Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor
The 77th annual Golden Globes took place on January 6, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Cali. The atmosphere for the awards was light and amusing considering the host was comedian Ricky Gervais, who hosted the popular awards show four times previously.
The awards show was a standard award show, complete with staged humor and the occasional bump in the road. The awards portion of the three hour long special was fairly dignified, and was able to give high profile actors and actresses a chance to be recognized for their pristine and honorable work on the big screen.
Below are a list of the awards and the award winners, and a quick synopsis of the award decision.
Best performance by an actor in a television series–Comedy: Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”). “Ramy” is about a first-generation Muslim who is on a spiritual journey in a tiny neighborhood set in New Jersey.
Best performance by an actor in a limited series or a motion picture made for television: Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”). “The Loudest Voice” is a mini-series that is centered around the founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes. It talks of how Roger made his way to the top of the Republican Party.
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television: Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”). This is a mini-series that is produced by HBO that centers around the history of the nuclear disaster that occurred in 1986.
Best television series–drama: “Succession”. This show revolves around the wealthy Roy family and their enormous media empire. One of the major plot points is how to divide the empire between the Roy children.
Best performance by an actress in a television series–comedy: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”). This comical television series follows a woman known as Fleabag as she struggles to deal with tragedy and love. The addicting loveable show is set in London, and shows how tough and courageous Fleabag is.
Best motion picture–foreign language: “Parasite”. Can’t say that I have enough information about these films to agree or disagree. I’ve only watched one, it being “Les Miserables”, and it was truly breathtaking. I believe “Les Miserables” is more widely known than the others, so I would have ended up choosing that one. This movie shows discrepancies between social class when two families, quite the opposite, meet and issues arise.
Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television: Ellen DeGeneres. I agree with this award decision whole-heartedly. Ellen DeGeneres has graced televisions across the nation for decades and has done so much for others. She has accomplished so much, especially when you realize that she started off as just a stand-up comedian.
Best performance by an actor in a television series–drama: Brian Cox (“Succession”). I disagree with this quite a bit, just because it won against an actor from “Game of Thrones”. I said what I said.
Best screenplay–Motion picture: Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”). This film focuses on a washed-up movie star and his stunt double trying to achieve stardom once again in the last few years of what was known as the Golden Age in Hollywood.
Best motion picture–animated: “Missing Link”. “Missing Link” is about an animated character named Mr. Link who recruits fellow friends to help track down some of his long lost family members in a mysterious land.
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture: Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”). This is a compassionate, and endearing story about a marriage ending and the struggle to keep the family as normal as possible.
Best television series–musical or comedy:”Fleabag”. Everybody could watch more comedies, including me. I haven’t had the chance to watch “Fleabag” yet, but Rotten Tomatoes rates it at a whopping one hundred percent.
Best original song–motion picture: “I’m gonna love me again” Elton John, Bernie Taupin- Rocketman. I was fortunate enough to go to the movie theatre when this insane movie was released. It blew me away, but I will admit that I don’t remember this song. It must not have impacted me. I have not had the chance to see “Frozen 2” which was also up for this award, and I have heard and appreciated the song “Into the unknown”. It impacted me, and I believe it was pretty deserving of this award.
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television: Patricia Arquette (“The Act”). This is a Hulu Original mini-series starring Patricia Arquette with fellow costar Joey King. It tells the truly horrific, real story of Gypsy Blanchard killing her mother, DeeDee Blanchard after being forced to play along with the charade that she is very sick.
Best performance by an actress in a television series–drama: Olivia Colman (“The Crown”). This is a historical drama web television series about the 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II and her reign.
The Cecil B. deMille award: Tom Hanks. This loveable actor deserves such a pristine award for his many iconic roles, no doubt.
Best director–motion picture: Sam Mendes. Respectable decision, but the director of ‘Joker’ definitely should’ve took this award home for the tremendous production.
Best performance by an actress in a limited series or a motion picture made for television: Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”). “Fosse/Verdon” is an epic love story based on the lives of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. A romance between a filmmaker and the best of the best choreographers.
Best television limited series or motion picture made for television: “Chernobyl”. I have to disagree with this one also. I have seen a bit of “Unbelievable” which was also up for this award and the message it shares along with the ability to bring such a dark subject to light is incredible.
Best original score–motion picture: Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”). I love everything about this sick, uncut film, including the music. I support this one hundred percent.
Best performance by a supporting actor in any motion picture: Brad Pitt (“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”). All actors that were up for this award are very deserving, but Brad Pitt gave viewers an incredible performance in this film, and I’m glad it paid off for him.
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture–musical or comedy: Targon Egerton (“Rocketman”). “Rocketman” follows the brilliant, and somewhat unbelievable life story of Elton John. While sharing some of Elton’s biggest life moments, it manages to play some of his biggest hits and keep audiences very entertained.
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture–musical or comedy: Awkwafina. I love anything to do with Awkwafina. She is just down right hilarious and very fitting for such an award.
Best motion picture–musical or comedy: “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”. Two of my favorite actors are part of this movie, and seeing them work together and have it flow so effortlessly really set them up for receiving an award such as this. No complaints.
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture–drama: Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”). This brilliant addition to the supervillain franchise shares the life story and the reasoning behind the Joker and his sick choice to wreak havoc.
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture–drama: Renee Zellweger (“Judy”). Judy stars Renne Zellweger as Judy Garland who, thirty years after starring in Wizards of Oz, performs and reminisces over her career. Whilst doing so she begins a notable relationship with her soon-to-be fifth husband.
Best motion picture–drama: “1917”. This movie tells a tale of two British soldiers who are given seemingly impossible orders to deliver a life-saving message to their fellow soldiers. While making this trek they have to be stealthy and safe when crossing enemy territory.
A complete list of candidates, winners and the titles of the awards can be found here: https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/golden-globes-awards-show-2020-01-05-nominees-winners-highlights-performances-today-live-updates/