Golden Globe 2020, Sam Mendes best Scorsese and Joaquin Phoenix best actor


1917 will hit theaters around the world over the next few weeks (the American release is scheduled for January 10th, the Italian one for January 23rd) and there is much anticipation for this film about the First World War but nobody imagined that could overshadow The Irishman and Martin Scorsese at the 77th edition of the Golden Globe. And instead it was so.

Exactly 20 years after his first and only Golden Globe for American Beauty (for the same film he also won the Oscar), Sam Mendes takes home the award for the best direction of a dramatic film. A surprise victory, since the favorites were rivals Martin Scorsese and Bong Joon-ho. But there is nothing for them to do either on this occasion or with regard to the Best Drama Award: it is still 1917 to win.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino does not stop there and brings home two other awards: best screenplay and best supporting actor who sees Brad Pitt favorite over Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins.

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Two awards also for one of the symbolic films of this year, Joker, which wins in the category of Best Actor in a Dramatic Film thanks to the incredible performance of Joaquin Phoenix and best soundtrack. The same fate goes to Rocketman, the biopic on Elton John, who wins Best leading actor in a comedy or musical film (the award goes to Taron Edgerton who played the well-known British singer-songwriter) and Best original song (for ‘I’m Gonna ) Love Me Again).

The awarded actresses are Reneé Zellweger, best lead actress in a drama film, for playing the film diva Judy Garldand in the biopic Judy; Awkafina, best actress in a comedy, for her performance in The Farewell (a historical award: she is the first Asian to win in this category); and finally Laura Dern, best supporting actress in the role of the lawyer of History of a wedding.

The best animated film is Missing Link, the new Laika title (the authors of ParaNorman and Coraline) not yet arrived in Italy, which beats Dreamwork and Disney which competed with three titles (Toy Story 4, Frozen II and The Lion King).

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As for the television awards, they win two series in the second season: Succession is the best drama and wins the prize for best male performance (to Brian Cox) while Fleabag is the best comedy and its protagonist and author Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins for the best female performance in the category. Olivia Colman was also awarded for the role of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and Rami Yousef (protagonist in Rami).

The best miniseries of the year is Chernobyl, while the winning actors were Russell Crowe and Michelle Williams as protagonists, respectively in The Loudest Voice – Sex and Power and Fosse / Verdon, and Stellan Skarsgård and Patricia Arquette as non-protagonists for Chernobyl and The Act.