2020 Golden Globes Recap by Deja Hobbs

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The Golden Globes is a celebration of the top films and television shows of the year, and those who worked to make them a success. Every year, the top directors, producers, actors, etc. are awarded for their great achievements within the world of entertainment. 

While everything was fairly same old, same old, new to this year’s awards was the menu. Attendees were served a 100 percent vegan meal that consisted of the appetizer, a chilled golden beet soup, followed by the main course of king oyster mushrooms scallops, which were entirely made of mushrooms, wild mushroom risotto, and carrots with roasted baby purple and green Brussels sprouts. The off camera tables of snacks were also switched out with meatless, dairy-free options. 

Most celebrities embraced the new cuisine. While it was originally met with some resistance, it was eventually accepted by the attendees in the wake of the climate crisis. One thing that was not new about this year’s show was the host.  

The Host
Hosting the show for his fifth and final time, Ricky Gervais, opened up with a shocking monologue that comically but directly criticized a number of current issues. He called out celebrities for their relationships with companies such as Disney, Amazon, and Apple. Gervias then went on to mock the friendships that some celebrities held with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Gervais’ shady jokes will definitely be missed at next year’s awards. 

The Speeches 
No award show is complete without acceptance speeches that steal the show. Some pulled at the audience’s heart strings, while others aimed to make social and political statements. 

Ellen received the Carol Burnett Award for her achievement in television on and off the screen. She delivered a humorous, but powerful speech. She garnered laughs from the audience when she poked fun at her sexuality by thanking her husband Mark and telling her two children, Fiona and Rupert to go to bed. All of whom, are non existent. The talk show host shared her gratitude for the power of television, and its ability to help manifest her goal of inspiring kindness and helpfulness, all while making people feel good. 

Tom Hanks was honored with the Lifetime-Achievement Cecil B. DeMille Award. Despite fighting a cold, he delivered a speech filled with emotion. The Forrest Gump actor humbly spoke about his journey and what it took to accomplish all that he has. On the verge of tears Hanks ended with, “I have checked the gate. The gate is good,” which is a showbiz term used by directors when a shot is done.

The Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Michelle Williams for her performance in “Fosse/Verdon." Her heartfelt acceptance speech focused on a woman’s right to choose, while encouraging them to make their voices heard, "So women, 18 to 118, when it is time to vote, please do so in your own self interest..It is what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them."

Joaquin Phoenix took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his performance "Joker." Despite not being a fan of award shows, Phoenix took to the stage to accept the award. His frustration was evident in his rambling, profanity laced speech that had to be heavily censored for at-home television watchers. He ended with a call to action by pushing people to do more than talk about issues facing the world, but to actually make personal changes and sacrifices. 

The Big Winners and Nominees
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” took home three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy. 

The WWI based film “1917” won Best Motion Picture- Drama and Best Director.

The television show “Fleabag” earned two Golden Globes, the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy and Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

Actress Awkwafina made history by becoming the first actress of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe in the category of Best Actress in a Drama. 

Netflix had a big night as well! With a total of 34 nominations, two Golden Globes went to the Netflix Originals “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.” This year, Apple earned its first ever Golden Globe nominations for the show “The Morning Show.” Although nominated in three categories, the series failed to win any Golden Globes. 

“Parasite” made history for its win in the Best Foreign-Language Film Category. It is the first Korean film to be a nominee, as well as a win the category.

Check out the complete list of winners here: https://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees/2020/all 

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