Showing a British victory wave, the major awards of Golden Globes 2020 has gone to 1917 and Fleabag. The film 1917, Sam Mendes’s technically audacious film, tells the story of two British soldiers in the First World War, which won for best picture – drama and best director.
Best actor – drama, meanwhile, went to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and Renee Zellweger wining best actress in a drama for Judy.
On the comedy/musical side, the night tipped in favor of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and its supporting actor star Brad Pitt, as well as Brit Taron Egerton for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in Rocketman.
It was also a night of historic firsts with The Farewell star Awkwafina becoming the first Asian-American woman to win for best actress in a musical or comedy and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir winning best score for Joker, becoming the first woman to win solo in the category.
On the television side also saw British victories across the board, including for Olivia Colman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sam Mendes. Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her awards season roll with best actress and best comedy for Fleabag, Olivia Colman ruled again for her takeover of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, and Brian Cox triumphed as best actor in a drama for Succession, whose British creator Jesse Armstrong picked up a win for best drama series.
Uncharacteristically for the Globes, the television wins largely tracked with critical acclaim or consensus; besides wins for the much-lauded Fleabag and Succession, awards went to the well-reviewed Chernobyl and its star Stellan Skarsgaard for supporting actor in a limited series, and what could be seen as a “best new artist” award to Ramy Youssef for his role in Hulu’s small but mighty series Ramy.