Controversial jokes from host Ricky Gervais, Brad Pitt’s Leo love-in and Fleabag’s shout-out to former US president and crush Barack Obama – the Golden Globes 2020 provided plenty of stand-out moments.
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and 1917 were the big winners of the night, while British stars also cleaned up – but as always, the awards show was not all about the prizes.
Here are some of the other big highlights from the ceremony.
Host Ricky Gervais keeps it vanilla
Just kidding! Obviously, Gervais was there to court controversy and make sure the A-listers weren’t sitting too comfortably. While his style was a given, there were still some sharp intakes of breath – and amusing facial reactions from Tom Hanks – as the British comedian fired out his jokes during his fifth appearance as host.
His much-anticipated return after four years left nothing off-limits, with jokes about Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Hollywood hypocrisy, and even a lewd comment about Cats star Dame Judi Dench. Come on, Ricky – not Dame Judi.
Best actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio was among those in the crowd to be picked on, with Gervais referencing the length of his film, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.
“Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end, his date was too old for him,” he said.
“Even Prince Andrew is like, ‘Come on Leo, mate. You’re nearly 50’.”
Gervais also urged winners not to use their platform at the awards to make political speeches.
“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” he said. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Can Brad Pitt do more acceptance speeches, please?
Best supporting actor winner Brad Pitt was on good form as he made his speech, which only served to highlight the fact he should have more statuettes on his shelf (or downstairs loo, wherever he keeps them), considering some of his performances over the years.
The star won the gong this year for his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s film about a fading actor and his laidback stunt double – only his second Golden Globe acting win, and coming more than 20 years after his first.
Bigging up his co-star DiCaprio, Pitt thanked his “partner in crime, LDC”, and used his speech to joke about the star’s role in 1997 film Titanic, which saw his character freeze to death as Kate Winslet’s Rose took refuge on a piece of floating furniture.
Pitt added: “Before The Revenant, I used to watch year after year as his co-stars accepted awards and got up and thanked him profusely and I now know why.
“He’s an all-star, a gent and I wouldn’t be here without you man, I thank you.
“Still, I would have shared the raft.”
Pitt – who had been the subject of much speculation ahead of the awards, which also saw his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston in the audience – also thanked his parents watching at home, saying: “I wanted to bring my mom but I couldn’t because any woman I stand next to they say I’m dating, so it would just be awkward.”
Before the show, he was asked about bumping into Aniston, and said: “I’ll run into Jen, she’s a good friend.”
He joked it would be the “second-most important reunion of her year”, referencing the many rumours about a Friends comeback.
Barack Obama gets a special shout-out from his biggest fan
Anyone who has seen the first series of Fleabag will know how Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s character feels about the former US president.
Last week, Mr Obama returned the compliment, highlighting series two of the British comedy as one of his favourite shows of 2019.
So it was only right he should get a nod in star and creator Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes acceptance speech.
“Personally I would like to thank Obama for putting us on his list; as some of you may know, he has always been on mine,” she said.
“And if you don’t get that, please watch season one of Fleabag really, really quickly.”
Fleabag picked up two awards – one for best comedy series, and best actress in a TV comedy for Waller-Bridge.
Next, the (former) Presidential Medal of Freedom?
Everyone loves Tom Hanks
The much-loved actor was emotional – and also battling a cold – as he received the lifetime achievement Cecil B DeMille Award, breaking down on stage as he said his thank yous.
During his speech, the Oscar-winning star of films including (deep breath) Philadelphia, Big, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Green Mile, Cast Away, The Post, Toy Story, Captain Phillips, Sully and A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, thanked his wife, Rita Wilson, and his children, who were all proudly watching from the audience.
He then paid tribute to the other actors he has “stolen from” throughout his stellar career.
“You’re a dope if you don’t steal from everybody you’ve ever worked with,” he said. “And I have stolen from the likes of the people that only need one name, like Meryl, like Denzel, like Antonio, like Meg, like Julia, like Sally Field – even though that’s two names, it’s still one.
“But I have also been made better by watching the examples of some of the greatest actors that have ever walked the stage.”
Hanks, 63, told the crowd that the best advice he was given as a young actor was to “show up on time, know the text and have ideas”.
Ellen praised for helping LGBTQ community
Hanks was not the only star to receive a lifetime achievement award, with presenter Ellen DeGeneres picking up the new Carol Burnett award for TV.
The star poked fun at acceptance speeches during her own acceptance speech, but her time on stage provided a poignant moment too.
Actress Kate McKinnon, who presented the award to DeGeneres, paid tribute to the chat show host for making it “less scary” for her to be gay.
“The Carol Burnett award is given to someone who, like its namesake Carol Burnett, has given us decades of laughter, tears and a new sense of what’s possible,” McKinnon said.
“So I would like to read a list of things that tonight’s recipient, Ellen DeGeneres, has personally given me, and some of these are spiritual and some of them are pieces of clothing I got to keep after doing impressions of her on her talk show.
“A road map for a way to be funny that is grounded in an expression of joy; two pairs of Stan Smith sneakers (that’s one of the clothes ones); a desire to bring everyone together by laughing about the things we have in common; my best collared shirts; a sense of self.
“I have to explain that one more: In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was in the height of its popularity, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, ‘Am I gay?’ And I was, and I still am.
“But that’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself… And the only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV. She risked her entire life and her entire career in order to tell the truth, and she suffered greatly for it.
“Of course, attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change. And if I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would have thought: ‘I could never be on TV. They don’t let LGBT people on TV.’
“So thank you, Ellen, for giving me a shot. A shot at a good life, and thank you also for the sweater with a picture of the baby goat on it.”
Stars highlight devastation in Australia
While it was a night of celebration, the issue of the deadly wildfires in Australia was also at the forefront, with many stars highlighting the devastation on stage and demanding action against climate change.
So far, the fires have killed at least 24 people, destroyed around 2,000 homes and scorched an area more than twice the size of Belgium. Wildlife experts have warned that a billion animals will die in the blazes across the country.
Stars including Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Cate Blanchett were among those to speak out about the issue.
Crowe, a New Zealander who lives in Australia, won a Golden Globe award but did not travel to the ceremony in Los Angeles, staying at home to help fight fires if necessary.
In a message read out on stage by Jennifer Aniston, he said: “Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.
“That way, we all have a future. Thank you.”
On stage at the awards, Australian-born Blanchett said: “I wanted 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.
“When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.”
Nicole Kidman reportedly broke down in tears on the red carpet before the ceremony. She later thanked people for their “incredible support” as her native country was “under enormous stress and duress”.
After winning one of the biggest awards of the night – best actor in a drama film – Joker star Phoenix delivered a speech demanding change from Hollywood.
“It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia but we have to do more than that,” he said.
“It’s such a beautiful gesture and I have not always been a virtuous man. I’m learning so much and so many in this room have given me multiple opportunities to get it right and I’m deeply grateful, but hopefully together we can get unified and make some changes.
“It’s great to vote but sometimes we have to take the responsibility and make changes in our own life.
“We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs to the awards sometimes.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who won two awards on the night, told reporters backstage that she was going to auction off the Ralph & Russo couture suit she wore for the show, with the proceeds going towards the aid effort in Australia.
Source : Sky News