Golden Globes 2023: Steven Spielberg creates history, wins eighth Best Director trophy for 'The Fabelmans'
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and his latest film, ‘The Fabelmans’, is a story about how much he loved movies and wanted to tell stories that were unique. The movie received universal acclaim for epic storytelling and great direction and as a result, Spielberg won the Best Director accolade for the aforementioned auto-biographical movie.
‘The Fabelmans’ follows the journey of a young and film-obsessed teenager growing up in Arizona and North Carolina. The teenager fell in love with the movie when his parents take him to see ‘The Greatest Show on Earth'. He didn’t stop there and went on to make his own films at home, much to the delight of his supportive mother. The veteran filmmaker won the coveted trophy for the seventh time in his career and has taken home the prize for his previous movies like ‘ET the Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and ‘West Side Story’.
This year’s best director category was entirely comprised of men and included names like James Cameron (‘Avatar: The Way of Water’), Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’), Martin McDonagh (‘The Banshees of Inisherin’), and Baz Luhrmann (‘Elvis’).
Accepting the award for ‘The Fabelmans’, Spielberg noted that he didn’t tell this story for decades and “put a lot of things in my way of this story.”
He continued, “I told this story in parts and parcels all through my career. ‘E.T.’ Has a lot to do with this story. ‘Close Encounters’ has a lot to do with this story. But I never had the courage to hit this story head-on until [‘Fabelmans’ co-writer] Tony Kushner [and I] were working on ‘Munich’ a long time ago, [and he] started telling me about all these stories about [his] life. The conversation lasted all through ‘Munich,’ all through ‘Lincoln’ and ‘West Side Story.’ Everything I’ve done up to this point has made me ready to finally be honest about the fact that it’s not easy to be a kid. The fact that everybody sees me as a success story… But nobody really knows who we are until we’re courageous enough to tell everyone who we are.”
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Spielberg concluded his speech by saying that he’s really happy that he told his story and even though he is 74 now, he is more than happy to tell such a personal story at this point in his career.
‘The Fabelmans’ has been nominated for three Golden Globes and stars Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Gabrielle LaBelle, and Julia Butters in pivotal roles.