2020 Golden Globe Winners and Instant Reactions

This is Jacob and Ricky’s instant reaction to the 2020 Golden Globes. A more in-depth break-down will be up later on our podcast, but until then check out who we felt about this year’s picks.

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Best Picture Drama

Nominees: 1917, Joker, The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes

  • WINNER: 1917
    • Jacob: Love this more than anything. I still have this movie at the top of my Oscar list as of now and hope it rides the wave all the way home. See this movie in as big and loud a screen as possible.
    • Ricky: I thought this was a lock as soon as we heard Mendes win for Best Director. I couldn’t be happier for this film, truly. I can’t wait to see this movie again on the biggest screen possible this weekend. Please support this film and do the same.

Best Picture Comedy/Musical

Nominees: Dolemite is my Name, Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Rocketman

  • WINNER: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
    • Jacob: No surprise. I was hoping Knives Out or Rocketman could have snuck this one away, but this is the only REAL Oscar Best Picture film of the bunch.
    • Ricky: No Surprise. This was a slam dunk the moment it was announced. Best Film in the category and one of the best of the year.

Best Actor Drama

Nominees: Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Antonio Banderas (Pain & Glory), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

  • WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
    • Jacob: I am sad to see it wasn’t Adam Driver, but Joaquin winning doesn’t hurt. He really did give such a great performance and it is his time to win some awards after being snubbed so many times. At least it wasn’t Todd Phillips.
    • Ricky: THANK YOU!!!!! The right man won. This performance moved me in ways, no other performance could have this year. This was one of the most hauntingly beautiful performances you will ever watch and I am extremely thankful to have gotten to see this film.

Best Actor Comedy/Musical

Nominees: Daniel Craig (Knives Out), Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is my Name)

  • WINNER: Taron Egerton (Rocketman)
    • Jacob: This was a huge upset and I loved it. Leo is Leo, and everyone was saying Eddie Murphy, but this helps Taron’s Oscar chances so much in what was still one of the best performances of the year.
    • Ricky: Not shocked. This had GLOBES written all over it even with the terrible placement of it in the calendar last year. Egerton was amazing, he transformed himself into this role and this movie was everything that Bohemian Rhapsody wished it was. I hope this propels him into the five for the Oscars.

Best Actress Drama

Nominees: Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johannson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), Renee Zellweger (Judy)

  • WINNER: Renee Zellweger (Judy)
    • Jacob: Didn’t see Judy, and wish Scarlett would have one, but this one was no surprise. Her performance is loved, and it is riding a wave right now. Let’s see if it crashes.
    • Ricky: Extreme MEH. To be honest, this one just bugs me. Her performance was good but not better than Johannson, Ronan or Theron. Just whatever.

Best Actress Comedy/Musical

Nominees: Ana de Armas (Knives Out), Awkwafina (The Farewell), Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go… Bernadette), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart), Emma Thompson (Late Night)

  • WINNER: Awkwafina (The Farewell)
    • Jacob: Such a great pick, even though it was the only real obvious one. Awkwafina was amazing in this film, and I hope she gets recognition from the Academy as well.
    • Ricky: Nothing to see here. Next.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

  • WINNER: Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood)
    • Jacob: No surprise at all. Brad Pitt is going to win his first-ever acting Oscar in his second-best performance of the year, which is still better than most people’s first performance.
    • Ricky: This man is on his way to winning his first ever acting Oscar and it is so deserving. Tarantino wrote the perfect role and Pitt knocked it straight out of the ballpark.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Anette Bening (The Report), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Margot Robbie (Bombshell), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)

  • WINNER: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
    • Jacob: I thought J Lo would sneak it out, but I should have gone with the hot hand. Laura Dern hasn’t lost much, and she won’t lose much on her way to Oscar number one.
    • Ricky: I wavered back and forth with my picks on this and landed with Laura Dern, but wouldn’t have been shocked if we saw J-Lo take the Globe home. But Dern has been sweeping and she looks like she is going take home the Oscar.

Best Director

Nominees: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), Todd Phillips (Joker), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quinten Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

  • WINNER: Sam Mendes (1917)
    • Jacob: Not only SHOCKED by ELATED for this one. Many other directors gave incredible direction this year, but what Mendes did is revolutionary. It is a marvel 1917 even exist, and it is one of the best direction I have ever seen.
    • Ricky: Shocker. I think he would’ve been my 3rd or 4th option for winning. But this is absolutely Deserving. Mendes direction in this film was masterful. I am shocked to see this happen but I am beyond happy it did.

Best Screenplay

Nominees: Marriage Story, Parasite, The Two Popes, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman

  • WINNER: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
    • Jacob:
    • Ricky: A bit of a shocker for me. I truly thought that Parasite was going to win this one. But I am not sad that Tarantino won. His script was beautifully written, the script had amazing depth and was layers of different genres within.

Best Animated Feature

Nominees: Frozen II, How to Train Your Dragon 3, The Lion King, Missing Link, Toy Story 4

  • WINNER: Missing Link
    • Jacob: YES! After getting bashed for including The Lion King I think the final voters decided to go off script and pick the only ORIGINAL film from the bunch. I am hoping either this film or I Lost My Body wins it at the Oscar. Inspired win.
    • Ricky: WOW!!!!!! This was a SHOCKER!!! But I was just happy that Lion King didn’t win. I also just hope I Lost My Body gets an Oscar Nomination.

Best Foreign Language Film

Nominees: The Farewell, Les Miserables, Pain & Glory, Parasite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • WINNER: Parasite
    • Jacob: There was a competition?? I wanna see who got second place because that would be more interesting.
    • Ricky: Slam Dunk.

Best Original Score

Nominees: 1917, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, Motherless Brooklyn

  • WINNER: Joker
    • Jacob: Really happy for Hildur here. Thomas Newman will likely win the Oscar for his score, so it is nice to see her win for one of the most haunting and beautiful of the year.
    • Ricky: Hildur Guðnadóttir score was beautiful, majestic and terrifying. I am so happy she won!!!!! Truly one of the best scores of the year and I hope this ride continues to the Oscars.

Best Original Song

Nominees: Cats, Rocketman, Frozen II, Lion King, Harriet

  • WINNER: Rocketman
    • Jacob: I didn’t realize this was Elton and Bernie’s first-ever Globe win together. Any other song would have been a shame.
    • Ricky: Deserving. This song was every bit as good as the film. This was the right winner because Elton John and Bernie Taupin share this moment was beautiful.

Check out our full thoughts later in our podcast.

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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