Awards season kicked off in earnest this weekend with the Golden Globes. The night’s big winner was Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which won Best Musical or Comedy. Quentin Tarantino scooped Best Screenplay, while Pitt received his second Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
It was a very positive evening for the British film industry. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sitcom Fleabag won two prizes for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical TV Series, as well as Best Musical or Comedy TV Series, while Olivia Colman won for playing The Queen in The Crown.
Sam Mendes, who was recently knighted for his services to film, received two awards for his World War One film, 1917. Elton John biopic Rocketman also took home two prizes – for Best Musical or Comedy, and also for Best Actor in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, in recognition of Taron Egerton’s performance as the famed musician.
The other big awards went to Joaquin Phoenix for his role of the joker in Joker, while Renee Zellweger won the female equivalent for playing Judy Garland in Judy.
A number of acceptance speeches focused on the Australian bushfire crisis, which began in September but escalated over the past week due to high wins. The death toll stands at 23, with six people still missing, while almost half a billion (480 million) animals have died in the fires.
Russell Crowe, Patricia Arquette, Ellen DeGeneres and Cate Blanchett all used the Globes as a platform to speak out about the devastating tragedy.
“There are a lot of Australians in the room tonight,” said Blanchett. “I know we are all very grateful for the call-outs to our fellow compatriots who are suffering under the bushfires, so thank you.
“I wanted to do a special call-out to the volunteer firefighters who have been at the centre of battling the climate disaster that is facing Australia,” continued Blanchett.
“And of course, when one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster, so we’re in it together, so thank you very much.”
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK