The Australian wildfires, women's rights and calls for people to vote in the 2020 election were sprinkled into the speeches of actors and actresses who scooped up awards that the 77th annual Golden Globes.
The ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, was hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, who delivered an expletive-filled monologue that poked fun at the Hollywood elite.
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "1917" took home the top prizes for best picture in their respective categories.
Quentin Tarantino's flick won in the comedy or musical category as well as earned the director and writer a best screenplay award. Sam Mendes' "1917" earned the drama category's top prize and he took home the Globe for best director.
Sunday's ceremony was a night for underdog nominees.
Laika Entertainment's "Missing Link" won the prize for best animated feature, upsetting Disney and Universal. Disney had represented three of the five nominated films with "Toy Story 4," "Frozen II" and "The Lion King." The upset is only the third time that the top prize did not go to a Disney film.
Awkwafina nabbed the award for best actress in a comedy or musical, beating out acting legends Cate Blanchett and Emma Thompson and up-and-coming stars Ana de Armas and Beanie Feldstein. Awkwafina is the first Asian American to win in this category.
Hildur Gudnadottir, who wrote the score for "Joker," is the first solo woman to win the Golden Globe for best score.
The breakout South Korean film "Parasite" took home the award for best foreign language film.
"Once you overcome the one inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films," director Bong Joon Ho said during his acceptance speech.
Netflix scored four best picture nominations — "Marriage Story," "The Two Popes" and "The Irishman" were nominated for the drama category and "Dolemite is my Name" earned a nod in the musical or comedy category. In total, it earned 17 nominations, the most of any studio. HBO followed just behind with 15.
However, it was Disney and AT&T that won the night. Disney's won three awards for shows on Hulu — "The Act" and "Ramy" — and for FX's "Fosse/Verdon.
AT&T won six awards, including four from HBO's "Succession" and "Chernobyl" and two from Warner Bros. "Joker."
Still, Netflix's numerous nominations underscore the changing Hollywood landscape. As theaters balk at Netflix's shorter theatrical windows for films, critics have embraced the streaming service's content.
Similar to the Emmy Awards, "Fleabag" and "Chernobyl" dominated the television awards portion of the ceremony. Phoebe Waller-Bridge won for best actress in a comedy TV series and for best comedy TV series. HBO's "Chernobyl" won for best limited series and actor Stellan Skarsgard won best actor in a limited series for his performance in the show.
Ellen Degeneres was the recipient of the Carol Burnett Award, which honors excellence in television. It was handed off to Degeneres by a tearful Kate McKinnon, who thanked the comedian for paving the way for other LGBTQ performers in the industry.
The Carol Burnett Award is considered the TV equivalent to the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which was given to Tom Hanks during the telecast for for excellence in filmmaking. Hanks blamed a cold he was battling for his emotional reaction to a standing ovation he received.
"You're a dope if you don't steal from everybody you've ever worked with and I've stolen from the likes of the people that only need one name," he said.
And the winners are...
Best Motion Picture — Drama
Best Actress — Drama
Best Actor — Drama
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Best Actress — Musical or Comedy
Best Actor — Musical or Comedy
Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Score
Best Limited Series / TV Movie
Best Performance by an Actress in Limited Series / TV Movie
Best Actress TV Series — Drama
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Limited Series / TV Movie
Best Original Song
Best Television Series — Comedy
Best Supporting Actress
Best Animated Feature
Best Actor TV Series — Drama
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Actress TV Series — Comedy
Best Television Series — Drama
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Limited Series / TV Movie
Best Performance by an Actor in Limited Series / TV Movie
Best Actor TV Series — Comedy
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