Director Sam Mendes’ innovative war movie “1917” pulled off a couple of shockers at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards – including taking best drama over Oscar contenders “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” – while Quentin Tarantino’s 1969-set “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” proved to be the grooviest comedy around. Watch the trailer:
“This is a huge thing for this movie,” said Mendes, who also won best director over Martin Scorsese and Tarantino for his World War I thriller (which opens nationwide Friday). “It’s difficult to make big movies without huge actors in the leads.”
In contrast, “Once Upon a Time” is full of A-list stars and now has awards-season momentum: Tarantino’s love letter to retro L.A. took home a leading three Globes, including best comedy or musical, screenplay and supporting actor for Brad Pitt.
“Holy moly!” Pitt said when accepting the award, his second win in the category. (He also won in 1996 for “12 Monkeys.”) Pitt remarked that when he was starting out, fellow nominees Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins “were like gods to me, so this is an honor. All my respect.”
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Renee Zellweger conquered the field for best actress in a drama for her transformative performance as Judy Garland in “Judy.” “Hi, everybody. You all look pretty good 17 years later,” said Zellweger, picking up her fourth Globe – and first since 2003’s “Cold Mountain.”
Joaquin Phoenix won best actor in a drama for his villainous high-profile turn in “Joker,” which also took best original score. Phoenix thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a plant-based meal, director Todd Phillips and the crowd for “putting up with me,” and his fellow nominees for “the beautiful, mesmerizing work you’ve all done this year.”