Why Zendaya Was Not at the 2023 Golden Globes To Accept Her Award

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Tonight, Zendaya is somewhere on the globe—just not at the Golden Globes.

At the Jan. 10 ceremony, the star nabbed the Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Television Series trophy for Euphoria. However, she wasn’t there to accept the award.

As for why she was absent? Jay Ellis, who presented the trophy alongside Glen Powell, noted that Zendaya has a lot on her plate.

“Zendaya couldn’t be with us tonight,” Jay explained on stage. “So, we are going to accept this award on her behalf. She’s busy, she’s working, y’all. It’s a good thing.”

It was stiff competition for the coveted category. Other contenders for the award included Emma D’Arcy for House of the Dragon, Laura Linney for Ozark, Imelda Staunton for The Crown and Hilary Swank for Alaska Daily.

Of course, this is not the first time Zendaya has been recognized for her work on the series, which she has both starred in and executive produced. In 2020, Zendaya nabbed her first Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for playing Rue. Two years later, the 26-year-old took home the same award for the same role.

During her 2022 Emmy acceptance, Zendaya shouted out the show’s cast and crew for allowing Euphoria to be “such a safe space to make this very difficult show.”

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Indeed, the series covers a variety of tough topics—which Zendaya hopes will speak to audiences.

“My greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people and I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me,” she noted on the 2022 Emmy’s stage. “I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me and carry them with her.”

For more 2023 Golden Globes winners, keep reading.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Avatar: The Way of Water

Elvis

WINNER: The Fabelmans

Tár

Top Gun: Maverick

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Babylon

WINNER: The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Triangle of Sadness

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Diego Calva, Babylon

Daniel Craig, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Adam Driver, White Noise

WINNER: Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin

Ralph Fiennes, The Menu

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Margot Robbie, Babylon

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Menu

Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

WINNER: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Tár

Olivia Colman, Empire of Light

Viola Davis, The Woman King

Ana De Armas, Blonde

Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

WINNER: Austin Butler, Elvis

Brendan Fraser, The Whale

Hugh Jackman, The Son

Bill Nighy, Living

Jeremy Pope, The Inspection

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

WINNER: Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Dolly de Leon, Triangle of Sadness

Carey Mulligan, She Said

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin

Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin

Brad Pitt, Babylon

WINNER: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse

Best Director, Motion Picture

James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water

The Daniels, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Baz Luhrmann, Elvis

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

WINNER: Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Best Television Series, Drama

Better Call Saul

The Crown

WINNER: House of the Dragon

Ozark

Severance

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

WINNER: Abbott Elementary

The Bear

Hacks

Only Murders in the Building

Wednesday

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Emma D’Arcy, House of the Dragon

Laura Linney, Ozark

Imelda Staunton, The Crown

Hilary Swank, Alaska Daily

WINNER: Zendaya, Euphoria

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Jeff Bridges, The Old Man

WINNER: Kevin Costner, Yellowstone

Diego Luna, Andor

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Adam Scott, Severance

Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

WINNER: Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

Jenna Ortega, Wednesday

Jean Smart, Hacks

Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

WINNER: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Best Limited Series or TV Movie

Black Bird

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Pam and Tommy

The Dropout

WINNER: The White Lotus: Sicily

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy

Julia Garner, Inventing Anna

Lily James, Pam & Tommy

Julia Roberts, Gaslit

WINNER: Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Taron Egerton, Black Bird

Colin Firth, The Staircase

Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven

WINNER: Evan Peters, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Sebastian Stan, Pam and Tommy

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus

Domhnall Gleeson, The Patient

WINNER: Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird

Richard Jenkins, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

WINNER: Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Claire Danes, Fleishman Is in Trouble

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven

Niecy Nash-Betts, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

John Lithgow, The Old Man

Jonathan Pryce, The Crown

John Turturro, Severance

WINNER: Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary

Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series

Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

WINNER: Julia Garner, Ozark

Janelle James, Abbott Elementary

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

Best Motion Picture, Animated  

WINNER: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Women Talking 

WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, Babylon

John Williams, The Fabelmans 

Carter Burwell, The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Todd Field, Tár 

Tony Kushner & Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

WINNER: Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

Sarah Polley, Women Talking

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