The 2020 Golden Globes Were Full Of Shocks, Upsets and Surprises

The 2020 Golden Globes were an interesting event. Going in, Netflix looked poised to earn its first big victory at an awards show, with several films looking to earn the streaming service some much earned recognition. By the time the smoke cleared however, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent a clear message to them, you’re still not welcome here.

This year’s Golden Globes were supposed to be the night that Martin Scorsese added another trophy to his awards case, or perhaps the realistic and emotional Marriage Story would make its case for the Oscars. Even Eddie Murphy looked ready to claim a second statue. Unfortunately though, all three didn’t win where they were supposed to. Scorsese lost Best Director to Sam Mendes (who looked positively stunned when he was announced as the winner) and The Irishman lost Best Drama to 1917. As for Murphy, he lost Best Comedy or Musical Actor to Rocketman’s Taron Egerton who was so convinced he wasn’t going to win that he didn’t even prepare a speech. There were of course a few expected wins, such as Brad Pitt winning Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and Quentin Tarantino winning for Best Screenplay as well as the film taking home the Best Comedy or Musical trophy. There doesn’t look to be anything that will stop  Joaquin Phoenix from taking home an Oscar this year either after winning Best Dram Actor for Joker.  Renee Zellweger was also expected to win for her role as Judy Garland in Judy, and she did.  

Netflix went into the Golden Globes with a record 34 nominations, and came out with only two wins. One was Laura Dern winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Marriage Story (which in itself was an upset as Jennifer Lopez was expected to win), and the other was on the TV side of things with Olivia Coleman winning Best Actress for The Crown. At this point it’s unclear if this trend will continue for the Oscars, but the nomination announcement are due next week so we will get a clearer picture then.

The Golden Globes also recognize the best in television, but there were really no surprises in who won those honours this year, with Succession, Fleabag and Chernobyl winning their respective categories. Brian Cox (Succession) and Olivia Coleman (The Crown) won Best Actor and Actress in the Drama field, while Ramy Youssef won Best Actor Comedy or Musical for Ramy and Phoebe Waller-Bridge won for Fleabag.

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