Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast wins Best Screenplay at Golden Globes

The highly anticipated feature film is due for general release late this month. Already, it has received rave reviews from critics and industry experts.

Last night saw the biggest names in the film industry come together to celebrate the best in the past year of filmmaking. And Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast took home the prize for Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes.

One of the biggest events in the film calendar took place last night, with the announcement of the 2022 Golden Globe winners.

This year’s ceremony was an extremely scaled back affair. No celebrities were in attendance and the winners were announced by press release.

With no red carpet or official press access, the event, normally televised, took place under much quieter conditions.

Belfast’s troubled past told on screen – a semi-autobiographical story

Belfast wins Best Screenplay at the 2022 Golden Globes.
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Achieving the title of Best Screenplay at the 2022 Golden Globes is the latest in a line of accolades Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast has received since its premier events late last year.

The film, which is due for release in the UK and Ireland on 21 January 2022, tells the story of a young working-class boy growing up in the Northern Irish capital in the late 1960s.

Starring Jamie Dornan as Pa, Caitríona Balfe as Ma, Ciarán Hinds as Pop, Judi Dench as Granny, and, of course, Belfast lad Jude Hill as Buddy, the movie is one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2022.

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast wins Best Screenplay at Golden Globes – a long line of praise

Belfast wins Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes 2022.
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The news that Belfast has been awarded the Golden Globes’ Best Screenplay is the latest in a long line of praise the film has already received.

In September 2021, Belfast won the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Then, the National Board of Review named it among the best films of 2021.

In October, it was announced that Jude Hill would be put forward for the Best Actor award at the 94th Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, co-stars Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, and Ciarán Hinds have been placed in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Forerunner at the Golden Globes – nominated for seven awards

Belfast won Best Screenplay at the 2022 Golden Globes.
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Alongside numerous other awards at various film festivals, Belfast also received an impressive seven Golden Globe nominations.

The movie not only won Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes. Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast also tied with The Power of the Dog to receive the most nominations at this year’s ceremony.

Nominations included Best Motion Picture – Drama and Kenneth Branagh for Best Director.

Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds both received nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Meanwhile, Caitríona Balfe was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Van Morrison’s ‘Down to Joy’, which was created for the film, was also nominated for Best Original Song.

Golden Globes 2022 – the winners

The Power of the Dog won Best Motion Picture: Drama.
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At this year’s event, The Power of the Dog won Best Motion Picture – Drama. Meanwhile, West Side Story took home the prize for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Will Smith and Nicole Kidman won the awards for Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama. Similarly, Andrew Garfield and Rachel Zegler won Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Irish actress Ruth Negga was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Clare Bellew in Passing.

Find out more about this year’s awards here.