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2020 Golden Globes Winners: JOKER Wins Two Awards

The 2020 Golden Globes has just wrapped up and there are plenty of interesting aspects to discuss. For starters, Sem Mendes’ war film 1917 won the biggest award, ‘Best Motion Picture — Drama.’ The film wasn’t dominating conversations during the pre-awards season, unlike say Joker, Parasite or The Irishman, but this victory gives it major momentum heading into the Oscars, especially since it releases wide in cinemas this week. 1917 also bagged the ‘Best Director’ award (Sam Mendes), which comes as no surprise since Mendes used a one-shot technique to craft his film. All of it sounds ferociously exciting and I can’t wait to check out the film in glorious IMAX at the Malaysian press screening tomorrow.

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What makes me really happy are the two awards won by Joker — ‘Best Actor – Drama’ (Joaquin Phoenix) and ‘Best Original Score’ (Hildur Guonadottir). These, to me at least, are no brainers. Phoenix delivered what can only be considered a heartbreaking performance of staggering genius as Arthur Fleck / Joker and Guonadottir produced easily the most soul gripping film album of the year. It would be a shame, though, not necessarily a surprise if these two don’t win their respective categories at the 2020 Academy Awards as well. If it were up to me, Joker would’ve won ‘Best Motion Picture – Drama’ too. The film is not only my favourite film of the year, but also topped the list of 25 Greatest Films of the Decade.

The biggest shame of this year’s Golden Globes is Knives Out being snubbed in the ‘Best Screenplay’ category. Rian Johnson penned a fabulously twisty screenplay packed with incredibly funny dialogue and smart commentary on American politics and class structure. However, we’re here to talk about those who actually received nominations and won. Look, the winner, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a really, really good film and you’ll never see me calling a Tarantino script anything less than wonderful. However, surely, Parasite should’ve won the award this time. I wonder if this is once again a case of Hollywood giving themselves a pat on their back. OUATIH is after all, a love letter to classic Hollywood.

Also, how on earth did Missing Link win ‘Best Animated Picture’? Yes, on the one hand, I’m happy that a film from Laika won the battle against Disney (which received 3 nominations in this category). I’m still slightly bummed that Kubo and the Two Strings lost to Zootopia a few years ago. That said, Missing Link is perhaps the second weakest of this year’s nominees. Toy Story 4 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 are far more deserving of the award.

Missing Link

Check out the full list of nominees and winners below:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Irishman
Joker
The Two Popes
Marriage Story
1917 – WINNER

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Knives Out
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Rocketman

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Farewell
Pain and Glory
Parasite – WINNER
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Les Misérables

Best Director – Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917 – WINNER
Todd Phillips, Joker

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Renée Zellweger, Judy – WINNER

Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Christian Bale, Ford v. Ferrari
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – WINNER
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina, The Farewell – WINNER

Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Emma Thompson, Late Night
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Daniel Craig, Knives Out
Taron Egerton, Rocketman – WINNER
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Laura Dern, Marriage Story – WINNER
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Al Pacino, The Irishman
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Frozen 2
Toy Story 4

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link – WINNER
The Lion King

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Thomas Newman, 1917
Hildur Guonadottir, Joker – WINNER
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman – WINNER

“Spirit,” The Lion King
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
“Stand Up,” Harriet
“Beautiful Ghosts,” Cats

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Barry
The Politician
Fleabag – WINNER
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown
The Morning Show
Succession – WINNER
Big Little Lies
Killing Eve

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Brian Cox, Succession – WINNER

Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown – WINNER
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
Ramy Youssef, Ramy – WINNER

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Loudest Voice
Chernobyl – WINNER
Unbelievable
Fosse/Verdon
Catch 22

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice – WINNER
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Christopher Abbott, Catch 22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon – WINNER
Merritt Weaver, Unbelievable
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Toni Colette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Patricia Arquette, The Act – WINNER
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Henry Winkler, Barry
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl – WINNER

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