The Golden Globes

Shining light on film

Cole Delaney, Staff Writer

The 77th Golden Globes, held on January 5, 2020, celebrate the achievements of film and television over the year of 2019. Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the ceremony produces 14 winners in the categories of film, including best motion picture (drama and musical or comedy), best performance by an actress in a motion picture  (drama and musical or comedy), best performance by an actor in a motion picture (drama and musical or comedy), best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture, best director (motion picture), best screenplay (motion picture), best motion picture (animated), best motion picture (foriegin language), best original score (motion picture), and best original song (motion picture).

The film that won the award for the best motion picture in the drama category was 1917. The director, Sam Mendes, also won the award for best director for a motion picture. Joker, which lost to 1917 for best motion picture, beat it in best original score composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Joker also won an award for performance by an actor in a motion picture drama for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance of the title character. Another film that won multiple awards was Rocketman with best performance by an actor in a motion picture musical or comedy and best original song in a motion picture.

Though some movies won multiple awards, not every film can. The winner for best performance by an actress in a motion picture drama was Renee Zellweger for the film Judy, while Awkafina won the award in the award in the musical or comedy category, and Laura Dern won the award best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture. Parasite won the award best motion picture foreign language and the Missing Link won for best motion picture animated. 

The film with the most awards was Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino, which follows Hollywood actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he tries to find meaningful work in 1969’s Hollywood, though he spends much of his time drinking and hanging out with Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), his friend and stunt double. Rick is also neighbors to the filmmaker Roman Polaski (Rafał Zawierucha) and actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), whose lives were changed by Manson Family members. The film won three awards of the five it was nominated for, including best motion picture musical or comedy, performance by a supporting actor in a motion picture musical or comedy for Brad Pitt’s performance, and best screenplay motion picture, which was won by Quentin Tarantino.