The rest of the show had to live up to that momentous occasion, and largely succeeded, though Gervais’ opening monologue had all of the energy of a Jeb Bush 2016 stump speech. His disaffected approach felt like it only worked in spurts, but the talent that followed behind him mostly picked up the pace – most notably: Jason Momoa sitting at his table in a tank top.
I repeat, Jason Momoa sitting at his table in a tank top:
— Julie Dolan (@WLKYJulie) January 6, 2020
And that wasn’t the only notable comics-related moment. Captain America and Black Widow getting a nice on-stage reunion as Chris Evans and Scarlet Johansson presented an award together for Best Actor Musical or Comedy! Aw!
— Scarlett Johansson Fanpage (@ScarlettForum) January 6, 2020
Though the medium got its biggest shout-out as Joker took home a pair of prizes, with Joaquin Phoenix winning Best Actor – Drama, and Heidi’s favorite Hildur Guðnadóttir won Best Score. Say what you will about that film, and a whole lot has been said, those are certainly the two more notable elements of it, and frankly I like to pretend Phoenix is also winning this prize for his incredible work over the 2010s in Paul Thomas Anderson and James Gray movies.
He also gave the sort of speech that you’d expect from Joaquin, lambasting his fellow stars for their usage of private jets and their own carbon footprints before getting played off the stage. Dude also dropped so many f-bombs about half his speech had to be censored:
A few other quick observations:
- As always, the Globes are a bit of a iffy precursor for the Oscars, but they do serve as the most public-facing awards show ahead of the Academy’s vote and at least get folks out in the hinterlands talking about Parasite.
- Speaking of: Bong Joon-ho threw down an absolute gauntlet with my favorite line of the whole evening when he said: “Once you overcome the inch-tall-barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” A quote so good, I had to share it on Facebook. Take up this call to arms and make Parasite your gateway to the incredible plethora of films from South Korea and beyond.
- Though a close second in the best speech contest has to go to Stellan Skarsgård, who upon winning his Best Supporting Actor award for Chernobyl, thanked his makeup artist for finally giving him eyebrows, so people could remember his face.
- It was a bit of a sedated show overall. Some of that might have been the laconic performance of the host, but it seemed a bit like there was a less boozy/party atmosphere overall. Of course, the real world situations in Iran and Australia hang heavy, and the latter was a topic returned to often in acceptance speeches (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association even served an all veggie meal to support sustainability!)
- Not that it stopped everyone. Olivia Colman jumped up on stage after winning Best Actress in a Television Drama for The Crown half-sloshed.
- The most interesting development might have been 1917 and Sam Mendes‘ sudden ascendancy as a possible Oscar spoiler. Going into the night, the frontrunners seemed to be Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Parasite and The Irishman pulling a close third. 1917 as a late releasing powerhouse could upset the entire race, or at the very least, turn the Best Director category on its ear. Oscar loves flashy Director flexes like this, and 1917 is the flashiest one we’ve seen since Gravity. (Heidi adds: and this assures another Oscar™ for Stately Beat Manor deitycinematographerer Roger Deakins.)
- Of course, I’m extremely delighted to see Taron Egerton and Awkwafina get their due as well, even if it’s just for this one show.
- Tom Hanks, American Hero. He really is the best of us, you guys. Him getting choked up upon winning his Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award had taking a few hard swallows myself.
Here are the full list of winners, and we’ll see you next month when the Oscars roll around and things really get interesting…