By David Villafranca
The Golden Globes opened the awards season in Hollywood with a red carpet in which Lady Gaga shone, a star of the year thanks to "A Star is Born," and with numerous Latin flavor from the hands of Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas.
This is the funniest event among all the award celebrations," Cruz told EFE, who was nominated for the best-supporting actress in a series for her role in "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace."
The Spanish actress stressed that one of the most difficult aspects to interpret a real person as Donatella Versace was "trying to capture its essence but not making an imitation."
This fourth nomination for Cruz in the Golden Globes coincides with the same number of his compatriot Antonio Banderas' candidacy, who chooses the best actor statuette of a series limited by "Genius: Picasso."
"I have several nominations (to different awards) and very rarely have I come up to pick up one, but those nominations have occurred in four decades, and that's what I like: to have been able to maintain myself for four decades in the créme and doing good jobs," Banderas said in statements to EFE.
Antonio Banderas and Nicole Kimpel EFE
The actor admitted his previous fear for embodying his idol Picasso in this series, but defended that this production has done a job "serious, solid, and difficult to refute."
Along with other bright-eyed Hispanics such as Ricky Martin, the newcomer Yalitza Aparicio was also introduced today, who has conquered the hearts of half the world with the film "Rome" by the Mexican Alfonso Cuaron.
"I think we still feel our nervous. This ceremony is so big and so beautiful that we are still enjoying this moment," he told EFE.
"And although it's Alfonso's story and it's personal, 'Rome' connects with your own life and removes those memories you have forgotten," he said.
Regarding fashion, Lady Gaga, as well known for her enormous musical and interpretative talent as for her striking "looks," opted today for a long blue dress, with her shoulders in the air and bulging ornaments on her forearm, which accompanied with a shiny necklace and her hair pulled back with a ribbon dyed in a light indigo.
These Golden Globes, some awards organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), are the first ones after the historic edition of 2018, in which almost the entire film and television community dressed in black to denounce the sexual harassment of women.
On this occasion, although artists like Rachel Brosnahan wore bracelets in homage to the feminist movement "Time's Up," Hollywood left aside the black color and was carried away by the glitter and metal finishing.
That was the trick, for example, of Penelope Cruz, with a black and bright low-cut dress with a bow on the back, or Nicole Kidman and her garnet and metallic ensemble.
The shiny and sparkly elements, whether to enhance entire garments from jackets to dresses or just as small details of color, were also a clear brand in the ensembles of Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, Gina Rodriguez, Rosamund Pike, Jessica Chastain or Regina King.
Carol Burnett and Amy Adams-EFE
And in the line with the casual and playful aroma that usually reigns in the Golden Globes, where the champagne circulates on the red carpet, other stars bet on colorful dresses.
In this sense, Amy Adams wore an intense blue in her dress and Claire Foy and Rachel Brosnahan showed up with yellow sets.
For men, almost always suited in the classic black and white tuxedo, some dared with a different detail like Idris Elba, who wore a suit in green tones, or the permanent original Spike Lee, with a purple set riveted with a beret and a gold pendant.