Paul Giamatti was the surprise winner of Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy at the 2024 Golden Globes for his performance in “The Holdovers.” After his emotional acceptance speech, Giamatti continued the celebrations with a late-night trip to In-N-Out Burger.
Emotional Win for Giamatti
Giamatti received a standing ovation when his name was announced as the winner. In his acceptance speech, the veteran actor thanked his real-life teacher wife and dedicated the award to teachers everywhere:
“I want to thank my wife, who is a teacher – she’s the reason I’m up here… This is for all the teachers out there struggling and trying and doing their best.”
He also got emotional talking about his father, late actor Paul Giamatti Sr.: “I wish my dad was alive to see this.”
Giamatti has been acting for over 30 years but this was his first Golden Globe win. He previously earned an Emmy for HBO’s “John Adams” mini-series.
Paul Giamatti’s Major Acting Awards
|Best Actor – Comedy/Musical
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
|Screen Actors Guild
|Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
|Too Big to Fail
Backstage later, a jubilant Giamatti said the experience of winning was “totally surprising and weird.”
Late Night Celebrations at In-N-Out
After the awards show ended, Page Six reports that Giamatti was spotted at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles with his wife Elizabeth Cohen and another couple around 1 AM.
An insider said that the group was in high spirits: “Paul was super happy and ordered a Double-Double with fries and a chocolate shake.”
Photos show Giamatti triumphantly holding up his Golden Globe trophy next to the fast food feast.
The actor has spoken before about his love of hamburgers, saying “a good burger can really revive me.”
This wasn’t the first time a celebrity has stopped for a late-night fast food fix after a big awards show in Los Angeles. Stars like Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt and Taraji P. Henson have previously made post-ceremony stops for burgers, pizza or donuts.
What’s Next for Giamatti
At 57 years old, this win caps off a remarkable year in Giamatti’s long career. In addition to his starring turn in “The Holdovers,” he had a key role in arguably the year’s most acclaimed film “Oppenheimer” which is nominated for Best Picture (Drama) at the Globes.
While “The Holdovers” was passed over for honors tonight, Giamatti’s victory will bring renewed attention to the funny and heartwarming film. The Hollywood Reporter expects a box office bump next weekend thanks to his raised profile.
There is also increased Oscar buzz for Giamatti, especially after wins by similar underdog contenders like Colin Farrell. However, competition is fierce in the Best Actor category with Farrell and Austin Butler (“Elvis”) leading the pack for now.
As for what’s next, Giamatti will reunite with “Billions” costar Corey Stoll in the upcoming FX series “The Patient” playing a therapist held prisoner by a serial killer. He also has two films in post-production: “Rick & Morty” creator Dan Harmon’s comedy “Krapopolis” and the drama “Empire of Light” starring Olivia Colman.
No matter what comes next, Paul Giamatti’s memorable Golden Globes moment will go down as the crowning achievement so far of his impressive career. After the awards circuit ends, he can look forward to more great roles and hopefully more trophies now that his talent has been recognized once again.
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