Not even bronze
It was a rather lacklustre night at the Globes, a shame for a star-packed ceremony that can often be rather loose and fun, despite some wacky choices. There were less alcohol-fuelled antics and although host Ricky Gervais kept promising to set fire to the rich and famous, all he did was throw a wet sparkler.
The awards themselves were a mixed bag but one with more treats than tricks with some deserved small screen prizes for Fleabag, Succession and Chernobyl and some pleasing wins for Sam Mendes, Renee Zellweger and Awkwafina on the big screen. Interestingly, one of the biggest contenders of the night, The Irishman, went home empty-handed and its backer Netflix almost did the same, scooping up just two awards from its 34 nominations.
By the end the night told or reinforced to us a number of things: being an awards show host remains a thankless task, 1917 is a genuine best picture contender at the Oscars and Michelle Williams gives a more convincing speech than most politicians. For now, it’s over but awards season has just begun.
Aaaaand here’s the full news wrap:
Here’s another one of the night’s most emotive speeches in case you haven’t yet seen:
It’s not just Gervais who critics are faulting but the event itself. Here’s Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson:
“What are the Golden Globes for in 2020? Mostly just a few hours of celebrity gazing, at this point. A stretch of time that, yes, can occasionally swell to something grander, something dimly approaching important, but is otherwise only a starry and distant evening to enjoy—or not—in January, just as the page has turned on another year. Maybe that’s all the show can be right now, for better and worse. Or that’s just complacency talking and the real solution—to the Golden Globes, not the world’s troubles—is to do some kind of radical shakeup next year. To introduce some actually edgy host, to honor a bold and forward-thinking array of nominees, to conjure up a sense that all the glitz has a real cultural sum to it. I’ll toast to that possibility, even if it means I’m lame for caring.”
Here’s a look back at some of the most notable outfits on the red carpet:
Here’s that Michelle Williams speech that you’ll all be reading about tomorrow:
While Netflix went into the night with the most nominations, on the small screen side it was HBO who came out on top with four wins and, importantly for the network long-term, none of them were for Game of Thrones.
For the New York Times, James Poniewozik had the following to say about Gervais:
“Gervais himself doesn’t care about the Globes so much that he was hosting them for the fifth time. He and everyone knew why he was there: to administer Hollywood a mostly consensual lashing, to be the Nihilist-in-Chief, the guy who doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He had a joke about Felicity Huffman’s jail sentence in a college-admissions scandal, and a heavily censored one imagining Judi Dench, of “Cats,” grooming herself in, er, a feline manner.
It was sometimes uncomfortable, but not especially daring.”
Incredibly important information:
A cursory look of Film Twitter and some early reviews might suggest that Ricky Gervais was a flop host tonight but not if you look much further to the right.
Controversial former NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch tweeted that he was “the ballsiest host ever”. Breitbart reporter Alana Mastrangelo tweeted that he’s “the only one who deserves an award tonight”. Ben Shapiro called it “the BEST THING EVER”. Candace Owens praised him as “a celebrity with the balls to clue Hollywood in on the painstakingly obvious truth that we DO NOT CARE WHAT THEY THINK”.
So congrats to Ricky.
Yeah about those Joaquin F-bombs that were removed from the almost live broadcast earlier. Here they are!
“To my fellow nominees, we all know there’s no fucking competition between us”
“There is no fucking best actor”
“Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat. But the boat is fucking rocked”
Full video on its way
And here’s how it all began with what’s allegedly, hopefully the last ever Ricky Gervais Globes opening monologue:
This is an important and deeply embarrassing question:
It’s been a night as long as an Irishman so in case you need to go back and check who won what then here’s a handy list:
Another first of the night: Awkwafina has become the first Asian-American woman to win the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy film
Sad but true but also amazing
WINNER: 1917 - best drama film
Woah a big shock here with the technically audacious Sam Mendes war movie beating out The Irishman, Marriage Story, Joker and The Two Popes. He’s honest about the importance of the award for a film like this just before it’s released wide in the US. It’s a film with a big budget yet without big stars and the win should help it reach a wider audience. The Globes are by no means a safe predictor of Academy success but this does make the Oscar race that much more interesting.
WINNER: Renee Zellweger - Judy - best actress in a drama movie
Most predicted this would happen but it’s a deserved win for Renee Zellweger with her comeback role as Judy Garland. It’s a return to normality after Phoenix’s speech, a list of names and gratitude but with time running out, she’s another big name being played off by music. It’s horribly awkward to watch at the end, volume increasing.
Joaquin’s speech is causing some confused reactions:
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix - Joker - best actor in a drama film
Not a total surprise this one, even if the film has fallen down considerably from its Golden Lion-winning pedestal in Venice last year. He starts his speech by talking about the powerful message sent by the HFPA by having a plant-based menu. There’s a great deal of silence after as some cursing is a major component of his time on stage. He appears to be criticising the nature of awards, there just to sell advertisements. More on the specific curses later.
His nervy, uncomfortable speech ends with a callout for people making more changes in their own lives rather than just voting. He’s the first person tonight to be played off by music. It was easily the night’s most awkward moment.
Footage on the way but for now, here’s how that powerful Michelle Williams speech has been going down:
WINNER: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood - best musical or comedy film
No surprise here, given the awards that came before and given how this category can often have a low bar for entrance (hello The Tourist). But a vital reminder that, despite a summer release date, Tarantino’s 60s-set caper remains a major best picture contender.
Quick, impressive fact here. Hildur Guðnadóttir is the first woman to ever win the Golden Globe for best score on her own. In 2000, Lisa Gerrard won for Gladiator alongside Hans Zimmer.
Brad Pitt’s done a joke:
WINNER: Awkwafina - The Farewell - best actress in a musical or comedy film
“If anything, if I fall upon hard times, I can sell this,” says a surprised Awkwafina winning for her role in breakout comedy drama The Farewell, one of last year’s most loved films after it premiered at Sundance. This is a big win for the comedian and should help push her into the best actress category at next month’s Oscars.
WINNER: Taron Egerton - Rocketman - best actor in a musical or comedy film
This wasn’t a category with a clear frontrunner yet still this feels like a surprise victory for Taron Egerton playing Elton John in Rocketman, beating out Daniel Craig, Eddie Murphy and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s less of a surprise given that the HFPA did give Bohemian Rhapsody best picture last year.
Aaaand here’s a lovely interview with Globe-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir from last month:
WINNER: Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) - best supporting actor in a film
Another one of the night’s most easily predictable categories but still quite the win for Brad Pitt given that it also includes Pacino, Hanks, Hopkins and Pesci. He takes time to thank LDC (Leonardo DiCaprio) which is his nickname then for his famous pals? He said he wanted to bring his mum but whenever he is pictured next to a woman he’s rumoured to be dating her. Cut to Jennifer Aniston. Which is mean but also so Globes.
WINNER: Hildur Guðnadóttir - Joker - best score
Even those who understandably loathed Joker would find it hard to fault many of its technical achievements, including a moody, atmospheric score from breakout composer Hildur Guðnadóttir who won out in a typically male-dominated category.
And much to the displeasure of Amazon, backstage, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has stayed firm on there being no more Fleabag in the foreseeable future
“I haven’t changed my mind about season three. It feels more and more about being the right decision. (These awards shows) are just beautiful goodbyes. But there’s been so many goodbyes every time.”
WINNER: Chernobyl - best limited series or TV movie
Another win that matches up to critical acclaim after Fleabag and Succession also winning out in their respective categories. Chernobyl was easily the most loved choice here and the HFPA is unusually on point with their small screen picks tonight.
WINNER: Michelle Williams - Fosse/Verdon - best actress in a limited series or TV movie
This one makes sense given that she was the starriest star in the category although it would have been nice to see one of the actors from Unbelievable up there. As always, Williams is an eloquent and intelligent speech-giver and she uses this time to talk about the importance of choice, especially for women. “Women when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest,” she says. “It’s what men have been doing for years which is why the world looks so much like them but don’t forget we are the largest voting body in this country.” Oof - one of the night’s best speeches.
In case you want to read more about the arduous process behind best director-winning 1917, then here ya go:
Jason Momoa is wearing a vest at the Golden Globes and is drunk already?
WINNER: Sam Mendes - 1917 - best director
Ooh, as Mendes himself says, this is “a big surprise”, beating out Scorsese and Tarantino for his first world war drama 1917 which has gathered steam, fast, since its late premiere near the end of last year.
It’s a technically astonishing film but one that most didn’t see coming and certainly makes this a more interesting race to keep an eye on over the next month.
Setting the bar:
Charlize Theron has arrived on stage to reminisce about her childhood and her three most prized possessions back then: “my ballet shoes, my pet goat and my VHS copy of Splash”. She’s here to present the Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement in film to Tom Hanks, who has “made easy work of breaking our hearts and stealing our tears” (which sounds a tad sinister).
Then follows one of the most impressive montages I’ve seen for a long while, reminding us just how many memorable roles Hanks has taken on throughout his career (as well as Larry Crowne). Hanks, who has a cold and has been drinking a lot of “savagely orange drinks” so is jittery, chokes up when talking about his family sitting before him.
It’s a generous speech, paying tribute to the many big names he’s worked with both in front of and behind the camera, offering advice to young actors who should be making copious notes on a napkin.
WINNER: Olivia Colman - The Crown - best actress in a drama series
“I genuinely got a little bit boozy because I thought this wasn’t going to happen,” says a slightly tipsy Olivia Colman who seems genuinely surprised to be on stage. Even though she’s now a best actress Oscar winner, this is somewhat of a surprise given that the category was also populated by Reese Witherspon, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman. A big night for the Brits!
WINNER: Patricia Arquette - The Act - best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
It takes a lot to beat Meryl Streep at the Globes but winning for the second time in two years running in this category is Patricia Arquette for her role in Hulu’s grim, fact-based drama The Act.
Known for her political speeches, she uses her time to talk about being in a country on the verge of war and the fears that come with that. She begs the audience to vote later this year in the night’s first genuinely rousing speech of the night thus far.
One of the funniest moments of the night, courtesy of Sacha Baron Cohen:
And here’s a longer look at who Gervais went after in his opening monologue:
WINNER: I'm Gonna Love Me Again - Rocketman - best original song
Taylor Swift was up on her feet for Elton John and Bernie Taupin after losing out the award for best song (another blow for Cats, easily the night’s most skewered film). John says it’s the first time the pair have ever won an award together!
When you’ve misplaced Annette Bening:
WINNER: Fleabag - best musical or comedy series
Well it was never not going to be Fleabag in this category and it’s a return to the stage for best actress winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She thanks Obama for putting Fleabag on his best shows of the year list while also reminding us all of the scene in season one when she uses him as inspiration to masturbate. Side note: Taylor Swift was laughing at serious moments during the speech, footage of which should be coming soon for those wanting to guess why.
WINNER: Laura Dern - Marriage Story - best supporting actress in a film
A tough category and one that many predicted would see a triumph for Jennifer Lopez, given that it’s the Globes, but Laura Dern has continued her haul of awards for her role in Noah Baumbach’s Netflix drama. It’s her fifth Globe and could lead to her first Oscar. She’s fantastic in the film but Lopez was robbed, in case anyone’s asking.
And here’s that nice Kate McKinnon bit in case ya wanna:
WINNER: Missing Link - best animated film
A nice surprise here in a category many had predicted to be a Disney victory. The Laika film, which was a critical hit but a commercial flop, beat out Toy Story 4 for the prize and might hopefully be an indicator of Oscars success which might also hopefully lead to more studios financing Laika movies, despite the box office.
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon A Time in Hollywood - best screenplay
“Well I can’t believe I won over Steve Zaillian,” Tarantino says while accepting the award from Margot Robbie, one of the stars of his winning film. He’s as enthused as one would expect and not that surprised, given his history of winning this award at both the Globes and the Oscars.
He thanks his cast for adding more to his script while also paying tribute to his wife who is pregnant with his “very first child”. Expect Once Upon A Time in Hollywood to pick up more later on.
WINNER: Brian Cox - Succession - best actor in a drama series
The HFPA done good again by giving another award to last year’s best show, Succession (we can just about forgive them for not giving Kieran Culkin best supporting actor). “I’m sorry, but this kind of event does your head in,” Cox says before apologising to the other nominees for winning the award.
He’s taken aback by the victory and, given that Billy Porter was predicted by many to win, so are we but, again, one of the most deserved nominees has won in what’s turning into a rare Globes night of deserved victories.
The pull of this year’s ceremony is such that even Taylor Swift and Beyonce, stars who keep their public appearances to a carefully managed minimum, are in attendance. See:
The first special award of the night is going to Ellen Degeneres, winning the Carol Burnett prize for lifetime achievement in television. Kate McKinnon is awarding it and she’s doing a rather fine job, talking about her own sexuality and the importance of seeing Ellen come out when she was at a young age. It’s an emotional, funny and crowd-pleasing speech about LGBT representation and brings what might be some of most enthusiastic cheers of the night.
Degeneres, who has come under fire for befriending George Bush and taking the side of Kevin Hart when he was accused of homophobia, comes on stage to pay tribute back to McKinnon before making a crack about awards ceremonies and how lucky she is to have gone into it knowing she was a winner, unlike most of the attendees. It’s a speech but also a standup routine as she jokes about the intolerable length of awards show speeches while indulging in a long speech herself.
Here’s a scrap of the opening monologue but the whole thing will be up soon:
WINNER: Parasite - best foreign language film
Surely one of the most easy-to-predict categories of the night but one that feels like the best choice regardless. Bong Joon-Ho’s lacerating class satire/Hitchcockian thriller has been picking up awards and acclaim ever since it premiered last year at Cannes and this is just the latest in his road to the Oscars. Might it be the first foreign language film to win best picture next month?
WINNER: Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag - best actress in a musical or comedy series
Aaaand no surprises here, continuing her haul of awards for the acclaimed second season of Fleabag. Although given the nature of the show and the fact that they snubbed the first season, this might well be some HFPA voters following in the footsteps of the Emmys.
But it’s deserved nonetheless and Waller-Bridge’s speech is as charming as usual, thanking Andrew Scott and claiming he could have chemistry with a pebble. Probably true. I’m guessing Amazon execs will be further pestering her for season three starting tomorrow.
I really want to see what happens when these two bump into each other at the afterparty.
Oh yeah, and here’s how much Jonathan Pryce enjoyed that Two Popes joke:
WINNER: Succession - best drama series
This is a well-deserved victory for the breakout second season of the devilishly entertaining, darkly comic HBO drama. It wasn’t a sure thing given stiff competition and how abrasive the show can seem to some but it’s easily the best show in the category. In a night that’s set to be dominated by Netflix this is also a key win for HBO who have been trailing behind them of late and a reminder that post-Game of Thrones, things might not be quite as troublesome as some had predicted.
WINNER: Stellan Skarsgård - Chernobyl - best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
“I was so sure that I wouldn’t win that I already thanked everyone,” says Skarsgård, winning out against Kieran Culkin and Henry Winkler for his role in the acclaimed fact-based drama. More for Chernobyl to come, I’m guessing ...
Just in case you needed a brief recap, here’s who and what Gervais ridiculed in his opening speech: Apple, Jeffrey Epstein, Joe Pesci, Leonardo DiCaprio, Disney, Amazon, Martin Scorsese, the HFPA, diversity and The Two Popes
Tom Hanks reacting to Ricky Gervais is all of us reacting to Ricky Gervais?
WINNER: Russell Crowe - The Loudest Voice - best actor in a limited series or TV movie
And we’re off. Two major awards in a row. The second has gone to a more established Globes favourite for his role as Roger Ailes in a show that no one really liked. He’s not there as he’s protecting his house and family from the Australian wildfires but in a shared statement he said: “Make no mistake, the tragedy in Australia is climate change-based” before suggesting ways that the emergency can be combatted.
WINNER: Ramy Youssef - Ramy - best actor in a musical or comedy series
Ooh, a nice surprise to start the evening for comedian Ramy Youssef for his underappreciated show Ramy on Hulu, beating out Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd. “I know you guys haven’t seen my show,” he joked before saying that the audience probably thinks he’s an editor. The Globes does have a pretty strong track record of awarding newcomers in the television category and this is a promising sign of things to come later on.
If the red carpet has taught us one thing, other than how crushingly bleak red carpet interviews continue to be, it’s that the star quota this year is more impressive than usual which should make Gervais’ job that much easier, so many highly paid targets to ridicule.
“You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting these awards” he begins before saying everyone will be pleased by this fact. Felicity Huffman is the first celebrity to be skewered in a not totally awful joke about her making the license plate for his limo. He then compares Joe Pesci to Baby Yoda. Okay.
Oof his joke about The Two Popes being a paedophile movie did not go down well with Jonathan Pryce in a reaction that needs to be giffed as soon as humanly possible. But then the jokes about how awful the HFPA and the Globes come, from someone getting paid large amounts to be there, something he’s been doing in all his pre-publicity. Poor guy.
Martin Scorsese deserves an award for pretending to laugh at Gervais joking that he’s too short to get on rollercoaster rides. A joke about Leonardo DiCaprio’s obsession with dating women in their early twenties is fair. A joke about Judi Dench licking her own asshole is, well, huh not funny but Gwyneth loved it.
He’s begging celebrities not to make political speeches because they don’t know anything about anything. Says a celebrity. And that’s it.
Awkwafina, who is nominated for Best actress in a film – musical or comedy for her role in The Farewell, is continuing what’s been a trend for black and white this year in ruffles and a blazer, which, we’re hearing rumblings, are the work of Chanel. She is joined by the likes of Greta Gerwig and Zoe Kravitz who, wearing a black-and-white polka dot number, is channelling dalmation-chic at its finest.
The Little Women look – long, ruffled, prairie dresses and waistcoats – is huge right now, so of course Little Women star Saoirse Ronan has gone for the very opposite: a shimmering and strappy floor-length gown. Jo March it ain’t but a thigh-high dress slit is certainly red-carpet worthy.
In his four outings as Golden Globes host, Ricky Gervais has roasted everyone from Mel Gibson to Caitlyn Jenner but it was a joke about Tim Allen that’s stuck with him the most. In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the comic admitted that he regrets a jab aimed at the Toy Story star:
“I think he took it wrong. The joke was him and Tom Hanks. So I came out and said, ‘ Our next two presenters, the first has won five Oscars, combined box office of five billion dollars. And the other, Tim Allen.’ Right? It’s a fine joke. I’m teasing Tim Allen. But anyone standing next to Tom Hanks, unless it’s Dustin Hoffman or Robert Redford or Robert De Niro, that could be me. But it happened to be Tim Allen. And I have nothing against Tim Allen. He’s a good actor. He’s probably a nice bloke. So even though there’s no malice and I can justify it comedically and everyone laughed, I didn’t want Tim Allen to think, ‘Oh, that was written for me. Why me?’ Well, because you were standing next to Tom Hanks.”
The aforementioned looseness that can often make the Globes a more enjoyable watch is best exemplified by the choice of presenters throughout the night and the more freewheeling skits they’re allowed to indulge in.
This year the long list of big names appearing onstage includes Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elton John, Rachel Weisz, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren. While those most likely to create a viral moment include Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish and Kate McKinnon.
Last year’s funniest bit was watching Maya Rudolph propose to Amy Poehler and this year’s cruelest bit is not having them host the entire damn thing:
In case you need a reminder of what to expect from Ricky Gervais tonight, here’s a montage of his best, or to some “best”, bits from previous ceremonies:
A black dress at the Golden Globes red carpet is a Jennifer Aniston trademark move – and we can see why. The actor was spotted “stargazing” at Kerry Washington – also in black – on the red carpet where the pair sent the internet into overdrive with a hug earlier this evening. She’s nominated for best actress in a TV series for her role in The Morning Show – alongside her co-star Reese Witherspoon.
Jennifer Lopez won fashion this year when she made a surprise appearance on the Versace SS20 catwalk wearing a palm print frock she’d last worn 20 years ago, sending the internet into a tailspin then as now. For the Golden Globes, at which she is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Hustlers, she’s come as the gift that keeps on giving in a dress embellished with a giant gold and green bow. It is reported a Valentino couture creation. The up-do, as one eagle-eyed person tweeted, is reminiscent of her Maid in Manhattan days.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has arrived suited and stilettoed. The star, who is nominated for Best actress in a TV series – musical or comedy, is no stranger to red carpet tailoring. This intricately embellished suit with silky lapels looks the ideal outfit for an after-show martini, which, if the Emmys is anything to go by, is Waller-Bridge’s wont.
It’s another year without a clear big screen frontrunner with arguments easily made for Marriage Story, Parasite, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and The Irishman. With Netflix behind two of those, and with 17 nominations across the board, the only sure thing is that it’ll be a grand old night for streaming. But which films and actors, according to Peter Bradshaw, will come out on top?
Colman, nominated for Best actress in a TV series for her role as HRH The Queen in The Crown looks regal in red on the red carpet. The puffed sleeves have an air of majesty about them, as seen in Holbein portraits of Henry VIII, but they are also very spring/summer 2020 in their sheer volume. The look is rounded off with a square train. All hail!
High-neck, floor-length pastel pink? It isn’t a look that works for everyone, but it’s one Kirsten Dunst wears well. Nominated for her role in On Becoming a God in Central Florida the actor has opted to wear Rodarte to the Globes – and it’s certainly nice to have a break from all the red carpet monochrome.
In the words of Catatonia, this could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Gillian Anderson has arrived in a beautiful all-white frock with one shoulder shrouded in an elegant sleeve-cape and the other side … missing. The truth is out there but the Sex Education star looks regal, back jewellery and all.
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The Pose star has done it again, serving white feather realness on tonight’s red carpet and stealing the show in this peacock-train jacket by Alex Vinash. Rumour has it the feathers zip off – although we’re not convinced they’ll fit in Porter’s (very on trend) itty bitty bag.
The star of Harriet and best actress in a film nominee, Cynthia Erivo, recently told Vogue that her Hollywood icon is Eartha Kitt. And this is a look we think Kitt would have approved of. By Thom Browne, the New York designer known for whacky silhouettes and shoes in the shape of dolphins, the black-and-white gown reportedly took 800hrs to make. It has peonies, the actor’s favourite flower, sewn on the hem. As her stylist Jason Bolden said on Instagram earlier this evening: “The New Hollywood!! Brave, Black & Beautiful.” Oh, and the Bulgari necklace cost more than a mansion in Malibu.
This week it was announced that the Globes would be entirely meat-free with a late-in-the-day decision to go for a fully vegan menu for the very first time. It’s all about sending “a good message” and it’s a move that’s already been praised by stars including Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In case you’re interested/hungry, attendees will be scarfing down an appetizer of chilled golden beet soup with locally grown chervil and amaranth followed by a king oyster mushrooms entree, cooked and presented to call to mind scallops, with wild mushroom risotto, roasted baby purple and green Brussels sprouts, globe carrots and pea tendrils.
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Hot priest klaxon! Andrew Scott, nominated for best supporting actor in a TV series for his role in Fleabag, has arrived wearing a white tuxedo jacket with golden bow tie. Disappointingly, he doesn’t appear to be carrying a gin in a tin, but Twitter is still going wild for this look.
The Brosnan clan have arrived on the red carpet, with dad Pierce joined by sons Dylan and Paris, as well as his wife Keely Shaye Smith. Pierce, who is presenting an award at this year’s ceremony, joined his sons in rolling out the red carpet alongside host Ricky Gervais on Friday, but has swapped the relaxed open neck shirt he wore to the preview event for an all-black tux this evening. Snazzy.
Hi from team Fashion. Kicking us off tonight in the sartorial stakes is Greta Gerwig. She might have been snubbed in the best director category, leaving it an all-male affair (again), but the Little Women director has arrived early to the red carpet. She is wearing what is reportedly a custom Proenza Schouler gown. The monochrome palette might say old Hollywood glamour but the sharp bob and steely choker add a 2020 twist.
It’s a tough year to predict who will triumph in the small screen categories with the HFPA opting for a mixture of hit shows that impressed critics (Fleabag, Succession) and shows that didn’t leave much of an impression at all (The Politician, The Loudest Voice). Their TV picks can often be full-on gonzo but Adrian Horton has bravely placed a number of bets on who and what she thinks will win tonight:
Here we globe again
Easy to ridicule yet hard to ignore, the Golden Globes has long been seen as the drunker, sillier cousin to the Oscars, focused more on celebrity than genuine achievement. It’s voted on by a mysterious, and mysteriously small, group of less than 100 journalists and the choices they make are often downright bizarre (two-time Golden Globe winner Mozart in the Jungle) but it’s reliably star-packed and its nifty slot at the very start of the new year does make it a vital conversation-continuer.
It’s a strange old awards season thus far without a clear front-runner and instead, a group of films that could all conceivably make their way to the biggest prize. On the film end, tonight should give us a bit more clarity in a number of key categories, especially in best drama which will give us a better idea of whether The Irishman or Marriage Story will be the Netflix success story at next month’s Oscars. Comedy-wise, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is likely to make a strong showing.
But arguably the person who most in the industry and at home will be looking out for is host Ricky Gervais, returning for a record fifth time, already promising to deliver the catty quips we expect. But how will they go down in 2020 after a year of mostly host-free awards ceremonies? Or even when hosts have commandeered events, they’ve played it nice rather than nasty. Gervais, who once described a Golden Globe win as “worthless”, has a tough job on his hands.
We’ll be here all night to comment on the wins, the loses and the jabs in-between.