Awards season kicked off Sunday night with the 2020 Golden Globes, the 77th version of the annual TV-and-movies ceremony.
Going into the awards show, Netflix’s Marriage Story led the 2020 Golden Globe nominations with six, including Best Film, Drama. Netflix dominated the nominations overall, with four films nominated for best film in the drama and comedy or musical categories: The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes and Dolemite Is My Name. Netflix led all nominees with 34 total nominations.
In the TV categories, the streaming service won two awards, both for acting. Laura Dern’s depiction of a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story won her the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a Limited Series for her performance as the Queen in The Crown.
In the movie categories, the traditional movie studios ended up taking top prizes, essentially shutting out Netflix. Sam Mendes’ war movie 1917 took home Best Director and Best Picture, Drama.
Russell Crowe won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Fox News Channel architect Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice. Fleabag, which dominated September’s Emmy Awards, was honoured as Best Comedy Series and its star-creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge claimed the Best Actress award.
Ramy Youssef won the best actor trophy for a musical or comedy for Ramy, a show about an Arab Muslim family in New Jersey.
Chernobyl won Best Limited Series for HBO, as did Succession for Best Drama.
Brad Pitt won his first acting Golden Globe since 1996 for with his Best Supporting Actor in a film trophy for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. Taron Egerton won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his depiction of Elton John in Rocketman. Relative newcomer Awkwafina picked up a surprising but deserving win for her performance in The Farewell.
Joaquin Phoenix took the Globe for Best Actor for playing mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck in director Todd Phillips’ Joker, and Renee Zellweger’s turn as Judy Garland in Judy won her the Best Actress Golden Globe.
He kicked off the show by telling the audience his fifth time hosting would be his last, then proceeded to deliver an expletive-laced skewering of Hollywood’s elites.
True to his reputation, Gervais opened the show on Sunday with a mix of evisceration and exasperation, pretending to confuse Joe Pesci for Baby Yoda, calling the Hollywood Foreign Press Association racist and declaring Netflix’s takeover of Hollywood.
He was bleeped multiple times, once for referring to a body part of Dame Judi Dench, and then when he advised the night’s winners to stick to thanking their agents and their Gods, not lecturing the general public.
“Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg, so if you win, come up, accept your award, thank your agent and your god and (expletive) off,” he said.
When some groaned about his joke about the former financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in jail after being arrested for allegedly sex trafficking girls, he responded: “Shut up. I know he’s your friend.”
He also joked about the age of Leonardo DiCaprio’s dates by saying even Prince Andrew, a former friend of Epstein who has denied he was involved in Epstein’s alleged crimes, wouldn’t approve.
“Even Prince Andrew is like, c’mon, Leo. Mate, you’re nearly 50,” said Gervais.
Tom Hanks received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an accolade for film. He is a four-time Golden Globe winner for his acting work on Big, Philadelphia and Forrest Gump along with his directing efforts in HBO’s 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.
Hanks accepted the award from presenter Charlize Theron after a clips package that began with his second career role in 1980 on the schlocky TV series The Love Boat.
After apologizing for having a cold, Hanks looked at one of the front tables at the Beverly Hilton, and immediately turned around, leaving many in attendance confused.
He turned back around with tears in his eyes.
“A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that,” He said to wife Rita Wilson and his kids at the table with her. “I can’t tell you how much your love means to me.”
He shifted from laughs to tears throughout the rest of the speech.
Ellen DeGeneres was honoured with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in TV, with a lengthy montage of her life’s work.
Find a complete list below of the nominees and winners in the major categories.
Best Motion Picture (Drama)
** WINNER: 1917
The Two Popes
Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Dolemite is my Name
** WINNER: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Motion Picture (Animated)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
** WINNER: Missing Link
Toy Story 4
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
** WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
** WINNER: Renee Zellweger, Judy
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Daniel Craig, Knives Out
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
** WINNER: Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)
** WINNER: Awkwafina, The Farewell
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
** WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
** WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Best Director (Motion Picture)
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
** WINNER: Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Best Screenplay (Motion Picture)
** WINNER: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
The Two Popes
Best Original Score (Motion Picture)
** WINNER: Joker
Best Foreign Film
Pain and Glory
** WINNER: Parasite
Best Original Song (Motion Picture)
“Beautiful Ghost,” Cats
** WINNER: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen II
“Spirits,” The Lion King
“Stand Up,” Harriet
Best Television Series (Drama)
Big Little Lies
** WINNER: Succession
The Morning Show
Best Television Series (Comedy/Musical)
** WINNER: Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Television Performance by an Actor (Musical/Comedy)
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
** WINNER: Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Best Television Performance by an Actress (Musical/Comedy)
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
** WINNER: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best Television Performance by an Actor (Drama)
** WINNER: Brian Cox, Succession
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Best Television Performance by an Actress (Drama)
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
** WINNER: Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Television Performance by an Actor (Limited Series)
Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
** WINNER: Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Best Television Performance by an Actress (Limited Series)
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Merritt Weaver, Unbelievable
** WINNER: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Best Supporting Actor (Television)
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
** WINNER: Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
Henry Winkler, Barry
Best Supporting Actress (Television)
** WINNER: Patricia Arquette, The Act
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
** WINNER: Chernobyl
The Loudest Voice
— With files from The Associated Press