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Golden Globes Around the World Podcast: Steven Spielberg, Rewind

Four years ago, HFPA Austrian member, Elisabeth Sereda, sat down with Golden Globe and Cecil B. deMille award winner Steven Spielberg for our first podcast in celebration of our 75th anniversary.

Last month, Spielberg celebrated his own 75th birthday and that felt like a great time to rewind and revisit this fascinating 2018 conversation from the man behind work including Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982); The Color Purple (1985); Jurassic Park (1993); Lincoln (2012) and The Post (2017). Listen in as Spielberg takes us through his life and career from his youth when he first realized he wanted to be a director, to reveal how a tour at Universal Studios changed his path, why Jaws (1975) almost ruined his career, which movies challenged him most and why history is so important to him.

But it was when Sereda asked him if there were any dreams he still had as a filmmaker, he delivered his prophetic answer. “There is a whisper that always creeps up on me – ‘I have to do a movie like this someday’, so I can’t get this whisper out of my ear, which is ‘I want to make a musical’,” Spielberg confided to Sereda during the podcast. “I mean, talk about a genre of something I’ve never done! I’ve had little musical numbers from time to time in different films, but I would love to do a full-fledged musical like An American in Paris or Singin’ in the Rain or La La Land.

Or perhaps West Side Story? The 13th-time Golden Globe nominee who previously won two Best Director Globes – for Schindler’s List (1994) and Saving Private Ryan (1999) – has pulled off that dream, producing and directing the critically acclaimed musical film that just won three Golden Globe awards – for Best Supporting Actress, Ariana DeBoseRachel Zegler, and Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.

Congratulations to one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema; we can’t wait to see what’s next.