2020 Golden Globes Instant Reactions

I’m writing this after spending the entire day drinking while watching football so bear with me, we’re gonna make this as short as possible.

Let’s start with the positives:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge won Best Actress in a TV series, Musical or Comedy, and Fleabag won Best Series, Musical or Comedy, so that’s dope. (By the way, what’s a musical TV series?) (By the way x2 that’s the only mention of TV that will exist in this blog.)

Parasite won Best Foreign Language Film. Thank you HFPA for not fucking this up, would have been forced to riot if something else won.

Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, not everyone may agree with me on this one but I felt this was completely justified, and the right call. (Downside: this was Marriage Story‘s only win of the night, we’ll get to that.)

Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, again an instance where they made the right call. As I said in my predictions blog this has been Pitt’s award since the summer so this was not so much a surprise, like Dern winning was, but still happy to see it.

Awkwafina won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Even though there was part of me that was rooting for Beanie Feldstein I knew Awkwafina was walking away with this one and I think ultimately it was the correct decision. She was amazing in The Farewell and deserved this 100%.

And that about wraps it up for the positives. Mostly predictable, a few surprises but still nice to see them get it right in a few categories.

Now, the biggest surprises/disappointments:

Most notable, 1917‘s big night. 1917 walked away with Best Motion Picture, Drama, AND Best Director for Sam Mendes. I had a feeling it could win Best Picture, but was not prepared for Sam Mendes. I can’t say it’s totally a disappointment, but a shock for sure. I realized The Irishman was in for a tough night once it lost out on screenplay and director.

Missing Link for some reason took home Best Animated Film. According to IMDB, this film had an estimated budget of $100,000,000 and had a cumulative worldwide gross of $26,249,469. I don’t know who saw this film. I don’t know why the HFPA did this, but it’s so perfectly Golden Globes and I kind of love it. I can’t say I’m all that disappointed because it was Best Animated Film, but the fact that Toy Story 4 or Frozen 2 did not win here feels insane.

Taron Egerton won for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy. Solid night for Rocketman, Egerton wins here, Elton John and Bernie Taupin got a standing ovation, and they took home Best Original Song as well. Now, I really enjoyed this film, and thought Egerton gave a great performance but this feels wrong, and I was in fact disappointed on this one for sure. I was certain either Eddie Murphy or Leo (LDC after tonight) was winning here. But, the more I considered it as the show went on I realized just how much of a “Golden Globes movie” Rocketman is so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised.

Disappointing nights for The Irishman and Marriage Story. Two of my top four films of the year walked away with a combined one win tonight (Laura Dern- Marriage Story.) There’s a solid chance none of the 90 members in the HFPA made it all the way through The Irishman and that’s what I’m betting on here honestly. I don’t think this means much for the Oscar chances for either of these two films, at least I hope not, but The Irishman winning nothing still feels absurd to me, no matter what the award show is. Be better HFPA, be better.

Ricky Gervais:

I thought the opening monologue was funny. He had enough good shots that felt relevant, and will create just oh so much fun discourse from all the real smart people out there on Twitter. As the night went on, his “I don’t want to be here, this is stupid” shtick became a little worn out, but for the most part he did what a good host should do: nail your opening monologue with some memorable jokes and then only pop in and out for quick moments throughout the rest of the show. Overall, he did a good job in my opinion.

The Speeches:

Nothing really stands out here to me personally. The best from what I can remember were Olivia Colman, Michelle Williams, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Bong Joon-Ho, Ramy Youssef, and Sam Mendes. But who gives a shit.

The “Let’s Give Two Awards to People Everyone Loves and Have Them Talk For a While”:

Tom Hanks and Ellen Degeneres both gave good speeches and congrats. That’s all I have to say there because I have a nighttime hangover from day drinking.

Overall, a mostly dull night by Golden Globe standards with a few of their classic moments thrown in there. But shoutout to them because I’ll keep watching… for some unknown fucking reason. (Until I find some real hobbies.) Cheers.


(Seriously though, Missing fucking Link??)

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