Golden Globes: ‘1917’ wins top film prize, Russell Crowe in appeal about Australian fires

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Wartime tale 1917 scooped the prize for best drama film and best director for Sam Mendes at the 77th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

The Golden Globes, which are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, come just a week before the announcement of the nominees for the Academy Awards (Oscars). The Globes are often seen as a predictor for the Oscars, which take place this year on February 9.

1917, which follows two young soldiers sent on an impossible mission, defeated other contenders The Irishman and Marriage Story — both considered favorites — as well as The Two Popes and Joker.

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Renee Zellweger’s performance in Judy, in which she plays actress Judy Garland near the end of her life, scored her the prize for best actress in a film drama. Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor gong for his turn as a deeply disturbed stand-up comedian in Joker.

Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story led all movies with six nominations, but in the end only won in the best supporting actress category for Laura Dern. Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman had five nods, but ended the night empty handed.

Quentin Tarantino’s Los Angeles fable Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood took the prize for best film in the comedy or musical category, as well as best screenplay and best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.

Best actor in a musical or comedy went to Taron Egerton for his portrayal of British pop singer Elton John in Rocketman, while Awkwafina won the best actress prize in the same category for her performance in Chinese American family drama The Farewell.

In the TV category, HBO hit Succession won best drama, while British series Fleabag won top comedy honors and the best comedy actress prize for Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Russell Crowe shared a powerful message about Australia’s bushfire at the 2020 Golden Globes, highlighting the need for climate action in his acceptance speech.

The adopted Australian won the award for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for TV, but was absent from the ceremony, staying in Australia as bushfires continue to threaten his property.

Jennifer Aniston read this message on his behalf when the award was announced:

“Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based. We need to act based on science … and respect our planet for the amazing and unique place it is. That way we will have a future

Ellen DeGeneres, Patricia Arquette and Pierce Brosnan also both highlighted Australia’s bushfire crisis during the ceremony as the world watched, sending love and encouraging people to donate.

Fellow Australian Cate Blanchett thanked the crowd for highlighting Australia’s situation, and said “when one country is in a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.”

“I want to do a special call-out to the volunteer firefighters who have been at the centre of battling the climate disaster that is facing Australia,” she said.

Via BBC/ ABC News/Golden Globes

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