All the biggest talking points from the 2020 Golden Globes

The night swapped controversy for messages of love and hope

With everything intense that’s going on in the world right now, things like awards ceremonies start to look slightly frivolous. But Hollywood used the 2020 Golden Globes to pass on messages of hope, love and support, coming together to push the need to vote and be kind to our planet. This year’s ceremony might have swapped controversy for heart but there were still plenty of talking points throughout. These were the biggest.

Global change dominated the night


TV and movies might give us the chance to escape from the real world, but the 2020 Golden Globes reminded us of our responsibility as citizens of Earth. Despite host Ricky Gervais’ warnings not to get political in their speeches, winners and presenters like Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, and Patricia Arquette put the bushfires in Australia and tensions between the US and Iran front and centre. But it was Joaquin Phoenix who, in one of the night’s final acceptance speeches, made an important point – sending well wishes is no replacement for taking action and making change yourself.

Parasite’s win came with advice to live by


Although it was snubbed in the Best Motion Picture category and didn’t win Best Director or Best Screenplay, South Korean thriller Parasite at least took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film. While collecting the trophy, director Bong Joon-ho shared some wise advice that will enrich both your viewing habits and, when applied in a broader context, your life as a whole: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

J Lo’s big moment of recognition didn’t happen

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Much praise has been heaped on Jennifer Lopez for her role in Hustlers, in which she plays Ramona, one of a group of strippers who con Wall Street workers. But while her performance is her most critically acclaimed so far, it wasn’t rewarded at the Golden Globes. Will her lack of a win spur Oscars voters on to give her a golden statuette? We’ll find out on February 9.

Olivia Colman remains the most refreshing speech-giver

Last awards season, Olivia Colman stole hearts with her candid acceptance speeches. One year on, nothing has changed. When she collected the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama, she delivered a giddy stream-of-consciousness in which she revealed she’d already hit the booze because she didn’t think she’d win and acted like the most wholesome, excited fan of everyone around her.

PWB thanked Obama


At the end of 2019, Barack Obama shared his favourite books, films, songs, and TV shows of the year. On the final list was an inclusion that probably made for slightly awkward (but very funny) reading for Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge – in the pilot episode of season one, Phoebe Waller Bridge’s character is seen getting herself off to the former US President. “I’d like to thank Obama for putting us on his list,” she said as she collected the trophy, adding with a cheeky grin: “As some of you may know, he’s always been on mine.”

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