Golden Globes 2020 Recap


Anne Rutherford, Reporter

Awards season is upon us, and the lead up to the Oscars has officially begun. Before the night of highest distinction and formalities, celebrities are given a chance to relax and have a drink all while receiving recognition for their works. That opportunity comes in the form of the Golden Globes. 


Taking place on January 6, 2020, the show was filled with A list celebrities, including controversial host, Ricky Gervais. Gervais, who has hosted four times in the past said that this was his final year hosting and would not hold back, and he didn’t. Some of the best jokes of the evening were inaudible. Not due to the laughs from the audience, but because it was bleeped out, along with about a third of his jokes. With a beer in one hand, Gervais wasn’t shy about saying what he really thought of the films and the entire industry itself. 


Incorporating political and environmental messages into acceptance speeches has been a recurring theme in award shows. This time round was no exception. “Fosse/Verdon” star Michelle Williams, who won for best actress in a limited series or TV movie honor, spoke on women’s rights. Patricia Arquette who won best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie, mentioned the heightened tension between Iran and the United States. Due to the wildfires in Australia, “The Loudest Voice” star Russell Crowe skipped the ceremony to help with the crisis in his homeland. Crowe won for best actor in a limited series or TV movie and he sent a statement as his speech about the importance of preserving the environment.


Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks took home the two biggest awards of the night: the Carol Burnett and the Cecil B. DeMille award, making the two most heartwarming moments of the night. Awards given to one celebrity each year for the highest distinction and those who have made a significant impact for the industry. 


Actress Awkwafina, who’s notable films include, “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians” made history by becoming the first actress of Asian descent to win best actress in a musical or comedy. 


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had the most successful night of any film or television show. Written and directed by acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, the film won 3 of the 5 awards it was nominated for. Winning best screenplay for Tarantino, best supporting actor for Brad Pitt, and best musical or comedy for a motion picture. 


Now that the Globes are past us, the build up to the definitive event for films have begun. The Academy Awards will take place on February 9th 2020, and nominations will be announced on January 13th. Until further information on those events, see the link below for the complete list of Golden Globe winners.