The Golden Globes Awards show made a comeback Tuesday night and Steven Spielberg came out as the big winner. His semi-autobiographical movie “The Fabelmans” won the Best Motion Picture — Drama award. And Spielberg himself took home yet another award for being the best director.
This was Steven Spielberg’s third Golden Globe award out of 15 nominations.
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The Fabelmans tells the story of Steven Spielberg’s youth. While fictionalized and with characters who have different names, the movie follows his story from moving to Arizona as a child and then to California because of his father’s career, to being bullied in high school for being Jewish and his start in film by making home movies as a kid. The movie also shows how Spielberg’s mother left his father for his father’s best friend when he was a teenager.
Steven Spielberg has said over the years that he put elements of his personal story in a number of films. The marriage of Richard Derfuss and Teri Gar falling apart in “Close Encounters” was related to his parent’s divorce, for example.
Spielberg spoke about this when accepting his Golden Globe Award saying, “I put a lot of things in my way of this story. I told this story in parts and parcels all through my career and my wife Kate [Capshaw] was always saying, ‘You have to tell this.’”
Steven Spielberg was very open and honest about his childhood saying, “Everything I’ve done up to this point has made me ready to finally be honest about the fact that it’s not easy to be a kid. Everybody sees me as a success story. But nobody really knows who we are until we’re courageous enough to tell everyone.”
“I spent a lot of time trying to figure out when I could tell that story,” he concluded, “and I figured out when I turned 74 years old. I said, ‘You better do it now.’ And I’m really, really happy I did.”