The 77th Golden Globes were to be a crowning achievement for Netflix. Instead, two big-screen epics took top honors on Sunday, as Sam Mendes’ technically dazzling WWI tale “1917” took home the award for Best Film, Drama, and The Radiant Los Angeles Fable. by Quentin Tarantino “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” won the award for best film, comedy or musical.
The victories for “1917” came as a surprise, beating favorites such as “Marriage Story” by Noah Baumbach (the main nominee with six nods) and “The Irishman” by Martin Scorsese. Both are acclaimed Netflix releases, but they only won one award, for Laura Dern’s supporting performance as a divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story.” “The Irishman” was excluded entirely.
“1917 ″ also won the award for best director for Mendes. The film was shot in long shots, giving the impression of unfolding in one shot.
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“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” had an easier path than the more competitive drama category. Brad Pitt won the award for Best Supporting Actor, his first Acting Globe since 1996 for “12 Monkeys,” bolstering his status as an Oscar favorite.
“I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn’t because all the women I stand next to say I’m dating, so that would just be awkward,” Pitt said.
Ricky Gervais, host of the ceremony to televise on NBC for the fifth time, began the evening with a curse-laden plea against hypocrisy, telling the winners to stick to thanking their agent and their god. But throughout the night, those who took to the stage took the opportunity to speak out on topics such as the currently raging Australian wildfires, destabilization in Iran, women’s rights, l importance of LGBT pioneers and even the importance of being on time.
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Gervais also argued that Netflix NFLX,
had taken control of Hollywood, considering the 34 nominations of the streaming service, in film and television, entering the Globes. But the awards were widespread among mainstream Hollywood studios, independent labels like A24, cable heavyweights like AT&T’s T,
HBO and related newcomers like Hulu.
As always at the Globes, there were surprises. Mendes’ Best Director award won the award from Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”). The price came at the right time for “1917”, which rolls out nationwide on Friday.
“There is not a single director in the world who is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese,” said a clearly surprised Mendes.
Awkwafina, the star of the successful independent family drama “The Farewell”, became the first woman of Asian descent to win the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. “If anything, if I’m going through tough times, I can sell this,” Awkwafina said, holding the award.
No other category has been more competitive this year than Best Actor. On Sunday, Joaquin Phoenix won for his loose performance in the controversial but hugely popular “Joker” in a category that included Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Gervais opened the 77th Golden Globes by declaring the films irrelevant, claiming to mistake Joe Pesci for Baby Yoda, calling the Hollywood Foreign Press Association a racist, and declaring that Netflix’s takeover of Hollywood is over.
Gervais, who has a series on Netflix, said he could sum up the three-hour awards show with a simple sentence: “Well done, Netflix. You win. ”The streaming giant entered the Globes with 34 nods: 17 in cinema categories and 17 in television categories.
Hosting the Globes for the fifth, and according to him the last time, Gervais was perhaps even sharper than before. He told officials in the room that reporter Ronan Farrow, who has exposed cases of sexual misconduct, was coming to pick them up. He said something vulgar that made Judi Dench’s role sound like “Cats”. And most importantly, he made fun of Hollywood hypocrisy, confusing stars for working for companies like Apple AAPL,
, Amazon AMZN,
and the Walt Disney Co. DIS,
while delivering speeches calling for social change.
“If ISIS were to launch a streaming service, you would call your agent,” Gervais told the Starry Crowd Sunday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story,” won her fifth Globe. (Dern was even Miss Golden Globe at age 15.) Her victory denied “Hustlers” star Jennifer Lopez her first major acting award.
The first prize of the evening went to a series of streaming services. Ramy Youssef won the award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical for his Hulu show “Ramy”. Best Actor in a Limited Series went to Russell Crowe for the Showtime series “The Loudest Voice”. He was not present due to the forest fires raging in his native Australia.
“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is based on climate change,” Crowe said in a statement read by presenters Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
Ahead of Sunday’s broadcast, some wondered how much growing tensions with Iran would be raised in the wake of the US targeted assassination on Friday of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. This was only mentioned more than half the time, when Patricia Arquette, winner for her performance in Hulu’s “The Act”, said that the story would not remember Globes day but would see ” a country on the brink of war “. She urged everyone to vote in the November presidential election.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her Emmy journey by winning Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She thanked former President Barack Obama for putting ‘Fleabag’ on his list of the best of 2019. With a smile, she added: “As some of you may know, he’s always been on mine.”
Waller-Bridge co-star Andrew Scott (of “Hot Priest” fame) missed out on the Category Supporting Actor award, which Stellan Skarsgård won for HBO’s “Chernobyl”.
HBO also triumphed in Best TV Series, where the second season of “Succession” beat Netflix’s “The Crown” and Apple TV Plus’s first Globe nominee, “The Morning Show”. Brian Cox, the Rupert Murdoch-like patriarch of “Succession,” also won the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. “The Crown” also brought home material, with Olivia Colman taking home the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, a year after winning the award for her performance in “The Favorite.”
The best foreign language film went to “Parasite” by Bong Joon Ho, a South Korean sensation which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Although it is an organization of foreign journalists, the HFPA does not include foreign films in its main categories, thus excluding “Parasite”, possibly nominated for best film at the Oscars next month.
“Once you get past the subtitle barrier, you’ll find so many more amazing movies,” Bong said through a translator.
Tom Hanks, also nominated for his supporting role as Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. The Carol Burnett Award, a similar honorary award for achievement in television, went to Ellen DeGeneres. It was touchingly presented by Kate McKinnon who said DeGeneres’ example had guided her in her own coming out.
“The only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV,” McKinnon said.
Hanks’ speech had its own emotional moment. As he began to comment on how important it was for actors to be on time, Hanks spots his wife and four children at a table near the stage and chokes on them.
“A man is lucky to see his family sit like this,” Hanks said.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin won the night’s heaviest battle, beating Beyonce and Taylor Swift. Their “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” won the award for best song. “This is the first time I’ve won an award with him,” Elton said of his songwriting partner. “Never.”
The Golden Globes, Hollywood’s freest TV awards show, could have an unusual influence this year. The approximately 90 voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have traditionally had little in common with the more than 9,000 industry professionals who make up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The HFPA is known to pack their show with as much star power as possible, sometimes even rewarding the likes of “The Tourist” and “Burlesque”.
Sunday’s show perhaps added to that story with an unexpected award for “Missing Link” for best animated feature on films like “Toy Story 4” and “Lion King”. No one was more surprised than its director, Chris Butler. “I am flabbergasted,” he said.
But this year’s condensed awards season schedule (the Oscars is Feb. 9) brings the Globes and the Oscars closer together. The ballot for Oscar nominations began on Thursday. Voters were sure to watch.
The shortage of female director nominations sparked more negative reactions than anything else at this year’s Globes. Only men have been nominated for Best Director (only five women have been nominated in the category so far), and none of the 10 films in the running for Best Picture has been directed by a woman, either. Time’s Up, the activist group that debuted at the 2018 Globes dressed in black, sharply criticized the HFPA for the omission, calling it “unacceptable.”
Last year’s TV show, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, remained stable in ratings, averaging 18.6 million viewers.