The 77th Golden Globes were the official start of awards season, and let’s just say they definitely set the tone for all the glitter to come in 2020. From upsets and wacky speeches to some really memorable presentations (we love you Tom Hanks!), the night was everything we could hope for from an awards shows.
We’ve all got that Fleabag itch
If you haven’t gotten your fill of angsty female characters and hot priests yet, well what the heck are you waiting for? Even Barack Obama is on the Fleabag train and for good reason: it’s one of the buzziest shows of the season. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her ace team took home the trophy for Best Comedy, while the star/producer also nabbed a trophy for Best Actress in a Comedy. (Check out the full list of Golden Globe winners here.)
Considering the collective love for PWB and her dry sense of humour it was icing on the cake to see her so well-frosted on stage; now if only we could all collectively convince her to please, please, please do a third season already.
Olivia Colman really is the queen
Olivia Colman’s run is far from over. The Oscar winner not only appeared in a pitch-perfect supporting role in Fleabag, she took home Best Actress for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. That’s a big deal, since she took over the role from another Golden Globe winner, Claire Foy. But it’s an ever bigger deal that on Sunday night Colman bested A-listers Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman for the hardware.
No Brad and Jen drama, or… anything
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won Brad Pitt the Golden Globe for acting in a comedy or musical, and the cameras didn’t pan to Jen Aniston once. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement, especially considering all of the hype leading up to those two being in the same room in a post-Angelina world. We got glimpses of her nodding to his clever Titanic joke but it was not the reunion we were dreaming about.
Brad Pitt just called DiCaprio “LDC,” made a Titanic door joke, gave double fingerguns, took off using a jet pack and crashed into the cocktail shrimp bar. #GoldenGlobes
— Toss a Coin to Your Fowler (@TheMattFowler) January 6, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres and the power of television
Was there anything better than Kate McKinnon introducing the Carol Burnett Award to Ellen DeGeneres? Sure, modern audiences know the daytime talk show host as the funny lady that she is, but back in 1997, she made some history when she played the first gay lead on television and McKinnon thanked her for paving the way: “I would’ve gone on thinking that I was an alien and that maybe I didn’t even have a right to be here, so thank you Ellen for giving me a shot.”
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) January 6, 2020
“All I ever wanted to do was make people feel good and laugh and there’s no greater feeling than when someone tells me I’ve made their day better with my show or that I’ve helped them get through a sickness or a hard time with their lives,” DeGeneres said during her moving acceptance speech.
“The power of television for me is not that people watch my show, but that they watch my show and then they’re inspired to go out and do the same thing in their own lives. They make people laugh or be kind or help someone that’s less fortunate than themselves and that is the power of television and I’m so, so grateful to be a part of it.”
Tom Hanks is everyone’s dad
Guys, even Charlize Theron thinks Tom Hanks is her dad. When she presented him with his Cecil B. deMille Award, she told a story of freaking out during an audition for him back in the day for That Think You Do!. Instead of calling her out, he pretended that he needed five minutes so that she could compose herself, something she’s never forgotten.
Even better than that introduction though was the amazing clip package some genius editor put together featuring all of Hanks’ best roles. Seriously, that thing could have been a movie in and of itself. It was enough to make Hanks tear up as he did the most DAD thing ever and used his platform to basically thank everyone for showing up and doing their job.
I’m a simple human being, I see tom hanks crying I cry pic.twitter.com/LTVw7uQE4O
— gina (@eyesvvideshut) January 6, 2020
Michelle Williams gave voice to feminism
When Michelle Williams walked the red carpet with fiancé and baby daddy Thomas Kail earlier in the evening we were pretty obsessed. But then Williams won Outstanding Actress in a miniseries for her work on Fosse/Verdon and made a pretty darn amazing speech, as she is wont to do, and our hearts grew in size.
“Women, vote in your own self-interest,” she urged. “It’s what men have been doing for years. It’s why the world looks so much like them.”
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) January 6, 2020
Let’s just say Busy Phillips wasn’t the only Williams fan tearing up over those spot-on words.
Rocketman rode sky-high
The critics may have been skeptical about another musical biopic taking home top honours at the awards this year, but the Globes proved them all wrong when it celebrated Rocketman in style. Taron Egerton won a Best Actor award while Sir Elton John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin got some hardware for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.”
“It’s the first time I won an award with him. Ever,” John said from the podium. “We never won a Grammy, we never did win anything together except for this and I’m so happy, thank you very much.”
Awkwafina made history
Um, did we need another reason to love Awkwafina? No, not really. But now that she’s made history as the first woman of Asian descent to win the award for Lead Actress in a Comedy/Musical at the Globes we got one anyhow. Also, her genuinely down-to-earth speech where she gave a shout-out to her dad Wally was pretty perfect.
Quentin Tarantino thanks himself
Yup, that really happened.
“Normally the thing is when I win a writing award, I kind of don’t have anyone to thank. I did it,” he #humblebragged.
Yup, okay. It’s probably a good thing that the director decided NOT to speak when the movie also won the best musical or comedy of the year. When even Lorelei Gilmore isn’t impressed you know things are bad.
Joaquin shouts out the plant-based menu
Was anyone really surprised at Joaquin Phoenix’s win for Joker? Well, no. But we were tickled at his exceptionally long acceptance speech, which was slightly jumbled and made us wonder if he enjoyed a few too many sips of champagne or if that’s just his regular MO. We mean, we get it—it is a long night, but when you start thanking the catering and need to be played off stage because the show is already over time, it means you should start fine-tuning that acceptance speech before the Oscars.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 6, 2020
Stars. They really aren’t like us at all, but that’s why we love them.