CS Soapbox: What were the biggest surprises of Golden Globe 2020?
Hosted by the predictable and forceful Ricky Gervais, this year's Golden Globe had its fair share of surprises and scorns as the list of winners was unveiled throughout the event, with some winners expressing their own shock at hearing their name being called from the stage. However, some winners stood out from the rest, earning their place in the biggest surprises of the Golden Globe night in 2020.
The program's greatest success came from one of the most coveted Best Drama awards. Most bets hoped that Joker, The Irishman, or possibly Marriage Story would win, but it was Sam Mendes's 1917 war epic that took home the Golden Globe. The surprise eased shortly after Mendes also won the Best Director award, beating the most anticipated winner, Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, in another unexpected win, while Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino also lost in the category.
Speaking of The Irishman, Robert De Niro's documentary drama, directed by Robert De Niro, entered the event with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and beckons the supporting roles of Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the feature. Netflix based on actual facts. Life Assassin and American Union Officer Frank Sheeran. But, like many Sheeran victims, the Irishman is swimming with the snubbering goldfish as the movie moves away without a single victory.
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Multi-talented Taron Egerton beat Leonardo DiCaprio and Eddie Murphy as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy in another unforeseen victory. Murphy was at the top of the list for many predictors, with DiCaprio a solid second. But chances were slim, as Egerton took the trophy home deservedly for his fantastic insight into Elton John's Rocketman story.
The animated category received its own shock when LAIKA's Missing Link, written and directed by award-winning Chris Butler, won all Disney nominated films, including The Lion King, Frozen II and Toy Story 4, as well as How to Train Your Dragon. : The hidden world for the best animation feature. Note that the movie was also the only non-sequel of the group.
To end the Golden Globe's biggest surprises in 2020, Netflix entered the awards with 17 nominations for the film and surprisingly won only one trophy the night Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for her Wedding Story performance. . As brilliant as Dern is with any material that gives life to the screen, many also thought the award was a disregard for Jennifer Lopez's role in Hustlers, which was undoubtedly the best performance of her career.
There were not so many surprises on the television side of the event, although Ramy Youssef's unexpected victory for the first time as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series for his Hulu Ramy series at the top of the show certainly set the tone for the rest of the evening. Youssef faced some big names like Michael Douglas, Bill Hader, Ben Platt and Paul Rudd, but won the trophy.
Andrew Scott was strongly favored for taking home the Best Supporting Actor in Series, Limited Series or TV Movie award for his role in Fleabag, but Chernobyl's Stellan Skarsgård was the winner.
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The HBO Succession took home the Best Drama Series award, surprising everyone who expected The Crown of Netflix to win gold once again. In addition, succession actor Brian Cox was surprised to win Best Actor in a Drama Series, overshadowing fellow Kit Harrington, Rami Malek, Tobias Menzies and Billy Porter.
As with every award, the 2020 Golden Globe has proven once again that winners (and scorns) are as predictable as they are unpredictable, which is what keeps office pools interesting.