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Paul Giamatti Dedicates Golden Globes Best Actor Win to Teachers for 'The Holdovers'

Paul Giamatti wins Best Actor at 2024 Golden Globe Awards, thanks family and teachers, beats out other top actors.

Paul Giamatti was honored with the award for best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards. The actor received the award from Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell for his portrayal of Paul Hunham in The Holdovers. This marked Giamatti's sixth Golden Globe nomination and his third win.

During his acceptance speech, Giamatti humorously remarked on the unconventional nature of his character, stating, "Surely this is the first time this award has been given to an actor who has played a man who smells like fish." He expressed his gratitude to the Golden Globes and director Alexander Payne, acknowledging Payne's unwavering faith in him. Giamatti also extended his appreciation to the other individuals involved in the film, including his girlfriend and his son, who had recently graduated from college.

Directed by Alexander Payne, The Holdovers follows a history teacher at a remote prep school who is compelled to stay on campus during the holidays with a troubled student. Giamatti emphasized the significance of teachers, expressing his admiration for the profession and dedicating his award to them.

In a competitive category, Giamatti emerged victorious over esteemed actors such as Jeffrey Wright, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Damon, Nicolas Cage, and Timothée Chalamet. The 2024 Golden Globe Awards were hosted by Jo Koy and aired on CBS, marking a change from previous years on NBC. (Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Productions is owned by Penske Media Eldridge, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Eldridge that also owns The Hollywood Reporter.)

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