By way of motion pictures, it was an excellent night time Sunday on the Golden Globes for the standard main studios. Common, Warner Bros, Sony and Paramount grabbing 9 of the 14 Globes received final night time within the movie classes, versus the streamers with only one. The Hollywood International Press Affiliation appears to be telling us to place the revolution on maintain for another yr, a minimum of so far as that group is worried.
That one lone streaming win went to Netflix for Supporting Actress Laura Dern’s victory for Marriage Story. The streamer got here in with a number one 17 nominations (after a number one 17 nominations in TV too, with a equally disheartening single win – for The Crown’s Olivia Colman – there). Three Netflix movies — The Irishman, The Two Popes, and Dolemite Is My Identify — had been shut out final night time. There isn’t any option to put an excellent mild on that displaying, however the great point for Netflix is that tomorrow is one other day, and that’s when nominations can be introduced for BAFTAs, the DGAs and PGAs, and the streamer is anticipated to be a significant factor.
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Nonetheless, the knives can be out in some quarters who view the Finest Image victories of Common’s 1917 in Drama, and Sony’s As soon as Upon a Time In Hollywood in Musical/Comedy, as a triumph of the movie-going expertise over streaming, and positively provides them, a minimum of quickly, that every one essential momentum going ahead to the Oscar race: Nominations are introduced subsequent Monday, with voting nonetheless happening till Tuesday at 5 PM PT.
Contemplating the quick window AMPAS voters have needed to cope with since getting their ballots on Thursday, a a lot greater variety of voters than regular are thought to nonetheless be ready to show them in. What affect the Globe wins could have isn’t recognized, however I’d enterprise to say most likely extra affect than normal.
Netflix, which has been growing its Oscar victories yr by yr, is trying to take Finest Image, simply as it’s nonetheless trying win a significant program class on the Emmys. What anti-Netflix sentiment nonetheless resides within the Academy by way of giving them a Finest Image victory can be fascinating to ponder because the race continues, however I acquired one electronic mail final night time from a really plugged-in and well-known Oscar voter, a previous member of management of the group, who was thrilled with the Globes outcomes: “How thrilling – Theatrical Movement Photos received the Globes. Though Netflix is spending $100 M dollars to attempt to win awards, the Globes acknowledged theatrical movies, made for the large display screen !! Streaming can have their very own awards and awards present. However not the OSCARS !!” Ouch.
Though the Globes weren’t sort to Netflix this yr by way of wins, I don’t suppose it was intentional. The HFPA more and more marches to its personal drummer and votes merely for what they like. They didn’t dislike the Netflix movies, they only merely favored some others a bit extra. In a number of conversations with HFPA members this weekend, it was abundantly clear there was no slam dunk, with voters mentioning 1917, Joker, Taron Egerton and As soon as Upon a Time In Hollywood way more regularly than presumed frontrunners like critics favourite The Irishman, the place director Martin Scorsese was thought a minimum of to be heading for a Directing win (and if not him, Parasite’s Bong Joon-Ho). As an alternative, Parasite acquired an anticipated International Language win and that was it, whereas 1917’s Sam Mendes pulled off one of many larger surprises of the night time successful for Directing along with Movement Image – Drama.
The champagne corks had been popping on the NBCUniversal celebration on the Waldorf Astoria which went properly into the night time; after I arrived after 10 PM it was nonetheless going sturdy. It was like déjà vu — this was the identical venue the place only one yr in the past the identical teams, Common and DreamWorks, had been celebrating huge Globe wins for Inexperienced Guide, and now historical past was seemingly repeating itself. In fact, Inexperienced Guide went on to win on the Oscars in the identical classes it received on the Globes, so that is thought-about an excellent signal, particularly in a shortened season the place 1917 is a late bloomer and doesn’t open huge till this Friday.
After I caught up with Mendes, who was getting a number of congrats in a sales space close to the again of the restaurant, he mentioned he was nonetheless shocked however emphasised how large this was for his film upfront of its nationwide break later this week. “It’s totally different that after I went via all this earlier than 20 years in the past with American Magnificence. That had been out for months already, however with this movie most individuals haven’t had the possibility to see it so that is going to imply loads for us,” he instructed me. Stars George McKay and Dean-Charles Chapman had been additionally taking all of it in and didn’t know fairly what to suppose as this was all very new to them, however I can let you know they had been having an incredible time on the celebration and their first Golden Globes.
You would possibly recollect it was simply a few days after Inexperienced Guide’s huge displaying on the Globes final yr that damaging press began mysteriously showing. When you turn out to be a frontrunner on this Oscar marketing campaign day and age, rivals begin to discover methods to carry you down a notch, no totally different than it’s in a political major. That’s precisely the spot the Oscar race is in proper now as each week will carry a number of new alternatives to tip the scales. Hopefully this yr issues keep above board and we don’t see any movie “Greenbooked.” Proper now what the Globes has finished is blown this race huge open and adjusted it up, so I see the possibility for a number of totally different twists forward.
Sony was the large winner of the night time, film-wise, and the studio didn’t even thrown a celebration like Warner Bros, Common and Netflix did. But it surely didn’t matter as Quentin Tarantino’s As soon as Upon a Time In Hollywood, with three victories, set itself up properly to proceed the momentum it has had all season lengthy, regardless of opening again in July. PR reps for the movie aren’t trying to give that up and despatched round an electronic mail this morning reminding us that the film isn’t eligible for one among right this moment’s WGA nominations as none of Tarantino’s movies — he doesn’t make them underneath the guild’s MBA, and the guild disqualifies anybody that doesn’t. It’s anticipated to determine closely in each PGA and DGA contests in addition to BAFTA when these are introduced tomorrow. No time to relaxation in your Globe victories when there’s a lot extra to come back. In an electronic mail despatched studiowide final night time , Sony Photos chief Tom Rothman shared his ebullient temper along with his colleagues that learn partially:
Tonight, As soon as Upon a Time… in Hollywood received essentially the most Golden Globes of any movie and Sony Photos received essentially the most theatrical awards of any studio. The movie’s three main awards embody Finest Movement Image, Musical or Comedy – a testomony to the vitality of unique content material, and the product of brilliance in entrance of and behind the digital camera. Quentin Tarantino additionally received for Finest Screenplay, and Brad Pitt for Finest Efficiency by an Actor in a Supporting Function. Please be part of me in congratulating the various impressed filmmakers who labored so lengthy and arduous on this unbelievable movie…”
Sony is in search of its first Finest Image Oscar win since final taking it with The Final Emperor 32 lengthy years in the past. The studio additionally has Little Girls and A Stunning Day within the Neighborhood within the combine.
And whereas there isn’t a time to relaxation on Globe victories, the other of that could be true in that there’s additionally no time for Netflix to mourn its losses; in this type of season, you simply transfer straight forward and put it within the rear-view mirror. That gave the impression to be what they had been doing at Netflix’s packed and really vigorous and enjoyable after celebration on the Hilton final night time. This was the starriest after-party I noticed happening, as a result of win or lose Netflix is a spot to be, and a spot to be employed, for a lot of in Hollywood today. The whole Irishman gang was gathered round one another in the course of the cavernous tented celebration the place As soon as Upon a Time In Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio (who misplaced Finest Actor – Comedy or Musical to Rocketman’s Taron Egerton) was huddled with longtime collaborator Scorsese. His Globe-winning co-star Pitt was amongst many others who celebrated by going to the Netflix bash.
The Marriage Story group was additionally in excessive spirits celebrating Dern’s win, once more the lone one for Netflix in motion pictures. Marriage Story had come into the night time with essentially the most nominations, however a minimum of walked away with one thing, in contrast to Irishman. PR reps had been attempting to justify the outcomes by asking partygoers in the event that they even bear in mind who received on the Globes two years in the past. “What the hell occurred?” one producer requested me earlier than being pulled again into the crush of people who was so thick it was unimaginable to navigate.
In reply to the query of who received earlier than on the Globes two years in the past, I can say I do bear in mind (OK, properly I seemed it up). Neither Finest Image Globe winner that yr, Three Billboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri or Woman Fowl, went on to win Finest Image on the Oscars which went to The Form of Water. Nonetheless, the Globes gave that movie Finest Director, which it additionally received on the Oscars, and all 4 Oscar-winning actors first received on the Globes. Final yr it was even higher because the Globes matched nearly each eventual Oscar winner within the classes they share in frequent. That’s an enviable monitor report in recent times because the Golden Globes have tried for actual legitimacy in attempting to erase previous recollections of winners that don’t precisely stand the check of time. This yr they’ve anointed a gaggle of performing winners that look very more likely to repeat their speeches at SAG after which on the Oscars together with now front-runners Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Dern.
Comedy/Musical winners Egerton and The Farewell’s Awkwafina acquired an incredible increase of their quest for Oscar nominations, not a straightforward layup for both, however with two days left of Oscar voting their inventory has gone up because of the Globes. And the way nice was it to see Awkwafina make historical past as the primary particular person of Asian descent to win in her class?
General I believed it was a enjoyable present, host Ricky Gervais was blissfully politically incorrect and distasteful (however humorous for those who ask me). I beloved the surprises, together with a well-deserved shocker for Laika with its Lacking Hyperlink win in Animated Function, Two highlights had been the particular awards given to Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres, which makes you would like the Oscars would as soon as embody an honorary profession award or two on its broadcast somewhat than relegating them to a separate non-televised ceremony yearly.
So now that its over we are able to transfer on in a busy week that features the Nationwide Board of Assessment, New York Movie Critics Circle and Los Angeles Movie Critics ceremonies, the aforementioned WGA (simply introduced), PGA, DGA and BAFTA nominations, and culminating Sunday with the large televised Critics’ Alternative Awards the place main nominee The Irishman with 14 nominations and Little Girls with 9 will attempt to make a comeback within the race, and Globe winners like As soon as Upon A Time In Hollywood, 1917, and Joker will attempt to flip up the warmth on the eve of Oscar nominations.
“Fasten your seatbelts” as Bette Davis so memorably mentioned within the Oscar-winning All About Eve.