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Not One Black Person Won a Golden Globe Last Night

Not One Black Person Won a Golden Globe Last Night

Photo Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moët and Chandon

A lot happened at the 2020 Golden Globes. Here is a quick recap, with a list of all the winners.

Even though we are on the brink of war, and the world is literally burning, Hollywood’s elite gathered on Sunday, January 5th, for the 77th Golden Globe awards. To be fair, the state of affairs was on everyone’s mind, messages about the fires in Australia, the United States’ upcoming war with Iran, and the importance of voting were sprinkled throughout. And the guests were treated to fancy-looking, environment-friendly plant-based food. (Thanks, apparently, to Joker star Joaquin Phoenix.)

Host Rickey Gerviasu had a completely nihilistic view of the show. “Remember they’re just jokes. We’re all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel,” he said during his opening monologue. The most scathing moment came when Gerviasu ripped the companies that are funding Hollywood — and the dubious ways those companies make its profits.

“Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gerviasu said while Apple CEO Tim Cook was sitting in attendance.  “Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China…If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”

When it came to the awards, the big winners were 1917, which won three awards including best motion picture drama and best director, and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which also won three awards, include best motion picture comedy or musical, best screenplay, and best supporting actor.

The most disappointing — but not surprising — outcome was the lack of diversity with the winners. Not one black person won a Golden Globe last night. This meant stars like Eddie Murphey and Beyoncé had to sit as other stars won awards. (Taron Egerton beat Eddie Murphey for best actor in comedy or musical, while Elton John beat Beyoncé for best original song.)

The real problem might have been there were many notable people, movies, and TV shows that weren’t even nominated: like Lupita Nyong’o for Us; Zendaya for Euphoria; Sterling K. Brown for Waves; and Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy.

A little bit of history was made, however, when rapper Awkwafina became the first Asian-American woman to win a Golden Globe Award for best actress. (She won for her role in The Farewell.)

Joaquin Phoenix took home the award for best actor in a drama for Joker. Everyone seemed to be happy for him, with one exception:

Phoenix gave a meandering speech where he cursed and he talked about how none of this matters. And you know what, he’s fucking right.

Here is a list of the rest of the winners.


Best Motion Picture

The Irishman
Marriage Story
The Two Popes

Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out

Best Performance in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker as Arthur Fleck / Joker
Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari as Ken Miles
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory as Salvador Mallo
Adam Driver – Marriage Story as Charlie Barber
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio / Pope Francis

Renée Zellweger – Judy as Judy Garland
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet as Harriet Tubman
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story as Nicole Barber
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women as Josephine “Jo” March
Charlize Theron – Bombshell as Megyn Kelly

Best Performance in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Taron Egerton – Rocketman as Elton John
Daniel Craig – Knives Out as Benoit Blanc
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit as Jojo Betzler
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood as Rick Dalton
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name as Rudy Ray Moore

Awkwafina – The Farewell as Billi Wang
Ana de Armas – Knives Out as Marta Cabrera
Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go, Bernadette as Bernadette Fox
Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart as Molly Davidson
Emma Thompson – Late Night as Katherine Newbury

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture

Supporting Actor 
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood as Cliff Booth
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as Fred Rogers
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes as Pope Benedict XVI
Al Pacino – The Irishman as Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci – The Irishman as Russell Bufalino

Supporting Actress
Laura Dern – Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell as Barbara “Bobi” Jewell
Annette Bening – The Report as Dianne Feinstein
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers as Ramona Vega
Margot Robbie – Bombshell as Kayla Pospisil

Best Director 
Sam Mendes – 1917
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Todd Phillips – Joker
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won – Parasite
Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes
Steven Zaillian – The Irishman

Best Original Score 
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917
Daniel Pemberton – Motherless Brooklyn

Best Original Song
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – Rocketman
“Beautiful Ghosts” (Taylor Swift, Andrew Lloyd Webber) – Cats
“Into the Unknown” (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez) – Frozen II
“Spirit” (Beyoncé, Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh) – The Lion King
“Stand Up” (Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo) – Harriet

Best Animated Feature Film
Missing Link
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Toy Story 4

Best Foreign Language Film
Parasite (South Korea)
The Farewell (USA)
Les Misérables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)


Big Little Lies
The Crown
Killing Eve
The Morning Show

Musical or Comedy
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

Best Performance in a Television Series (Drama)

Brian Cox – Succession as Logan Roy
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones as Jon Snow
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot as Elliot Alderson
Tobias Menzies – The Crown as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Billy Porter – Pose as Pray Tell

Olivia Colman – The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II
Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show as Alex Levy
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve as Oksana Astankova / Villanelle
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies as Celeste Wright
Reese Witherspoon – The Morning Show as Bradley Jackson

Best Performance in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy)

Ramy Youssef – Ramy as Ramy Hassan
Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method as Sandy Kominsky
Bill Hader – Barry as Barry Berkman / Barry Block
Ben Platt – The Politician as Payton Hobart
Paul Rudd – Living with Yourself as Miles Elliot / Miles Elliot’s Clone

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag as Fleabag
Christina Applegate – Dead to Me as Jen Harding
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Miriam “Midge” Maisel
Kirsten Dunst – On Becoming a God in Central Florida as Krystal Stubbs
Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll as Nadia Vulvokov

Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film


Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice as Roger Ailes
Christopher Abbott – Catch-22 as Capt. John Yossarian
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Spy as Eli Cohen / Kamel Amin Thaabet
Jared Harris – Chernobyl as Valery Legasov
Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon as Bob Fosse


Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon as Gwen Verdon
Kaitlyn Dever – Unbelievable as Marie Adler
Joey King – The Act as Gypsy Rose Blanchard
Helen Mirren – Catherine the Great as Catherine the Great
Merritt Wever – Unbelievable as Det. Karen Duvall

Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Supporting Actor 
Stellan Skarsgård – Chernobyl as Boris Shcherbina
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method as Norman Newlander
Kieran Culkin – Succession as Roman Roy
Andrew Scott – Fleabag as The Priest
Henry Winkler – Barry as Gene Cousineau

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – The Act as Dee Dee Blanchard
Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown as Princess Margaret
Toni Collette – Unbelievable as Det. Grace Rasmussen
Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies as Mary Louise Wright
Emily Watson – Chernobyl as Ulana Khomyuk

Best Miniseries or Television Film
The Loudest Voice 


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