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Here’s Everything That Went Down at the 2020 Golden Globes

January 7, 20208 min read

The Awards season is back and it’s back with a bang (if Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue is anything to go by – more on that in a bit). And last night’s 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards was proof of that. Held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, it had the biggest names in film and television in attendance. There were tons of awkward moments, meme-able content, laughters, tears, wins, losses and so much more. Oh, and Beyonce was there. Here’s a rundown of everything that happened at the Golden Globes:

Ricky Gervais Roasted Hollywood 

When I said awards season is back with a bang, I meant it. Ricky Gervais hosted the Globes for the fifth and final time, and trust me, he did NOT hold back. From calling out the lack of diversity in the nominees and calling out Hollywood for being fake woke to Martin Scorsese and Baby Yoda, Gervais spared no one as he rammed through literally every single person in the room. I mean, the guy actually said, “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.” I really don’t think I can say much else about this except humbly asking you to watch the whole monologue, because trust me, there is a LOT of tea, and oh, it is being spilled all over the place:

Hilarious Meme Content

With Gervais’ scathing monologue, came a truck load of meme worthy gifs. Notably Tom Hanks, who was a visual representation of how the entirety of Hollywood must have felt as each and every single one of them was called out for all that they’re worth.

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Gwyneth Paltrow was beyond shook and you could tell.

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Gervais murdered Apple (and every other giant conglomerate) in his monologue, and you can tell that by Tim Cook’s face.

All in all, a win for memes.

Awkwafina and Hildur Guðnadóttir Made History

Awkwafina became the first Asian-American woman to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her role in The Farewell. Meanwhile, Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first solo woman to win for Best Original Score for her bone-chilling composition of the Joker soundtrack.

Important Speeches for Important Causes

Many actors came up on stage and took the time to shed light on the devastating bushfires engulfing Australia at this very moment. Jennifer Aniston read out the acceptance speech on behalf of Australian actor Russell Crowe, who won the award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his performance as former Fox News chair Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice since he was back Down Under trying to protect his family from the fires. And in that speech, he urged people to acknowledge that climate change is a very real phenomenon that needs our immediate attention:

Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Best Actor award for his role in Joker, echoed similar sentiments, calling out Hollywood for being faux environmentalists and urging them to stop using private jets to get to award shows and actually do something to make real change to combat climate change.

Another very important speech of the night was delivered by Michelle Williams, who won a Golden Globe for her work in Fosse/Verdon, took her time to talk about abortion rights. She also urged all women from ’18 to 118′ to vote for the upcoming general elections in the US. Her speech comes at a time when multiple states have taken action to restrict access to abortion services and pressure from Congress to overturn Roe v. Wade is rising.

Also, special shoutout to Brad Pitt because he had some real good Titanic jokes in his acceptance speech.

Fleabag Won (Both the Show and the Character)

Allow me to explain. Fleabag took home two Golden Globes last night for Best Television Series and Best Actress (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) in a Musical or Comedy. Now, if you have watched Fleabag, you’ll know former US President Barack Obama is a pretty significant character to Fleabag as she masturbates to one of his speeches in the show. And in case you didn’t know, Fleabag features in Obama’s annual list of favourite films and shows. A full cycle moment, if you ask me. So naturally, Phoebe had to give a special shoutout to the man in her acceptance speech. It was all very wholesome. So yeah, Fleabag won.

Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres Were Honoured

Tom Hanks was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award this year, while Ellen was honoured with the Carol Burnette award, and suffice to say, there were tears. Tom Hanks got emotional and Kate McKinnon made everyone cry when she introduced Ellen, describing how seeing Ellen as an openly gay LGBTQ+ woman made her feel seen. Kate has never really been extremely vocal about her sexuality (although she’s never hidden it) and seeing her get misty eyed while presenting an award to her idol truly makes for a beautiful moment.

Bong Joon-ho Took Home Korea’s First Golden Globe

Parasite won the category of Best Motion Picture Foreign Language, marking the first Korean film to ever receive a Golden Globe. And Bong, the director, called out Hollywood’s phobia of subtitles in his acceptance speech with just this one line, “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” Basically, read the goddamn subtitles.

Other notable things that happened were Olivia Colman’s hilariously tipsy acceptance speech, and 1917 and Once Upon a Time …In Hollywood took home the night’s biggest awards in film. Also, the food was vegan, much to Joaquin Phoenix’s delight, and did I mention Beyonce was there? All in all, it was a pretty cool kick off to the awards season and it surely made for some excellent entertainment, if you like watching celebrities attend an extravagant party and get drunk off their minds (and accept a few awards), that is.


Featured image: NBC.

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