Epiphany takes all the holidays away, except for those who brought home a Golden Globe last night. In fact, the awards assigned by the foreign press to the best productions for the small and large screen of the calendar year were proclaimed yesterday evening (the night in Italy) 2019. Just over two months from the most iconic Oscars, the Golden Globes also have the unwritten task of suggesting who to bet on for the Oscars themselves and where to invest for the next TV season. The list of winners and nominees can be found at the bottom of this article, but first let's try to draw some indications with free comments. To talk about it among us and, above all, to hear your opinion.
Golden Globes: Surprise winners (?)
Probably not even he expected it. Or, maybe yes, but not in these terms. Of course, it was not easy to predict it after having seen what was considered the most distant title from its typical excesses in the cinema. Has this been the reason or is it Hollywood loves to look in the mirror and celebrate itself even when it is a past and very sweetened version. Whatever it is, it is Once upon a time in Hollywood the film that can be considered the winner of this edition of the Golden Globe .
Candidate in five categories (comedy film, supporting actor, lead actor in a comedy, direction, screenplay), he misses two of which including the director's prize. Quentin Tarantino consoles himself with two prestigious awards such as best comedy film and best script , while Brad Pitt is the happy half of the duo of protagonists with Leonardo Di Caprio who must surrender to Elton John of Taron Egerton in the best comedy actor category. Certainly unexpected spoils, also considering the competition.
It has not yet arrived in Italy so it is impossible to say whether or not the success of
We could almanaccare a motivation noting that 1917 is a war film that takes place on the front of the First World War . And, unlike in Italy, the Great War is very felt and remembered in the United Kingdom and France (where there are dedicated public holidays). It could be enough for to pull the sprint for the Oscars . Unless …
The new Asian cinema
Unless the jury members of the Academy accept the suggestion of Bong Joon Ho : “Once you cross the subtitle barrier you will be introduced to an incredible world of films” . Phrase pronounced not by chance during the speech of thanks for the Golden Globe as best foreign film a Parasite . Award more than deserved for what we have nominated for the best film in the editorial office 2019 and placed in the personal top ten of the decade of each of us. Qualities that had been implicitly recognized also by the foreign press that had nominated the last effort of the Korean master also in the categories direction and screenplay . If you add the not inconsiderable detail that the film went pretty well at the American box office, it becomes easy to predict Parasite as possible surprise winner more of a statuette . If not the most important of all.
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Even if this is not the final result, it must be said that the prize at Parasite indicates a renewed focus on Asian cinema. Confirmation is the victory of Awkwafina as best comedy actress for the performance in The Farewell which was also nominated for best foreign film. Strictly speaking, the young rapper is American although of Chinese parents and the film it is a US production. But you can breathe China in the whole work, a sign of a renewed interest in Far Eastern cinema , China or Korea that it is. Soon to say if it is a case, but it is worth pointing out the possibility.
The quality denied
The prize at Parasite agrees with the general public and cinephiles, but the latter can and they must complain about the great absence from this award. No major prize, in fact, goes to Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach whom the critics had praised so much. And, in fact, the fim produced by Netflix had earned six nominations. But take home only the award for best supporting actress to Laura Dern . It is really difficult to understand how a film of such a high quality level has received very little in terms of awards. Also because, with all due respect to Quentin Tarantino, it appears incomprehensible to judge the script of his film better than that of Baumbach .
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Partial disappointment for the little attention paid to the cast of Chernobyl with Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson who were candidates as lead actor, actor and supporting actress in a miniseries . To win is only the veteran Swedish actor (patriarch of a family that sees his sons Alexander, Gustaf and Bill treading the stages of cinema and TV series), but his colleagues also deserved the victory . To snatch it they are Russel Crowe for The Loudest Voice and Patricia Arquette for The Ac t. Harris and Watson probably pay duty to the more choral nature of Chernobyl which does not allow the individual performances to stand out. However, you can console yourself with the more than deserved prize as best miniseries .
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The big disappointed to the Golden Globes 2020
Who surely go home with more long faces that smiles is Netflix . The streaming giant had invested heavily this year in cinema both in economic and prestige terms. And the results seemed on the verge of arriving with the rain of nominations for these Golden Globes. Three titles ( Marriage Story, The Irishman, The Two Popes ) out of five in the best film category. One for best comedy ( Dolemite is my name ).
A string of names in all the other more prestigious categories : Martin Scorsese as direction; Steve Zaillian, Anthony McCarten and Noah Baumbach on the screenplay; Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver lead actor; Scarlett Johansson lead actress; Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins supporting actors, Laura Dern supporting actress. Although competition in some categories was decidedly strong, it seemed impossible to do without a sturdy shopping bag to take home the prizes won .
Instead, Netflix has no choice but to thank Laura Dern who avoids absolute zero in the nominations box converted into prizes. A defeat so heavy as to raise the suspicion that there is more than one judgment on the individual products. As if the foreign press had wanted to join the most elite festivals (who said Cannes?) Which deny that the one produced by the giants of streaming can be called cinema . Just because it doesn't go directly into the room. Widely criticizable point of view that becomes unjustified and unacceptable in the face of works such as Marriage Story is The Irishman .
If Sparta cries, Athens doesn't laugh at Netflix. Even on the TV series side, things are not so much better. The nominations triplet represented by The Crown , The Politician and Unbelievable (in the categories of best drama series, comedy series, miniseries) and the respective cast seemed to promise well. Even if it clashed the sensational absence of When They See Us . To win, however, is alone Olivia Colman (a certainty of the Golden Globe: third victory over three nominations) for the role of Queen Elizabeth. Other important names from the same series remain dry-mouthed ( Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter ) as well as the female trio of Unbelievable ( Kaitlyn Dever, Merrit Wever and Toni Collette ) who, however, already knew they had no realistic chance. However, defeat burns much less in this case. The agone is much wider and the nominations are already a precious flower to be pinned to the buttonhole.
The new Game of Thrones?
Intentionally provocative title because nothing has in common the two series in question. Except for one thing: becoming a mine of prizes for HBO . In the year in which the American giant had to greet Game of Thrones (with a final season that has not even been mentioned), one wondered what would take its place as a hen with golden grapes. Waiting to understand if His Dark Materials may be from a marketing point of view, the network discovers that it already has at home the right dish for gourmets.
And he had it for a year already because the series winner of the prize for best drama is Succession . Now in its second season, the series surprisingly wins the award for best actor to Brian Cox (the first not to expect it), while it can also boast the nomination of Kieran Culkin as a protagonist . If you add the Emmy nominations where he won for best screenplay of a TV episode, you understand that it is Succession the title to be recovered absolutely.
The comedy of new faces
In response to doubts about its possible end, the comdedy confirms itself the genre where there is greater liveliness and exchange of names and faces. The fratricidal clash of the Amazon house between Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is won again by the first with Phoebe Waller – Bridge which repeats the brace best series and best comedy actress already made to the Emmys. But the surprise is Ramy Youssef who beats a veteran like Michael Douglas and a big as Paul Rudd winning the prize as best actor in a comedy series . An absolutely convincing debut.
More generally, one cannot fail to underline how the categories related to comedy are those where the higher the percentage of the series to the absolute debut ( The Politician, Living with Yourself, The Kominsky method, Russian Doll , all of Netflix) or in the early seasons ( Barry in addition to the two from Amazon). Also noteworthy is the strong female presence which is missing in the drama categories and in those related to cinema.
Speaking of comedy and cinema, pay attention to Jojo Rabbit of Taika Waititi which will arrive in Italy on 16 January, but has been present in overseas cinemas since November. The irreverent comedy of the New Zealand director (who plays one ramshackle and ridiculous Adolf Hitler imaginary friend of a twelve year old German during the war of 1945) has already earned a double nomination as best comedy film and best actor protagonist to the very young Roman Griffin Davis . An excellent business card.
The complete list of winners of the Golden Globes 2020
We close by reporting the complete list of candidates in the main categories with the first in italics on name of the winner. Not before having observed how, after all, in the actor categories for cinema the forecasts have been respected. Joaquin Phoenix and Renée Zellweger had already made room on the shelf in the living room waiting now also for the Oscar. Brad Pitt kills three sacred monsters now, but hardly does he Oscar, which could instead be done by Laura Dern . You decide which of the names on the list would have deserved more or less. And remember that there are still the Oscars to fix it.
Best drama film : 1917 , Joker, Marriage Story, The two popes, The Irishman
Best comedy or musical film : Once upon a time in Hollywood , Dolemite is my name, Jojo Rabbit, Dinner with a crime, Rocketman
Best leading actress in a drama film : Renée Zellweger (Judy) , Cynthia Errivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Best lead actor in a drama film : Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) , Christian Bale (Le Mans 66 – The great challenge), Antonio Banderas (Dolor y Gloria), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Jonathan Pryce (The two popes)
Best leading actress in a comedy film : Awkwafina (The Farewell) , Emma Thompson (Late Night), Ana de Armas (Dinner with a crime), Cate Blanchett (Where did Bernardette go?), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart)
Best leading actor in a comedy film : Taron Egerton (Rocketman) , Daniel Craig (Dinner with a crime ), Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit), Leonardo Di Caprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is my name)
Best Supporting Actress : Lau ra Dern (Marriage Story) , Margot Robbie (Bombshell), Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Annette Bening ( The Report), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
Best Supporting Actor : Brad Pitt (There was Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) , Tom Hanks (An Extraordinary Friend), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
Best director : Sam Mendes (1917) , Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Todd Phillips (Joker), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Best screenplay : Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) , Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (Parasite), Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Steven Zaillian (The Irishman), Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)
Best foreign film : Parasite (Korea) , The Farewell (China / USA), Les Miserables (France), Portrait of the girl on fire (France), Dolor y gloria (Spain)
Best Drama TV Series : Succession (HBO) , Killing Eve (BBC America), The Morning Show (Apple Tv ), The Crown (Netflix), Big Little Lies (HBO)
Best Comedy TV Series : Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video) , The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video), Barry (HBO), Il Kominsky method (Netflix), The Politician (Netflix)
Best TV miniseries : Chernobyl (HBO) , Catch 22 (Hulu), Fosse / Verdon (FX), The Loudest Voice (Showtime), Unbelievable (Netflix)
Best leading actress in a TV miniseries : Michelle Williams (Fosse / Verdon) , Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable), Merrit Wever (Unbelievable), Joey King (The Act), Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great)
Best leading actor in a TV miniseries : Russel Crowe (The Loudest Voice) , Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Spy), Sam Rockwell (Fosse / Verdon), Christopher Abbott (Catch 12))
Best leading actress in a dramatic TV series : Olivia Colman (The Crown) , Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Resse Wihterspoon (The Morning Show), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
Best lead actor in a dramatic TV series : Brian Cox (Succession) , Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Tobias Menzies (The Crown), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Billy Porter (Pose)
Best Leading Actress in a Series tv comedy : Phoebe Waller – Bridge (Fleabag) , Rachel Broshanan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Christina Applegate (Dead to me), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Kirsten Dunst (On becoming God in central Florida)
Best Actor in a Comedy TV Series : Ramy Youssef (Ramy) , Bill Hader (Barry), Michael Douglas (The method Kominsky), Paul Rudd (Living with yourself), Ben Platt (The Politician)
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series : Patricia Arquette (The Act) , Emily Watson (Chernobyl), Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Toni Collette (Unbelievable)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series : Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl) , Henry Winkler (Barry), Andrew Scott (Fleabag), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Alan Arkin (The Kominsky method)
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