Carl takes a look at the winners of the Golden Globe awards to determine what they could mean for the Academy Awards
The annual Golden Globes ceremony has been held once again from Beverly Hills, California, the playground of the stars. And what a night for some people. To say there were a few surprises would be an understatement. While the majority of awards went the way many people thought they would, a few would genuinely throw ‘those in the know’ off their game. Many people considered ‘The Irishman‘ to be a shoo-in for at least one acting award. Instead, it went home empty-handed. The award for the best motion picture: Musical/Comedy was a fight between ‘Knives Out‘ and ‘Jojo Rabbit‘. Instead, it went to ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘. Normally seen as a pointer to who and what is bound for Oscar glory, the Globes has given us an insight into what many people, myself included, called the straight-up fight for the Best Actor award.
After the results last night, it seems we were right. Let’s take a look now into who and where the awards went:
Best Motion Picture (Drama)
The Irishman | Marriage Story | 1917-WINNER | Joker | The Two Popes
Best Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood-WINNER | Jojo Rabbit | Knives Out | Rocketman | Dolemite Is My Name
Best Motion Picture (Animated)
Frozen II | How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World | Missing Link-WINNER | Toy Story 4 | The Lion King
Best Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama)
Christian Bale-Ford Vs Ferrari (Le Mans ’66) | Antonio Banderas-Pain And Glory | Adam Driver-Marriage Story | Joaquin Phoenix-Joker-WINNER | Jonathan Price-The Two Popes
Best Actress In A Motion Picture (Drama)
Cynthia Ervio-Harriet | Scarlett Johansson-Marriage Story | Saoirse Ronan-Little Women | Charlize Theron-Bombshell | Renee Zellweger-Judy-WINNER
Best Actor In A Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Daniel Craig -Knives Out | Roman Griffin Davis-Jojo Rabbit | Leonardo Di Caprio-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Taron Egerton-Rocketman-WINNER | Eddie Murphy-Dolemite Is My Name
Best Actress In A Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Awkwafina-The Farewell-WINNER | Ana De Armas-Knives Out | Cate Blanchett-Where’d You Go, Bernadette | Beanie Feldstein-Booksmart | Emma Thompson-Late Night
Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture:
Kathy Bates-Richard Jewell | Annette Benning-The Report | Laura Dern-Marriage Story-WINNER | Jennifer Lopez-Hustlers | Margot Robbie-Bombshell
Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture:
Tom Hanks-A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood | Anthony Hopkins-The Two Popes | Al Pacino-The Irishman | Joe Pesci-The Irishman | Brad Pitt-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood-WINNER
Bong Joon-Ho-Parasite | Sam Mendes-1917-WINNER | Todd Phillips-Joker | Martin Scorsese-The Irishman | Quentin Tarantino-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Noah Baumbach-Marriage Story | Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won-Parasite | Anthony McCarten-The Two Popes | Quentin Tarantino-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood-WINNER | Steven Zaillian-The Irishman
Best Original Score:
Daniel Pemberton-Motherless Brooklyn | Alexandre Desplat-Little Women | Hildur Guonadottir-Joker-WINNER | Thomas Newman-1917 | Randy Newman-Marriage Story
Best Original Song:
Beautiful Ghosts-‘Cats’ | (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again-‘Rocketman’-WINNER | Into The Unknown-‘Frozen II’ | Spirit-‘The Lion King’ | Stand Up-‘Harriet
So, what can we take from the film awards? As expected, Joaquin Phoenix walked away with the best actor award for his fantastic performance in ‘Joker‘ but at the same time, Taron Egerton also won as expected for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in ‘Rocketman‘. This is going to be the straight-up fight for the award at the Oscars as to be completely honest, no other acting performance has come close to these two. I still expect Phoenix to win the award but you still can’t count Egerton out. As for the best actress, sorry Awkwafina but you didn’t even come close to matching the masterclass that Renee Zellweger gave us in ‘Judy‘. This one is a complete no-brainer for me. However, the Academy does like to swing a surprise every year and after the ‘Too White’ uproar, a few years back could decide to go in the opposite direction. Best Supporting actress will probably go to Laura Dern as again no-one else could come close to her in the acting stakes. The best supporting actor threw me a curveball. I thought legendary actors Al Pacino and Joe Pesci would be battling each other for the award. I didn’t think Brad Pitt would get it instead. Pitt is deserving of the award for his portrayal of Leonardo De Caprio’s character’s best friend and stunt double in ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘ after many times being nominated and beaten to the prize. Pitt does have an Oscar to his name after receiving one for his producer role on ‘12 Years A Slave‘ but doesn’t have one for his acting. Like Laura Dern, this could simply be his year.
‘1917‘ came out of nowhere to land itself a place amongst the best films of 2019. The buzz beforehand was that ‘Joker‘ and Todd Phillips would go on to sweep the awards season but over the past month or so, Sam Mendes’ film has swept in to take the lead in the best picture and best director race. Quentin Tarantino looks odds-on to take home another Oscar for his screenwriting after his win again here but could his film be a serious contender to take home the best film prize after its win? Best original score though could come down to a fight between Hildur Guonadottir and Thomas Newman for ‘Joker‘ and ‘1917‘ respectively. Both scores fit their movies well so it will be a tough one to call. The best-animated film also threw up a shock as I thought ‘Frozen II‘, just because it was a massive Disney sequel would walk away with the prize. ‘Missing Link‘ was good and funny but to triumph in a list that pits you against three Disney movies is astonishing.
All eyes now will turn to the Oscar nominations that will be coming soon. After the results of last night, we could just yet be in for some shocks and surprises when the ceremony rolls around. However, I shall nail my colors to the mast closer to the event as I need time to process the results. In addition, some of the films nominated and rewarded last night have yet to open in the U.K until later this month so I will need to see those before rendering my thoughts on where the Oscar may go to.
The lifetime achievement award that was presented to Tom Hanks was completely worthy. The man has come up from television comedy to become one of the best-loved and highly regarded actors of this generation. From being cast in nothing but comedic vehicles at the movies to becoming the lead in dramatic fare such as ‘Philidelphia‘, ‘Saving Private Ryan‘ and ‘Captain Phillips‘, Hanks is one of the greatest actors around today. It is fantastic that he has been honored this way and we at The Future Of The Force send him our personal congratulations for what truly is a deserved award.
We send our congratulations to all of last night’s winners and commiserations to the runners up. Over the past year, you have entertained us and made us laugh, cry, cheer and sit back in sheer amazement at the skill you have put into your craft. And for that, we all thank you.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!