2020 Golden Globes
January 6, 2020

The 2020 Golden Globes wasn't able to grow last year's audience, although it wasn't a ratings disaster.

An average of 18.3 million viewers tuned into Sunday's show, the smallest audience for the ceremony in eight years, per The Hollywood Reporter. In the demographic of adults 18 to 49, the ratings fell 10 percent.

Still, this result was better than it sounds considering it's a relatively minor viewership dip from last year's audience of 18.6 million. For comparison, the 2019 Emmys saw a much bigger drop-off, plunging to 6.9 million viewers from 10.2 million the year prior. The Washington Post's Steven Zeitchik called this Golden Globes result "somewhat heartening news" for the industry.

Deadline also points out that last year's Golden Globes had a better lead-in with an NFL playoff game that ended just six minutes before the ceremony started, whereas this year, the game ended about 20 minutes before Ricky Gervais kicked things off.

The top film prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday were handed out to 1917, Sam Mendes' World War I drama that's not yet in wide release, and Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, the Quentin Tarantino film that became a box office hit over the summer. Succession and Fleabag were also awarded the top television awards, although the year's biggest TV event, Game of Thrones, received only one nomination that it didn't win.

The 2019 Oscars surprisingly bucked the trend of awards shows shedding viewership by improving for the first time in five years, but it remains to be seen whether the Academy can avoid another slip in 2020. Some pundits have speculated that the unusual number of controversies surrounding last year's Academy Awards — including the show going host-less after emcee Kevin Hart stepped down over old offensive tweets — gave it a ratings boost. No host has been announced for next month's show, which is set for Feb. 9. Brendan Morrow

January 5, 2020

Another year, another shock pick for the Golden Globes' top prize.

1917 on Sunday took the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, triumphing over the favorite, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. Marriage Story, another Netflix film, was also a strong contender, while other critics predicted a win for Joker.

But 1917 swept in for the top prize instead after its director, Sam Mendes, also shocked with a win in the directing category. Netflix hoped to score its first win in one of the best picture categories at the Golden Globes after not one but four of its films were in contention.

Instead, the streaming service ended up walking away from the show with only two wins, with Laura Dern winning the best supporting actress prize for her performance in Marriage Story and Olivia Colman winning for her leading performance on The Crown. But The Irishman, the Scorsese epic hailed as one of the year's best films, was shut out. Eddie Murphy also didn't win for his performance in Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name, as pundits expected.

"This could have been a much better night for Netflix given the number of titles, especially on the film side, that were nominated," The Hollywood Reporter's Natalie Jarvey notes.

Ironically, the evening started with Ricky Gervais joking about the inevitability of Netflix dominating the night, with the comedian quipping, "This show should just be me coming out going: 'Well done, Netflix. You win everything, good night.'" As it turns out, they sure don't. Brendan Morrow

January 5, 2020

Renée Zellweger just cemented her status as an awards season favorite with a Golden Globe win.

The actress on Sunday won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her performance as Judy Garland in Judy. She was the heavy favorite in this category, with her main competition having been seen as Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story.

This is Zellweger's fourth Golden Globe win but first since 2004; she previously won for Nurse Betty, Chicago, and, most recently, Cold Mountain.

In her acceptance speech, Zellweger told those in the crowd that "you all look pretty good 17 years later," thanking the Golden Globes for "inviting me back to the family reunion."

Zellweger also reflected on Garland's "legacy and her humanity," concluding that the "choices that we make matter, what we make matters, and how we chose to honor each other in our lifetimes can matter a great deal down the road." Brendan Morrow

January 5, 2020

For his performance in Joker, Joaquin Phoenix got what he deserved, according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: a Golden Globe Award.

Phoenix on Sunday took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor — Motion Picture Drama. He was considered the frontrunner in the category, with pundits having seen Marriage Story's Adam Driver as his primary competition.

In his acceptance speech, Phoenix praised his fellow nominees, saying he's "honored to be mentioned with you." On the live broadcast, the actor, who told those in attendance they need to do "more" than simply express their support for Australia amid the wildfires there and instead "make some changes," was censored multiple times.

This is the second Golden Globe for Phoenix, after he won for Walk the Line in 2006. He's also the latest actor to win a Golden Globe for playing the Joker after Heath Ledger posthumously took the supporting actor prize in 2009 for his performance in The Dark Knight. Brendan Morrow

January 5, 2020

Michelle Williams used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to encourage women to hit the polls this November.

Williams won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie for Fosse/Verdon. "When you put this in someone's hands, you're acknowledging the choices that they make as an actor, moment by moment, scene by scene, day by day," she said. "But you're also acknowledging the choices they make as a person — the education they pursue, the training they sought, the hours they put in." Williams said she was "grateful" for the recognition, and also pleased to "live in a moment in our society where choice exists, because as women and as girls things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice."

Williams said she tried "my very best to live a life of my own making," and she would "not have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose. To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives knowing as all mothers know, the scales must and will tip toward our children." While her "choices might look different than yours," she thanks "God or whomever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live buy yours."

Williams then implored women "18 to 118" to "vote...in your own self interest. It's what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. Don't forget, we are the largest voting body in this country. Let's make it look more like us." Catherine Garcia

January 5, 2020

Quentin Tarantino has finally taken one of the top prizes at the Golden Globes.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won the Golden Globe on Sunday for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, becoming the first film written and directed by Tarantino to win either one of the two top best picture awards at the show.

Previously, Tarantino won screenplay Golden Globes for writing Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, and he won for writing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Sunday night. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has also honored actors from his films, including with two wins for Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, as well as Brad Pitt earlier on Sunday's broadcast.

Now, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is headed to the Academy Awards, where it looks to be in a tight Best Picture race with Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. Like at the Golden Globes, Tarantino has received Oscars for his screenplays, but one of his films has never won Best Picture. Brendan Morrow

January 5, 2020

Taron Egerton just took home the leading actor in a musical or comedy Golden Globe in yet another surprise upset.

Egerton took the trophy for his performance as Elton John in Rocketman, beating out the frontrunners, Eddie Murphy and Leonardo DiCaprio.

In his acceptance speech, an emotional Egerton paid his respect to the "legitimate icons" in the category. He also thanked John himself "for being my friend."

This is Egerton's first nomination at the Golden Globes and first win, and it came after John's original song for Rocketman also won a prize earlier in the night.

"Quite the upset, brilliant as he was in Rocketman," NPR's Eric Deggans observed. "Looks like [the Hollywood Foreign Press Association] loves Elton..." Brendan Morrow

January 5, 2020

Awkwafina just made history at the Golden Globes.

The star of The Farewell picked up the Golden Globe on Sunday for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to ever win in this category, The Los Angeles Times reports.

In fact, Awkwafina is only the sixth performer of Asian descent to have been nominated in this Golden Globes category after Constance Wu, Hailee Steinfeld, Yvonne Elliman, Miyoshi Umeki, and Machiko Kyo, Gold Derby reports. Wu was the most recent of these performers to be in contention, having been nominated last year for Crazy Rich Asians.

This comes after Sandra Oh made history at last year's show by becoming the first woman of Asian descent to ever win multiple Golden Globes. Brendan Morrow

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