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Kenneth Branagh's Belfast wins Golden Globes 'best screenplay' award, but film's acting nominees miss out

Some of the cast of 'Belfast', attending the Irish premiere of the film last year

SIR Kenneth Branagh's movie, Belfast, won the best screenplay award at this year's Golden Globes, but the film's acting nominees missed out on prizes.

The semi-autobiographical drama, which is based on Branagh's childhood in Northern Ireland, had led the film nominations with seven nods.

But during the online 79th Golden Globes in the US on Sunday night, it took home just one gong - Best Screenplay.

Belfast follows the tale of Buddy and his working class parents, played by Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe, trying to make their way through the tumultuous late 1960s in Northern Ireland.

Due for release on January 21, Dame Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds also star as Buddy's grandparents with the drama looking back on Sir Kenneth's experiences of growing up in the Tigers Bay area in the north of the city.

But there was disappointment for the film's acting nominees with four of its actors failing to win.

Balfe and co-star Ruth Negga had been shortlisted for Best Supporting Actress, while Dornan and Hinds were among the Best Supporting Actor nominees - but all missed out.

Van Morrison, a Best Song nominee for Down to Joy from the film Belfast, also lost out to Billie Eilish's No Time to Die from the Bond movie of the same name.

Belfast also lost out at Best Picture to the dark western The Power of the Dog, which was named Best Drama and also took the prizes for Best Director (Jane Campion) and Best Supporting Actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

West Side Story's Ariana DeBose took home the Best Supporting Actress award with Steven Spielberg's remake of the iconic musical, which also won Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Rachel Zegler).

Nicole Kidman was named Best Actress for Being the Ricardos, while Will Smith was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard.

HBO's darkly comic series Succession also received three awards at the subdued ceremony, which has faced heavy criticism over the past year for diversity issues within its organising body.

The typically star-studded and joke-filled event was replaced by periodic updates from the Golden Globes website and official social media accounts.

The low-key ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles without a red carpet or official media access.

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