Sunday, January 5, 2020

Golden Globes 2020 Updates: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' wins three, Joaquin Phoenix takes best actor

Brad Pitt won best supporting actor at the Global Globe 2020
Brad Pitt ruled the 1960s of Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" as a steely and memorable stuntman, and he's not doing too bad in modern-day L.A. either winning best supporting actor at the 77th annual Golden Globes.

"Holy moly!" Pitt said when accepting the award, the second win ever in the category. (He also won in 1996 for "Twelve Monkeys.") Pitt remarked that when he was starting out, his fellow nominees Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins "were like gods to me so this is an honor. All my respect."

It was one of three "Once Upon a Time" wins, as the movie also won best comedy or musical and Tarantino took home best screenplay. "When I win a writing award, you don't share the script with someone else," he said. "I kind of don't have anybody to thank. I did it. But this time more than usually most, I had a fantastic cast that took it from the page and added an extra layer."

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Joaquin Phoenix won best actor in a drama for his villainous high-profile turn in "Joker," thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a plant-based meal, director Todd Phillips and the crowd for "putting up with me," and his fellow nominees for "the beautiful, mesmerizing work you've all done this year."

There were also some major upsets: Taron Egerton snagged best actor in a comedy or musical for the Elton John fantasy biopic "Rocketman." "I really wish I had written something," said the British actor, who thanked his fellow "icons" in the category -  little Roman Griffin Davis of "Jojo Rabbit" - and John for "living a life less ordinary." And "1917" filmmaker Sam Mendes upended powerhouses Martin Scorsese and Tarantino for best director. "That is a big surprise," Mendes said. "There is not one director in the world who is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese."

Awkwafina was named best actress in a comedy or musical for "The Farewell." "If I fall upon hard times, I can sell this," said the comedian, who dedicated the Globe to her father. "I told you I'd get a job, Dad." She's also the first woman of Asian descent to win the category. “It’s pretty mind-blowing. It feels incredible," Awkwafina added during a backstage interview. "But there’s this other feeling that you want there to be more. I hope this is just the beginning.”

Laura Dern also picked up honors at the glitzy extravaganza, hosted by Ricky Gervais: She won supporting actress for "Marriage Story." Supporting characters often give "voice to the voiceless," Dern said, and she thanked director Noah Baumbach for letting her "give voice, pay tribute to the divorce lawyer. Long, long overdue."
Laura Dern won best supporting actress for her role as a tough lawyer in "Marriage Story" 
HBO's "Succession" snagged two Globes, for best TV drama and lead actor Brian Cox, and so did "Fleabag," which won best comedy as well as lead actress in a comedy for creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Waller-Bridge said the success of Season 2 "really comes down to" co-star Andrew Scott. "There was a lot of talk about the chemistry between us in the show but he could have chemistry with a pebble. And I was glad to be Andrew's pebble." She also thanked President Barack Obama for him putting "Fleabag" on his 2019 favorites list. "As some of you may know, he's always been on mine," Waller-Bridge said, referring to an Obama gag in her show's first season.

Olivia Colman, who won film best actress honors last year for "The Favorite," won the Globe for lead actress in a TV drama for Netflix's "The Crown," in which she stars as Queen Elizabeth II. "For the last year, I feel I've been living someone else's life," Colman said, "and now I definitely feel I've won someone else's award."

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