Golden Globes 2020: ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’

07 January, 2020

Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix won the lead acting prizes for film, while “Fleabag” and “Succession” each took home two TV awards. In a night of major upsets, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s ode to late 1960s-era Los Angeles, emerged as the big winner at the 77th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, taking home trophies for best musical or comedy, screenplay and supporting actor. Over all, it was a moment when the Hollywood establishment pushed back against the streaming services that have aggressively arrived on the scene. Sam Mendes’s “1917,” a World War I epic that does not arrive in wide release in theaters until Friday, was named best drama, and Mendes received the Globe for best director. “I hope this means that people will turn up and see this on the big screen, the way it was intended,” Mendes said from the stage in an unsubtle swipe at Netflix.



It was a humiliating evening for the streaming giant. Netflix went into the ceremony with a leading 34 nominations, including six for Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” more than for any film, and five for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” But Netflix left with only two prizes: Laura Dern collected the Globe for her supporting role in “Marriage Story” and Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) was named best actress in a television drama.



Amazon and Hulu each took home a pair of awards, notably a win by “Fleabag” (Amazon) for best TV comedy. But Apple TV Plus was shut out. In contrast, HBO converted four of its 15 nominations into wins, including Globes for best drama (the soapy media family series “Succession”) and best limited series (“Chernobyl”). Sony Pictures, the studio behind “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” was the big winner among film companies.



In contrast, HBO converted four of its 15 nominations into wins, including Globes for best drama (the soapy media family series “Succession”) and best limited series (“Chernobyl”). Sony Pictures, the studio behind “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” was the big winner among film companies.

The ceremony began on a frothy and obscene note, as the returning host, the British comedian Ricky Gervais, cracked numerous jokes that were bleeped by NBC censors. He mocked Joe Pesci by likening him to Baby Yoda, cracked an extremely vulgar joke that involved the “Cats” star Judi Dench licking herself, poked fun at Hollywood’s focus on diversity and pronounced that “no one cares about movies anymore.”



In presenting the Globe to DeGeneres, the “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon spoke about what it meant to her, as a young lesbian, to see DeGeneres come out of the closet. “The only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV,” McKinnon said. “Attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change.”

DeGeneres fought back tears, thanked McKinnon and joked the same was true for her watching Carol Burnett: “Every time she pulled her ear, I knew she was saying, ‘It’s O.K. I’m gay, too.”

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