Margot Robbie, Taylor Swift and more on Golden Globes red carpet

Margot Robbie at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Golden Globes 2024/Golden Globes 2024 via Getty Images)

By Clare Thorp

BBC News

The 2024 awards season kicked off in style at the Golden Globes – the first major red carpet event of the year.

A four-month strike kept actors away from the red carpet for much of the second half of 2023, but Hollywood stars made up for lost time and dressed to impress.

Compared to the Oscars, the Golden Globes are usually a more relaxed affair, often resulting in a more playful mood on the red carpet. Margot Robbie – star of one of the night’s biggest films, Barbie – was certainly having fun with her outfit.

Margot Robbie at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Golden Globes 2024/Golden Globes 2024 via Getty Images)

Robbie wore a series of pink looks for last year’s promotional tour but it seemed she saved the best for last, wearing a custom-made replica 1977 Superstar Barbie outfit by Armani consisting of a hot pink sequinned dress accessorised with a tulle stole.

Taylor Swift arrived in colourful sequins, too – for her, a striking green gown.

Taylor Swift at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Golden Globes 2024/Golden Globes 2024 via Getty Images)

The singer, nominated for best cinematic and box office achievement for Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, walked the red carpet without her NFL boyfriend Travis Kelce, who was busy with a game a few miles away at LA’s SoFi stadium.

Red was the colour of choice for many celebrities. Julianne Moore wore a structured Bottega dress complete with deep pockets – which she said she wished contained snacks to get her through the three-hour show.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 07: Julianne Moore attends the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 07, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/WireImage,)

Florence Pugh wore a sheer red Valentino gown covered in delicate roses.

Florence Pugh on the red carpet

Inside she was seen embracing another lady in red, singer Selena Gomez, who wore asymmetric silk Armani Privé.

Selena Gomez

Ayo Edebiri, star of The Bear, looked stunning in strapless red Prada and later was named best actress in a musical or comedy series.

Ayo Edebiri

It wasn’t just the women wearing crimson. Saltburn star Barry Keoghan looked resplendent in red custom Louis Vuitton.

Barry Keoghan attends the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 07, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.

Keoghan is one of several male actors shaking things up on the red carpet. Gone are the days when the men all turn up in matching black tuxedos.

Andrew Scott, up for a best actor award for his role in All of Us Strangers, dressed top-to-toe in white.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 07: Andrew Scott attends the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 07, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Timothée Chalamet‘s sequinned Celine Homme jacket was relatively tame compared to some of his previous get-ups.

Timothee Chalamet

The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White – who recently became the new face (and body) of Calvin Klein underwear – kept it simple with a black suit, though his sheer shirt hinted at why he landed the modelling gig.

Jeremy Allen White

The Last of Us’s Pedro Pascal appeared to be sporting an injury, but his arm sling was dressed fabulously in Bottega Veneta.

Pedro Pascal

For many of the women, black proved to be the go-to option. British actress Rosamund Pike, nominated for her role as an aristocratic matriarch in Saltburn, accessorised her black lace dress with a dramatic matching headpiece – not entirely a fashion choice.

She says the “protective veil” is because she hurt her face in a skiing accident over Christmas.

Where will all the electric cars be charged?

a charging point converted from a lamp post on October 14, 2022 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China.
Image caption,People are paying attention to lamposts again

By Christine Ro

Technology of Business reporter

If electric cars are ever to become mainstream, then we are going to need a lot more places to charge them.

The key is to find space for chargers where people would actually use them. Curbside is the obvious spot, but there chargers are competing for space with pedestrians, wheelchair users, and others.

One solution is to simply repurpose existing infrastructure, without adding extra clutter to the built environment.

For instance, lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging is expanding. A big advantage of repurposing existing lampposts is that cities don’t have to dig in order to lay new cables, says Artis Markots, the chief executive of the Latvian start-up SimpleCharge, which is focusing on Central and Eastern Europe.

There are no complex permitting requirements, and a lamppost can be complemented with an EV charger within an hour.

The cost is also considerably lower than a fixed charger, Mr Markots reports, at roughly €1,500 ($1,6000; £1,300) per charger.

The Dutch company CityCharge also offers lamppost charging, but with a different model that requires new cables to be installed. CityCharge replaces conventional lighting poles with aluminium poles.

Ubitricity lampost charging
Image caption,It’s relatively cheap to convert a lampost into a charging spot

These have sleek black boxes for the payment terminal and charger.

Excluding installation, costs are in the €3-4,000 range per pole.

Heimen Visser, CityCharge’s chief executive, acknowledges that this is a bit more expensive than other on-street chargers. But he believes that this is essentially a 2-for-1 product, in which the pole’s lighting and charging can be serviced together.

Lamppost charging makes it possible to blanket towns and cities with lots of non-rapid chargers. The models of both CityCharge and SimpleCharge can go up to 22kW – faster than slow overnight chargers, but not as zippy as rapid chargers.

They can also operate 24/7.

However, Mr Markots says that in places with older infrastructure, they’re more likely to be for night-time charging, while the streetlights are switched on.

The Shell-owned company ubitricity has been adding EV charging capacity not only to lampposts, but also to bollards that it designs. Its bollards and lampposts offer charging at a typical rate of 5kW.

Some EV charging companies have been labouring over the design so that chargers are either unobtrusive or even visually appealing.

This includes chargers that are embedded into the ground – for example, pop-up chargers that can sink back into the pavement when they’re not being used.

A Trojan Energy pavement-embedded charger in London.
Image caption,Trojan Energy’s charging point is designed to be unobtrusive

Trojan Energy is a Scottish company whose chargers sit flush with the pavement, resembling miniature manhole covers from the outside. Most passersby probably wouldn’t even notice them.

The company has consulted with disability organisations to ensure that the chargers aren’t hazardous to those with mobility or sight impairments, for instance.

Trojan Energy has been working with North London councils to site hubs of six to 15 charge points, mainly along residential streets without driveways, where drivers are dependent on street parking. “Rows and rows of terraced houses are perfectly suited to our solution,” says Sarah Clements, Trojan Energy’s head of business development.

Customers need a dedicated attachment, called a lance, and which weighs 2.7 kg, to use a Trojan Energy charging point. Billing is done automatically through the lance. So the potential inconvenience of carrying around an extra device might be offset by the convenience of plug-and-play charging.

Opening up the street, doing the civil and electrical work, and then restoring the pavement requires some time, of course. Installation takes about two weeks for each hub.

Presentational grey line

Meanwhile, BT Group plans to convert old green street cabinets into charging points.

The metal cabinets are traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling, but many are coming towards the end of their lifespans.

A pilot programme is due to get underway soon in Scotland and BT thinks eventually up to 60,000 cabinets could be converted.

A different space-saving solution focuses on flexibility, rather than fixed points on existing pavements. Mobile chargers are being trialled in places like airport car parks, where it would make little sense to leave a car plugged into a charger for multiple weeks while the driver is travelling.

The UK company Nyobolt recently created Bolt-ee, a compact, ultra-rapid charger that can provide up to 300kW of DC power to charge a car within minutes. Sai Shivareddy, Nyobolt’s CEO and co-founder, likens this mobile device to a suitcase in size, though it’s heavier.

One version of Bolt-ee is mounted on wheels and semi-autonomous, so that it can rove around to reach a vehicle that needs a quick hit of power.

Full autonomy would be challenging to achieve. At the moment Bolt-ee still needs a human operator to plug the cable into the car. “To get an arm that goes into the charge point location is a big challenge,” Mr Shivareddy says.

Carmaker Hyundai has developed an automatic charging robot whose robotic arm guides the charging cable into the port, using an AI algorithm that works with a 3D camera. However, for now the base of the robot is fixed in place, while the arm moves around.

Overall, the flexibility of a mobile charger would allow space to be saved, and drivers wouldn’t have to fight for parking spots near a fixed charger.

The Bolt-ee mobile charger.
Image caption,Nyobolt’s Bolt-ee brings a charge to you

Mr Shivareddy says the mobile technology is also useful for rescue operations, so that a car wouldn’t need to be towed just because it’s run out of power.

And depending on how they’re rolled out, mobile chargers could address some of the inequities in where existing chargers are placed – largely along highways and in wealthy parts of cities.

Nyobolt says that Bolt-ee’s battery life exceeds 10,000 cycles. According to Mr Shivareddy, Bolt-ee works out cheaper than other chargers per kW.

Fully mobile charging could be useful for people with disabilities, says Liana Cipcigan, a professor of transport electrification and smart grids at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering.

Prof Cipcigan says that mobile charging robots aren’t necessarily commercially viable yet.

Another concern with mobile chargers is safety. “Moving these batteries could be a hazard,” Prof Cipcigan notes.

In terms of fire risks, Mr Shivareddy says that Nyobolt has carefully designed Bolt-ee to be ultra-efficient, and thus to generate very little waste heat.

None of these solutions alone will be sufficient to meet growing demand. There aren’t enough lampposts and bollards. Mobile robotic charging may remain niche. And pavement-embedded chargers won’t be suitable in places where the pavements are often sparse or dilapidated, like Los Angeles.

But together these kinds of innovative, space-saving solutions will help push forward the EV transformation.

As Prof Cipcigan says, there is much space for innovation in the EV charging market, and younger and smaller companies “could make an interesting impact on this very complex landscape”.

Host Jo Koy’s jokes fall flat and six other Golden Globes moments

The Golden Globe Awards on Sunday had everything – jokes which fell flat, public displays of affection, and plenty of Taylor Swift.

Oppenheimer, Poor Things and The Holdovers were among the big film winners, while Succession, Beef and The Bear scored some of the big prizes in the TV categories.

The Globes lived up to its boozy reputation with the red carpet even having its own bar along the way, the BBC’s Los Angeles correspondent Emma Vardy said.

As the stars passed underneath the signature golden chandelier and greeted each other, the glamorous night had a feel-good factor about it, a big contrast from the animosity felt over the actors and writers strikes a few months ago.

As the last champagne glasses are drained and the red carpet is rolled up, here are seven highlights from the ceremony:

1. A muted response to the host

Jo Koy at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 7, 2024

Comic Jo Koy, a first-time presenter at the Globes, struggled to get his opening monologue off the ground. As BuzzFeed’s David Mack joked, Koy’s monologue was, “in a tribute to Oppenheimer, a bomb”.

Koy himself seemed to acknowledge some of his jokes weren’t catching fire – at one point, he told the audience: “I got this gig 10 days ago, you want a perfect monologue?!”

Here’s a selection of his one-liners:

  • “When the Globes called me and asked if I wanted to host, I jumped at the chance. Then they asked me if I saw the movies and TV shows, and I said yes. I lied.”
  • “The minute I signed the contract, I started to binge watch everything, while my family were out there clanking champagne glasses and ringing in the new year, I was watching Oppenheimer. I just have one complaint: It needed another hour.”
  • “Oppenheimer answered a question that’s been on my mind for years: Yes scientists do get laid. As long as they look like Cillian Murphy.”
  • “Robert de Niro. Your last performance has got to be your greatest performance ever. How did you get her pregnant at 80?”
  • “Succession has nine nominations – a great series about a rich, white dysfunctional family, all scheming… oh no that’s The Crown, sorry.”
  • “How great was Imelda Staunton in The Crown? Her portrayal was so great, Prince Harry called her and asked her for money.”

Koy’s jokes throughout the night provoked a number of different reactions in the room. Selena Gomez was spotted with her head in her hands as the comedian made jokes about the Barbie movie.

Viewers also took to social media to comment on the opening monologue. Erik Anderson of Awards Watch wrote: “I thought the writers strike was over.”

2. Continued support for writers

Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 7, 2024
Image caption,Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore made reference to the writers’ strike

In 2023, Hollywood’s writers went on strike for several months, picketing outside the studios of major studios including Disney, Netflix and Paramount, over pay and work conditions in the streaming age.

When presenting the award for best screenplay, Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore defended the importance of screenwriters and poked fun at studio executives.

Steinfeld started by saying “This year we were all reminded of the critical importance of writer to the creative process.”

Kaluuya continued: “To demonstrate the importance of writers and writing, we asked that this segment be written not by writers, but by studio executives.”

The trio then performed an incomprehensible skit, suggesting that studio executives could never do the work of the professional writers.

3. No love from Tay Tay

Taylor Swift on the red carpet
Image caption,Taylor Swift was nominated in the cinematic and box office achievement category for her concert film The Eras Tour

Taylor Swift looked less than impressed when host and comedian Jo Koy took the opportunity to make a joke about the singer’s relationship with American Footballer Travis Kelce.

“We came on after football double header,” Koy said, noting the Globes had immediately followed a match.

“Do you know the big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? On the Golden Globes we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift.”

As the camera panned to Taylor, she took a long, long sip from her glass and showed little reaction.

Since the start of their relationship, Swift has frequently been seen cheering for boyfriend Kelce at Kansas City Chiefs games.

(The Globes continue to cut to Swift for the rest of the night.)

4. Don’t mess with Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh and Naomi Watts at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 7, 2024
Image caption,Michelle Yeoh presented an award opposite Naomi Watts

Well known for her athletic ability, mixed martial arts and stunt work, Michelle Yeoh is one actress you don’t want to cross.

Last year, Yeoh took home the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy actress for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

As the pianist began playing to signal it was time to wrap it up, she joked “Shut up, please. I can beat you up, and that’s serious!”

Presenting the award this year, Yeoh referred back to last year, commenting that she was “very chill”.

“I know last year I threatened to beat up the piano player if they tried to play me off my acceptance speech,” she recalled.

“While I won’t do anything if you cut me off this year, I will kick your ass if you cut off whoever is about to win this award right now.”

But plenty of winners were told to wrap up this year too. Emma Stone seemed to have only just started her speech before she said: “Oh my god, there’s only like 18 seconds left.”

To be fair to the Globes – the tight timings meant they finished only a few minutes late this year – Hollywood awards ceremonies often run much longer

5. ‘Thank you for answering my crazy, crazy emails

Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White clutching their Golden Globes
Image caption,Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White both won Golden Globes for their performances in The Bear

Ayo Edebiri, who plays Sydney in The Bear, won the Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy TV series.

In an unprepared speech, she recognised not just her agent and manager, but “all of my agents and managers assistants”.

“To the people who answer my emails – Y’all are real ones. Thank you for answering my crazy crazy emails!” she said.

Earlier this week, Edebiri’s co-star Jeremy Allen White, another winner at the Globes, launched his Calvin Klein campaign, causing a stir amongst fans online.

Speaking to press after accepting his award for best actor in a musical or comedy TV series, he said: “It’s been a weird couple of days”.

6. Jennifer Lawrence being Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence arriving at the Golden Globes
Image caption,Jennifer Lawrence jokingly threatened to leave the ceremony if she didn’t win

In true Jennifer Lawrence fashion, the actress provided the 2024 Golden Globes with one of its funniest and most unforgettable gags of the evening.

Lawrence was nominated in the best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical category for her performance in the R-rated comedy No Hard Feelings.

As the award was being announced, the Oscar winner mouthed “If I don’t win, I’m leaving!” directly to the camera.

Sure enough, she ended up losing to Poor Things star Emma Stone, but in the event, no one in the room looked happier than Lawrence.

Stone and Lawrence are close friends, and Lawrence stood up and cheered when Stone’s name was announced as the winner.

7. Kylie and Timothee were loved up

Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California
Image caption,Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner sat together during the ceremony

Timothee Chalamet was nominated in the best actor – musical or comedy category for his performance as the title character in Wonka.

He attended the ceremony with girlfriend Kylie Jenner. The pair have been dating for a few months, and although they didn’t walk the red carpet together, they sat together inside.

The Wonka star posed on the Golden Globes red carpet on his own, but once inside both he and Jenner appeared more interested in each other than the awards ceremony itself.

Chalamet eventually went on to lose to Paul Giamatti’s performance in the Christmas comedy drama The Holdovers, but he might not know that yet.

It appears 2024 is just getting started for the celebrity couple.

Tiger Woods and Nike end 27-year partnership

Tiger Woods
Image caption,Tiger Woods won his 15th major at the Masters in 2019

Tiger Woods and sportswear giant Nike have ended their long-term partnership after more than 27 years.

The 15-time major golf champion has used the brand’s products and equipment since he turned professional in 1996.

“The days since have been filled with so many amazing moments and memories, if I started naming them, I could go on forever,” Woods said on social media.

Nike said it was an honour to partner with “one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen”.

Woods, 48, first signed a $40m (£31.5m) five-year contract with Nike upon turning professional as 20-year-old in 1996.

The deal became one of the most lucrative partnerships in sports history as Woods dominated the world of golf for more than a decade to put him second on the list of men’s major champions, three behind leader Jack Nicklaus.

Becoming one of the world’s most famous sport stars, Woods signed further, multiple deals with Nike over his career, including a 10-year contract in that was worth a reported $200m.

Tim Derdenger, an associate professor of marketing and strategy at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business in the US, told the BBC the long-term partnership between Woods and Nike was “a win-win for everybody”.

In 2013, the academic was part of a research team which looked at the impact of Woods on the sales of Nike golf balls, which he switched to using in 2000.

Prof Derdenger said while Woods was paid $200m (£157m) to be sponsored by Nike over a 10-year period, the research found that Nike recovered 60% of the investment in sales of its golf balls in the US alone.

He said when Woods first turned professional in 1996, Nike “didn’t have a strong prominent position in the golf industry” and so struck gold when it launched the brand’s golf line with the upcoming star.

“What better person in hindsight to then bring out this phenomenal teenage, generational player to then launch their golf brand and apparel brand for Nike? He is golf, he is that person that brought the game to a massive amount of people over the last 25 years,” said Prof Derdenger.

“This was sort of the MO (modus operandi) for Nike and it still is to this day is to go out and find these athletes that are generational, or some of the best of their time, and build brands around them to help them drive sales of Nike products.”

Tiger Woods and Nike co-founder Phil Knight attend the Tiger Woods Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Public Library on October 20, 2016
Image caption,Tiger Woods and Nike co-founder Phil Knight in 2016

Woods, who returned to competition in November last year after a seven-month injury layoff, said in a statement across his social media platforms that he was “fortunate” to have partnered with Nike almost three decades ago.

Nike remained loyal to Woods during the up and downs of his career, including when scandal surrounding his private life emerged when he was at the peak of his golfing powers in 2009, and the golfer admitted being unfaithful to his then wife.

As major brands including razor blade maker Gillette, management consultancy firm Accenture and telecoms business AT&T cut ties with Woods, Nike said at the time it was standing firm and offered him its “full support”.

On Tuesday, Woods thanked staff and other athletes as well as Phil Knight, the co-founder and former chief executive of Nike, for his “passion and vision”.

Nike said in a statement to the BBC that the company was “grateful to have been a part” of Woods’ career.

“Throughout the course of our partnership, we have witnessed along with the rest of the world, how Tiger not only redefined the sport of golf, but broke barriers for all of sport,” it added.

While the reason for Nike and Woods’ partnership ending is not known, Prof Derdenger suggested the break-up will hurt the brand more, adding it had been a “struggle” for the company’s golf division in the last five to seven years.

In 2016, the company stopped selling clubs, bags and balls after years of falling sales and shifted its focus into golf footwear and clothes, which included sponsorship deals for another big name in four-time major winner Rory McIlroy.

But despite the popularity of McIIroy, Prof Derdenger doesn’t believe he has the same impact as Woods in “selling product”.

Without Woods, and (obviously) former basketball player Michael Jordan, “I don’t think Nike, it’s brand, would be where it is today,” he added.

“Those two athletes are synonymous with Nike and the growth of Nike.”

In recent years, Woods has used TaylorMade clubs, but his switch to Bridgestone balls was possibly an easier transition due to Bridgestone having previously made golf balls for Nike, Prof Derdenger said.

Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking a 4 feet putt to win the US Masters Golf Tournament with a record low score of 18 under par 13 April 1997 at the Augusta National Golf Club
Image caption,Woods celebrates winning the 1997 Masters, wearing his iconic Sunday red

What next?

January is often the month when new contracts between golfers and their sponsors are agreed.

Woods preempted questions over his future, telling his followers: “People will ask if there is another chapter. Yes, there will be certainly be another chapter.”

He told followers “See you in LA!”, which is where Woods is hosting the Genesis Invitational next month.

Woods has had a limited schedule since suffering a leg injury in a car crash in 2021. He said in December he would only play one event per month in 2024 as he recovers from ankle surgery, but added he still believes he can still win on the PGA Tour.

“Is Tiger Woods going to create his own line? Does he need a brand to pair with or is he enough? My answer is he is enough,” said Prof Derdenger.

“Look, Michael Jordan hasn’t played in 20 years and we are still buying his shoes.”

Record number of civilians hurt by explosives in 2023

Palestinians react after a reported Israeli air strike hits a car in Rafah, southern Gaza
Image caption,The war in Gaza is the main cause of the sharp rise in civilian casualties in 2023, AOAV says

By Jonathan Beale

Defence correspondent, BBC News

Last year saw the highest number of civilian casualties killed or injured by explosives in more than a decade, according to new research.

The UK-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded a 122% percent increase in civilian fatalities caused by explosives in 2023.

The rise is largely due to the war being fought between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Conflicts in Ukraine, Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia also contributed.

Research by the London-based charity is used by international forums such as the UN. It has also presented its evidence to the UK’s Parliament.

In 2023, AOAV identified at least 7,307 explosive incidents around the globe, up from 4,322 recorded the previous year.

The attacks caused the deaths of at least 15,305 civilians, accounting for a rise of 122% from 2022. Tens of thousands more were injured.

AOAV describes Israel’s war in Gaza as “a major cause for such a dramatic increase” in civilian casualties, accounting for around one third of the global total.

It recorded 920 incidents of explosive weapons use in Gaza, resulting in 9,334 people being killed. That is lower than other estimates.

AOAV says its data does not capture all harm, but does highlight clear trends in explosive violence. It says the data includes reports from reputable media organisations.

Israel’s military operation, which began on 7 October in response to the Hamas attacks, also contributed to a huge increase in the number of air strikes recorded, the charity said.

AOAV says the use of air-launched weapons across the globe increased by 226% in 2023 – rising from 519 incidents in 2022 to 1,694 last year.

Israel has repeatedly stated it has taken unprecedented steps to avoid civilian casualties, including issuing warnings in advance of air strikes.

But AOAV’s research shows that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, the vast majority of those injured are likely to be civilians.

AOAV’s director, Iain Overton, says its data should be a stark warning to states that using explosive weapons in urban areas disproportionately impacts civilians.

The charity also recorded a significant increase in the use of ground-launched weapons in 2023.

Israel ‘most injurious state actor’

Across the globe state actors were responsible for 77% of the civilian casualties caused by explosives.

AOAV says Israel “was by far the most injurious state actor in 2023”, with more than 1,000 attacks leading to 12,950 civilian casualties – dead and injured.

Russia was second, with its war in Ukraine causing 8,351 civilian casualties.

Ongoing conflicts in Sudan, Myanmar, Syria and Somalia also contributed to the highest civilian casualties recorded by AOAV since 2010.

Non-state actors, including militants and proscribed groups, were also behind the increase in the use of explosive weapons last year. However, AOAV recorded the number of civilians killed by non-state actors as falling by 8%.

Golden Globes 2024: Let’s hope the Oscars can provide more fun

Emma Stone at the Golden Globes 2024

By Caryn James8th January 2024

In a year that was supposed to reinvent the scandal-hit awards, the Golden Globes played it safe. But with an unfunny host and no entertainment factor, they were “just plain dull”.

It was the truest moment the television cameras captured at the Golden Globes: an unidentified woman sat at a table and let out a giant yawn. This year was meant to reinvent the awards, which were nearly destroyed when a 2021 Los Angeles Times report found lack of diversity and accusations of corruption in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Globes at the time. But the reconstituted group running things now couldn’t have intended the event to be so earnest and just plain dull, from Jo Koy, the blandest, least funny host in recent memory, to the sober, safe acceptance speeches. There were no political statements, no drunken rambling, no jaw-dropping surprises among winners and losers, all the things that made the old show at least fun to watch. Without the entertainment factor, it’s easier to see the Golden Globes for what they are: a campaign stop on the way to the Oscars.

A win adds momentum, but doesn’t mean much in itself and never has. As Vox wrote, “The Golden Globes have always felt a bit like the boozy cousin living in the basement of the Oscars”. The Hollywood Reporter put it more delicately, saying that the Globes can boost an Oscar bid, “even if the sanctity of the award itself has never been held in the highest regard”.   

But everyone shows up because the publicity and the perception of being a winner are the real victories. Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, Oprah Winfrey – no one with even the faintest hope of an Oscar stayed away from Sunday’s ceremony. They and their campaign strategists know that with voting for Oscar nominations set to begin on 11 January, being top of mind as a winner now is especially valuable.There were no political statements or big shocks among the winners and losers at this year's Golden Globes (Credit: Getty Images)

There were no political statements or big shocks among the winners and losers at this year’s Golden Globes (Credit: Getty Images)

The top Oscars, for best director and best picture, are widely seen as a race between Nolan and Oppenheimer v Scorsese and Killers of the Flower Moon, which did go head-to-head at the Globes. Nolan’s win for director and Oppenheimer’s for best drama would seem to give them the edge. But, reality check: last year, The Banshees of Inisherin and The Fabelmans won in comedy and drama categories and lost the Oscar to Everything Everywhere All At Once. Spielberg won the Globe for directing but lost to the Daniels. The Globes are not always good predictors of the Oscars.

If the mere perception of winning helps a campaign anyway, being labelled a loser can hurt. That is bad news for Bradley Cooper, whose Maestro, once considered a major awards contender, did not win a single Golden Globe. Cooper looked crestfallen at the end of Nolan’s acceptance speech.

And Barbie, which had nine nominations, more than any other film, lost all the big prizes. Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s What Was I Made For? won best original song and the film won a new award the Globes made up this year for cinematic and box office achievement, for a movie that earned more than $150 million. In 2018 the Oscars announced a similar “most popular film” category, which was so ridiculed it was scrapped before it even happened, but the Globes shamelessly went for it. None of that reads as Oscar momentum.

Lily Gladstone’s speech was just the kind of eloquent, heartfelt acceptance that plays well at the Oscars

The box office prize, with nominees including Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour film, did get Swift to show up, but also led to another bad-for-the Globes viral moment. She looked unamused and pointedly sipped champagne when Koy made a lame joke about how often cameras at football games cut to her reaction shots.

There were exactly two good moments in the show, both in the last half hour. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig did a comic routine, breaking into a silly dance as music kept interrupting them while they named some nominees. It was just a relief to laugh after a two-and-a-half-hour slog and cringe-y banter from the other presenters.

And Lily Gladstone, who won best actress in a Drama, the first Native American woman to receive the award, began her acceptance by speaking a few words in the Blackfeet language. In English, she said, “Native actors used to speak their lines in English and the sound mixer would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera”. It was just the kind of eloquent, heartfelt acceptance speech that plays well at the Oscars.

But those brief moments don’t change the reality that awards fatigue has started early this year. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Baftas are all lined up next, ahead of the Oscars. Those awards have nowhere to go but up.