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GOLDEN GLOBES 2020

1917 conquers the Golden Globes

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- Sam Mendes’ UK-US co-production dominated the list of winners, which nevertheless lacked European talent, except in the TV categories

1917 conquers the Golden Globes
Sam Mendes, on stage at the Golden Globes ceremony with one of his awards for 1917

Ever since its limited screenings for professionals and lucky viewers, the new film by Sam Mendes, UK-US co-production 1917 [+see also:
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, was expected to be a big player in the awards season – but not all of the experts counted on it to be the conqueror of the 77th Golden Globe awards, handed out on Sunday 5 January in Los Angeles. The continuous-shot dash into enemy territory during World War I received the two most important awards it was vying for: Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director. The lack of nominations in the rest of the categories (besides these two, it was only up for Best Score) and the presence of strong competitors prompted a very heterogeneous list of winners, although not a very European one.

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UK’s Taron Egerton was one of the surprise winners of the evening, taking home the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy award for his portrait of Elton John in Dexter Fletcher’s biopic of the music star Rocketman [+see also:
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. The film was also the winner in the Best Original Song category, with “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, performed by both Egerton and John.

The other acting awards were not too keen on European talent, leaving Antonio Banderas, a frontrunner for his work in Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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, out of the evening’s winners. Only Rupert Goold’s Judy [+see also:
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, a UK-US co-production, saw its acting recognised, thanks to the Best Actress – Drama award for US-born Renée Zellweger.

In the Best Foreign-Language Film category, as expected, Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winner Parasite took the statuette home, beating European hopefuls Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodóvar, Les Misérables [+see also:
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by Ladj Ly and Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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by Céline Sciamma.

The only European talent to shine in the rest of the list was Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir – the talent behind the scores for Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking [+see also:
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]
, Baltasar Kormakur’s The Oath [+see also:
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and Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland [+see also:
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interview: Dome Karukoski
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– who received the Best Original Score award for her work in Todd PhillipsJoker. This feat also marked the first ever win by a solo woman composer in this category.

This year, European works were more exhaustively rewarded in the TV categories . BBC-Amazon’s Fleabag won Best TV Series – Comedy and Best Actress TV Series – Comedy for lead and showruner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sky-HBO’s Chernobyl won Best Miniseries or TV Film and Best Actor Miniseries or TV Film for Sweden's Stellan Skarsgård, and British actress Olivia Colman won Best Actress TV Series – Drama for her work in Netflix’s The Crown.

Here is the full list of winners:

Film

Best Motion Picture – Drama
1917 [+see also:
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– Sam Mendes (UK/USA)

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

Best Director
Sam Mendes - 1917

Best Actor – Drama
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker

Best Actress – Drama
Renée Zellweger - Judy [+see also:
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trailer
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]
(UK/US)

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Taron Egerton - Rocketman [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Dexter Fletcher
film profile
]
(UK/USA)

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina - The Farewell

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt - Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern - Marriage Story

Best Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Original Score
Hildur Guðnadóttir - Joker

Best Original Song
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, Rocketman

Best Animated Feature
Missing Link – Chris Butler

Best Foreign-Language Film
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho (South Korea)

TV

Best TV Series - Drama
Succession

Best TV Series - Comedy
Fleabag (UK)

Best Miniseries or TV Film
Chernobyl (UK/USA)

Best Actor TV Series – Drama
Brian Cox - Succession

Best Actress TV Series – Drama
Olivia Colman - The Crown

Best Actor TV Series – Comedy
Rami Yousef - Rami

Best Actress TV Series – Comedy
Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag

Best Actor Miniseries or TV Film
Russell Crowe - The Loudest Voice

Best Actress Miniseries or TV Film
Michelle Williams - Fosse/Verdon

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or TV Film
Stellan Skarsgård - Chernobyl

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or TV Film
Patricia Arquette - The Act

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