Golden Globes 2020

Golden for everyone except the losers. Joe Shalbotnik via Flickr

Tearing down the establishment one award at a time

This year’s Golden Globe Awards were an event, I’ll tell ya. Immediately hit by controversy from the get-go, from the utter lack of female nominated talent to Ricky Gervais being picked as host, this season of the golden statues was teetering on the edge of oblivion from the start.
This seems to be the norm for award shows as of late, another grand controversy followed by nothing changing. You know, the Hollywood formula. The only way it could be more Hollywood was if people didn’t talk about said controversies. Oh, wait.

However, something magical happened when Gervais took the stage, everyone seemed to have a mental shift. It was hard to explain watching, but Gervais really tore into things early on in the night (the Epstein conspiracy, people not caring about theatres anymore, etc.) with a no-holds-barred fire behind his words. It’s quite humorous, actually.

If people wanted to look at a statement-based speech, they need look no further than Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech, where he basically tells his fellow actors to stop being shit. Food for thought. Onto the award winners:

Best Motion Picture – Drama: 1917

With the exception of A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood being absolutely robbed of a Best Picture nomination this year, the Best Picture Drama category was actually pretty well rounded overall. The Irishman, 1917, Joker, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes were all nominated for the award, with the World War I drama 1917 taking home the gold. You know, that film that came out around Christmas time . . . a whole two weeks before the Golden Globes . . . am I the only one petty about that? No? Moving on.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

My favourite film of the year, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also had some fierce competition. Going up against Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out, Rocketman, and Dolemite is My Name, this slow-paced homage to the western classic hits all the right.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Renée Zellweger, Judy

Well, holy. Congrats to Renée Zellweger for winning Best Actress at the Golden Globes. The last time she was nominated for a major award it was 13 years ago. 13 years ago! This comes as a massive shock (at least to me) considering Zellweger has been such a staple of the Hollywood scene for many years. With that in mind, congrats again Renée. I hope to see more success in your future.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Where to start. A movie shrouded in controversy from its use in music to its supposed promotion of violence; Joaquin Phoenix managed to something amazing in making people care more about the performance rather than the debate. You have to understand, all the aforementioned issues people had with the film were more or less done away with after watching the captivating performance of Phoenix in what is truly a film that brings out the best in what he has to offer. Congrats Mr. Phoenix, hope you win the Oscar.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy: Awkwafina, The Farewell

I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard of The Farewell, but I have heard of Awkwafina.  And now with her award win for The Farewell, it’s my hope that more people will hear of Awkwafina as she is an amazing actress and deserves more recognition for her work. Honestly, she’s more or less fantastic in everything she’s in.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Taron Egerton, Rocketman

If you don’t like Elton John then I don’t like you, plain and simple. On the same note, if you didn’t like Taron Egerton’s performance as Elton John in Rocketman than see above. The music, the style, the flash, Egerton owns it and then some. Not to shabby of a singer either.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir

The first female composer to win the Golden Globe, Hildur’s score puts the cherry on top of this already gritty film. The settle moments combined with the utterly epic ones make for this composers score to be put high above the rest. As well, the film’s moving narrative on the same level as it’s music make the movie . . . well, it’s basically really, really, good.

Now for the rapid fire round:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Finally gets an award for playing high all the time, keep up the good work Brad!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Laura Dern needs to be in more projects! Hire her Hollywood!

Best Director – Motion Picture: Sam Mendes, 1917

Your movie came out two weeks before this awards show, I’m sure it’s good but I’m still allowed to be annoyed.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman – Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

It’s a song by Elton John, of course it’s going to win!

Best Motion Picture – Animated: Missing Link

Frozen II didn’t win so there is a God.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Another award for writing. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language: Parasite

I’m sorry I haven’t seen it Marty!

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