Last night saw the biggest stars of film and television come together for the first major awards ceremony of the 2020s; the Golden Globes.
On the cinematic side of things, the epic dramedy Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood clinched three Globe wins including the coveted Best Film (Comedy/Musical) gong ahead of the likes of Jojo Rabbit and Knives Out.
Brad Pitt overcame stern competition from the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci to win Best Supporting Actor while Quentin Tarantino picked up the Best Screenplay accolade.
It was also a memorable night for the war thriller 1917 as it scooped two Globe wins for director Sam Mendes and more importantly, Best Film (Drama). The film, which is released in the UK on January 10, beat Netflix’s epic crime drama The Irishman which ended up winless from five nominations!
Elsewhere, there were double successes for the psychological drama Joker and the musical fantasy Rocketman as both films claimed two awards apiece. Joaquin Phoenix deservedly landed Best Actor (Drama) for his role as the troubled comedian-turned-supervillain while Hildur Guðnadóttir made history by becoming the first female composer to win the Best Original Score category.
As for Rocketman, Birkenhead-born actor Taron Egerton overcame the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Eddie Murphy to take home Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for his portrayal of legendary musician Elton John. Sir Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin also celebrated as they scooped Best Original Song for their ballad “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”.
Meanwhile, Renée Zellweger bolstered her hopes of Oscar glory as she prevailed in the Best Actress (Drama) category for her stirring portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy. The Comedy/Musical prize was won by Awkwafina for her performance in the Chinese dramedy The Farewell; a victory that keeps her in contention for a first Oscar nomination.
The Best Supporting Actress gong was awarded to Laura Dern for her role in the divorce-based drama Marriage Story. This was her fifth win at the Globes and came at the expense of Jennifer Lopez and Margot Robbie.
There was a major shock in the Best Animated Film category as Missing Link overcame big-hitters Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 to triumph while the Korean dramedy Parasite eased its way to a Best Foreign Language Film win.
Finally, the Cecil B. DeMille award was presented to two-time Oscar-winning legend Tom Hanks for his remarkable work over the past forty years with memorable performances in the likes of Splash (1984), Big (1988), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), The Polar Express (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Bridge of Spies (2015), Sully (2016), The Post (2017), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) and the Toy Story series (1995-2019).
To the surprise of no one, host Ricky Gervais delivered a brutal monologue that ripped into the likes of Cats, Prince Andrew, Leonardo DiCaprio and the #MeToo campaign.
The full list of film winners can be read below:
BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Joaquin Phoenix, JOKER
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Renée Zellweger, JUDY
BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Taron Egerton, ROCKETMAN
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Awkwafina, THE FAREWELL
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laura Dern, MARRIAGE STORY
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Hildur Guðnadóttir, JOKER
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
ROCKETMAN, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
On the television front, HBO’s Succession, BBC’s Fleabag and Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl all celebrated two wins apiece with programmes like The Morning Show, The Kominsky Method and Unbelievable going home empty-handed.
Succession roared its way to victory in the Best TV Series (Drama) lineup ahead of Big Little Lies, The Crown and Killing Eve while veteran Scottish star Brian Cox deservedly won Best Actor (Drama) for his fiery role as wealthy media founder Logan Roy.
Elsewhere, Olivia Colman overcame strong competition from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and fellow Brit Jodie Comer to win Best Actress (Drama) for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown’s third series.
More British success was to come from Fleabag as the BBC sitcom landed Best TV Series (Comedy/Musical). Leading lady Phoebe Waller-Bridge was once again victorious in the Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) category as she won for her role as the long-suffering title character.
The Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) accolade was surprisingly won by Ramy Youssef for his role in the comedy series Ramy as he defeated bigger names like Michael Douglas, Bill Hader and Paul Rudd.
Unsurprisingly, Chernobyl clinched Best Mini-Series / Motion Picture Made for Television with Stellan Skarsgård picking up Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Soviet politician Boris Shcherbina.
An absent Russell Crowe secured Best Actor (Mini-Series / Motion Picture Made for Television) for his portrayal of the disgraced Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice while the female category was won by Michelle Williams for her role as real-life dancer Gwen Verdon in the mini-series Fosse/Verdon. As she did at the Emmys, Williams delivered another powerful speech about women’s rights and choices.
The Best Supporting Actress gong was awarded to Patricia Arquette for The Act which came at the expense of the great Meryl Streep and British duo Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson.
Finally, the Carol Burnett award was presented to television icon Ellen DeGeneres for her contributions to the small-screen which included her taboo role in the sitcom Ellen (1994-98) and her long-running chat show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The full list of TV winners can be read below:
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Brian Cox, SUCCESSION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Olivia Colman, THE CROWN
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Ramy Youssef, RAMY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, FLEABAG
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Russell Crowe, THE LOUDEST VOICE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michelle Williams, FOSSE/VERDON
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Stellan Skarsgard, CHERNOBYL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Patricia Arquette, THE ACT