Elle Cahill & Josip Knezevic
This week saw the Golden Globes return for its 75th year, but what set apart this year’s ceremony was the looming shadow of the many sexual abuse scandals currently rocking Hollywood. While racial discrimination and diversity issues have previously dominated the awards season, this year was wholly focused on the women of the film industry, with the majority of female attendees opting to don black in protest against sexual abuse.
While a serious issue, the stand against sexual abuse did distract from a lot of the award winners, many of which were female driven projects. With all that said, let’s take a look at the winners of this year’s Golden Globe awards.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Who Should Have Won – Call Me By Your Name
Coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name ticks almost all the boxes for the makings of a classic film, which should have been enough to edge out murder mystery Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but the winner’s themes of domestic and sexual violence, coupled with a powerhouse performance from Frances McDormand made it a predictable winner. Sorry Armie Hammer, hopefully your dance moves will get recognised at the Oscars.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Lady Bird
Who Should Have Won: The Disaster Artist
Although it hasn’t yet hit Australian cinemas, it’s hardly surprising that Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird took home this award, especially after it became Rotten Tomatoes’ best reviewed film for 2017.
On the other hand, it would have been a welcome surprise if Tommy Wiseau finally got some credit for cult classic The Room via The Disaster Artist, which chronicles the making of his notorious film. The Disaster Artist was Hooked On Film’s top pick for the best film of 2017 and another film high on that list was Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which also would have been a worthy winner in this category.
Winner – Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Who Should Have Won – Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
With Guillermo Del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Martin McDonagh all nominated for this category, the award winner for Best Director was possibly the most difficult to predict. Ultimately, Nolan’s outstanding work on epic war piece Dunkirk should have taken the honour, but del Toro’s win at least marks a welcome return to the greatness we saw from him back in 2006 with Pan’s Labyrinth.
Best Actor, Motion Picture – Drama
Winner – Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Who Should Have Won – Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman was long overdue for recognition, with countless character transitions making up his long and colourful career, so we were more than happy to see our prediction come to fruition in this category. From the moment the trailer for Darkest Hour was released, his impressive portrayal of Winston Churchill was already making waves. The Hooked On Film review of Darkest Hour will be out later this week, with the film available in Australian cinemas from January 11.
Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama
Winner – Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Who Should Have Won – Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand’s feisty performance in Three Billboards was always in a league of its own, so it’s no surprise that she took home the award for Best Actress. It should be enough for her to take out the Oscar for the equivalent category, however, beloved favourite of the Academy Meryl Streep could potentially get in her way. At least for now, Streep can take a step back and let someone else enjoy the spoils of victory.
Best Actor, Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner – James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Who Should Have Won – James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Anyone who’s seen The Room couldn’t have imagined a better performance than the one James Franco delivered in The Disaster Artist. Franco stole the show as the infamous Tommy Wiseau, managing to mimic all of Wiseau’s intricate idiosyncrasies and quirky traits. The award was undoubtedly Franco’s for the taking, and even his acceptance speech was a highlight of the evening. I hope you were all throwing your spoons at the TV as he walked up to the podium like we were.
Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner – Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Who Should Have Won – Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Much like Gary Oldman, Saoirse Ronan’s performance in Lady Bird looked simply delightful from the moment the trailer dropped. A lot of positive reviews have followed Ronan’s fabulous performance, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else this bright young star has in store for us. Although, we’ll always have a soft spot for our Aussie girl Margot Robbie, who was nominated for her lead role in biopic I, Tonya.
Winner – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Who Should Have Won – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Though the critics loved Lady Bird, we had a strong feeling that Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri would steal this one away. With a premise that sounds like its based on a true story, this original screenplay is far more daring than any of the other contenders, with some serious character development and awell-rounded story. Sorry Gerwig, but McDonagh rightfully deserved recognition for this piece of great screenwriting.
Full List of Winners
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Film – Drama
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actor – Drama
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Actress – Drama
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Film – Musical or Comedy
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Animated Movie
Best Foreign Language Film
In the Fade
Best Original Score
The Shape of Water
Best Original Song
“This Is Me”, The Greatest Showman
Best Television Series – Drama
The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actress – Television Drama
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor – Television Drama
Sterling K Brown, This is Us
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Best Limited Television Series or TV Movie
Big Little Lies
Best Actress – Limited Series or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Actor – Limited Series or TV Movie
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or TV Movie
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actress – Limited Series or TV Movie
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Cecil B. De Mille Award
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