Mitsotakis on Yorgos Lanthimos: A pioneering Greek among the leaders of international cinema

Yorgos Lanthimos

The Prime Minister commented that the distinction of Yorgos Lanthimos at the Golden Globes, which "highlights him as one of the greatest contemporary directors."

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis congratulates Yorgos Lanthimos for the award he won at this year's Golden Globes for the film Poor Things.

Speaking of a "pioneering Greek among the leaders of international cinema", the prime minister points out that the award, after the Golden Lion in Venice, "highlights Yorgos as one of the greatest contemporary directors."

The post by Kyriakos Mitsotakis:

A pioneering Greek among the leaders of international cinema! Well done to Yorgos Lanthimos for his distinction at this year's Golden Globes, with his film "Poor Things". Another award after the Golden Lion in Venice that highlights George as one of the greatest contemporary directors.

Thus, the creator's bold look at approaching current and, at the same time, timeless issues through expressive ways with his own unique stamp is justified.

Proving that cinema remains an art for many, bridging personal search with common concerns.

We are all proud. Congratulations again!

Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” Triumphs at the Golden Globes

Yorgos Lanthimos

“Poor Things” won the award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton.

This was the film’s second win of the night after Emma Stone won for the Best Actress award. The Greek director celebrated his Golden Globes win by giving a shoutout to Bruce Springsteen.

Luckily, Springsteen was in the audience to hear the praise, as the Poor Things director said: “I just wanted to speak to Bruce Springsteen. We have the same birthday. He’s been my hero since I grew up.”

Lanthimos thanked Springsteen for “making me grow up the way that I did” while accepting Poor Things‘ award. Stone also received a nod from the director. “She won. You know it. She’s the best,” he said.

Yorgos Lanthimos

Poor Things sees Stone play a young woman, Bella Baxter, who goes on a journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening as she travels around the world.

“Bella falls in love with life itself, rather than a person, she accepts the good and bad in equal measure,” Stone said in her acceptance speech.

“And that really made me look at life differently, and that all of it counts. She has stayed with me deeply, so this means the world to me.”

She thanked director Yorgos Lanthimos, saying she would be “forever be grateful that we met”, and writer Tony McNamara, to whom she joked: “I love getting to say this dialogue, and I love getting to horrify you with my Australian accent.”

Lanthimos, born in Athens in 1973 has received numerous accolades, including a BAFTA Film Award, three nominations for Academy Awards, and three nominations for Golden Globe Awards.

Poor Things: a provocative commentary

The Globes mark the first major ceremony of film awards season, which culminates with the Oscars on 10 March.

Adapted from Alistair Gray’s eponymous novel and scripted by Tony McNamara, the Greek director presents a fresh take on the Frankenstein myth. Poor Things serves as a provocative commentary on topics such as sexual freedom, class disparities, individual and societal self-determination, desire, and love.

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In September, Poor Things won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the 80th Venice Film Festival.

Oppenheimer was another big winner at the Golden Globe Awards, taking home five awards. Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr were both recognized for their acting performances, while Christopher Nolan won best director.

Succession scored the most wins in the TV categories following its acclaimed fourth and final season. Meanwhile, Barbie won the first box office achievement award, after grossing $1.4bn (£1.13bn) worldwide.

All the winners of the Golden Globes 2023

Oppenheimer: Drama Motion Picture

Barbie: Cinematic and Box Office Achievement

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer: Actor in a Drama Motion Picture

What Was I Made For?, Billie Eilish, FINNEAS: Original Song

Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer: Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

The Boy and the Heron: Animated Feature Film

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers: Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Emma Stone, Poor Things: Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture

Poor Things: Musical or Comedy Motion Picture

Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon: Actress in a Drama Motion Picture

Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers: Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer: Director of a Motion Picture

Succession: Drama TV Series

Anatomy of a Fall: Foreign Language Film

Anatomy of a Fall, Justine Triet, Arthur Harari: Screenplay of a Motion Picture

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