Sunday, January 5, 2020


There are several major media awards that focus on honoring achievements in motion pictures, and there are those that honor achievements in television. And then there are the Golden Globes with goes on to honor the best in a year for both small and silver screens. While the next Primetime Emmys or Oscars to award the cream of the crop for their respective media in 2019 will not be until later on in this New Year of 2020, the Golden Globes has already done its first strike this Sunday evening. For the most part, their announced winners were equally of the “expected” and “surprise” sorts.

Previous media awarding ceremonies have started singing the trend of how the award-winners are increasingly of the streaming source variety. But as Forbes put it the 77th Golden Globe Awards, held the night of January 5 at the Beverly Hilton, saw a revenge of sorts from the “traditional” sources of film and TV entertainment. And while streaming platforms like Netflix still eked out victories, TV networks and film studios marshaled its best content to put upstart streamers in their place. A selection of their choice wins will be detailed below.

Despite strong showings from Warner-DC’s super-villain movie “Joker” and the Netflix bio-drama “The Two Popes,” It was World War I film “1917” that got the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, followed by Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” for the Musical/Comedy sub-category. “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix got one back by winning Best Actor – Drama, his counterpart being Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in “Judy.” Supporting Performance nods went to Brad Pitt (“Hollywood”) and Laura Dern (Netflix’s “Marriage Story”). Amazingly, what should have been assured victories for any of Disney’s three animated offerings for 2019 were dashed by the box-office failure but critical darling “Missing Link” from Annapurna Pictures and United Artists.

On the television side, the streaming services had a far more competent showing with their original content. Netflix finally got one with its award-winner “The Crown,” as Olivia Colman followed her predecessor Clair Foy in winning Best Actress – Drama for portraying an older Queen Elizabeth II. Hulu was no slouch either with acting accolades for two of their shows: Ramy Youssef (Best Actor – Comedy, “Ramy”) and Patricia Arquette (Best Supporting Actress – Series/Mini/TV Film, “The Act”). But major networks also triumphed significantly here, such as HBO with Best Drama Series for “Succession” and Best Miniseries/TV Film for “Chernobyl.” BBC Three took Best Comedy Series with “Fleabag.”

The lifetime achievement awardees of the Golden Globes for 2019 are also both well earned. Veteran actor Tom Hanks received the cinematic nod with the Cecil B. DeMille Award while his TV counterpart, who received the Carol Burnett Award, was talk-show staple Ellen DeGeneres (above).

Image courtesy of LA Times


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