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It was the Shameless star’s first Golden Globe nomination.
“My fellow nominees. I am in awe of you. I’m not sure where you are, but you’re all legends. It’s an honor just to have my name near yours, truly,” White said in his acceptance speech.
White continued to show his admiration for the series and his character, as well as thanking the show’s production, crew, costars and his team. “You changed my life,” he added. “I am incredibly, incredibly grateful.”
White plays Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto in the FX/Hulu series, a young chef from the fine dining world who has to return home to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop after his brother’s suicide. In the critically acclaimed dark comedy, White must face his new reality all while dealing with his new kitchen staff, family and the pain of losing his brother.
Backstage, when asked about what it was like balancing comedy and dark themes in the series, White said, “It’s like life — there are moments that are funny, moments that are sad, moments that are frustrating. I think when we got together and started talking about the show, you know, I just wanted to do Carmy justice. I think we wanted to the kitchen industry and service industry justice, and make something that was honest and true to those folks.”
The Bear covered some difficult topics, such as suicide, and White revealed that weeks before filming, a friend of his died by suicide. Since the series came out, he said, “people have reached … saying that it resonated with them.”
When the first season of the series premiered on June 23, it had a 100 percent rating among critics and a 92 percent score with viewers on Rotten Tomatoes.
When asked about season two backstage, White didn’t reveal much, saying he hasn’t read anything yet. But he did speculate that viewers could “see the process of building a kitchen from the ground up” in the second season.
That actor beat out Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building), Bill Hader (Barry), Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building) and Donald Glover (Atlanta).
The Bear was also nominated for best musical or comedy television series at the 2023 Golden Globes. Find the complete winners list here.
Jerrod Carmichael hosted the 80th annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Tuesday night, marking the first show since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s controversy.
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