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2020 Golden Globes: Complete list of winners

2019 was a fantastic year for film and television alike, and the year's corresponding awards season rewarded creatives' efforts with glamorous evenings and plenty of golden statues. In 2020, the world is still celebrating — starting with the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. 

The ceremony — hosted by the ever-acerbic Ricky Gervais, who called out everything from the box office disaster that was Cats to the insanely long feature film The Irishman — took place on Sunday, January 5, 2020, when many deserving people and projects took home trophies. There were shocking wins for Sam Mendes' 1917, and big triumphs for Parasite filmmaker Boon Jong-ho, Fleabag mastermind Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the team behind HBO's Succession, Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and yes, even Joker.

If you missed this year's event and are out of the loop regarding just who and what received shiny little statues, let us fill you in with the complete list of winners from the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.

The Best Motion Picture winners at the 2020 Golden Globes

In a move few — if any — saw coming, the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Drama went to director Sam Mendes' 1917, an epic war drama that follows two British soldiers as they deliver a message. The film trumped Joker and The Irishman, the two biggest contenders for the award, as well as Marriage Story and The Two Popes

What was far less surprising was seeing that Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy at the 2020 Golden Globes, beating out the Eddy Murphy-starrer Dolemite is My Name, Taika Waititi's World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, Rian Johnson's delicious whodunnit tale Knives Out, and the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Missing Link, the Laika-produced stop-motion animated adventure film from director Chris Butler that Looper noted as one of the best movies of 2019, won the Golden Globe for best animated motion picture, while director Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, the critically acclaimed South Korean black-comedy thriller, scored the award for best foreign language film. Where the former beat out Toy Story 4, Frozen IIHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and the computer-animated The Lion King, the latter soared ahead of beloved contenders The Farewell, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Pain and Glory, and Les Miserables. 

The Best Actor and Best Actress movie winners at the 2020 Golden Globes

Some of the most important awards handed out at the Golden Globes each year are those for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in leading and supporting roles in motion pictures. Tons of talented men and women were gunning for the golden statues at the 2020 ceremony, but just six turned that dream into a reality. They are as follows:

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama: Renee Zellweger for Judy
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy: Taron Egerton for Rocketman
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy: Awkwafina for The Farewell
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Laura Dern for Marriage Story

Sam Mendes won Best Director at the 2020 Golden Globes

Awards ceremonies are famous (read: notorious) for subverting expectations and handing out trophies to creatives and content that weren't exactly top contenders. This happened at the 2020 Golden Globes when Sam Mendes won Best Director for 1917, the film that also walked away with the trophy for Best Motion Picture — Drama.

Mendes beat out four filmmakers that had huge hype backing them: Parasite's Bong Joon-ho, Joker's Todd Phillips, The Irishman's Martin Scorsese, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Quentin Tarantino. Countless people were certain that Phillips would score the Globe for helming the dark-and-dirty character study of a man driven to crime by an uncaring society, or that Scorsese would pick up another accolade for delivering a massive crime drama that tells the story of mobster Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. Alas, Mendes got the glory.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won Best Screenplay at the 2020 Golden Globes

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood took home the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay at the 2020 Golden Globes, beating out several heavy-hitting contenders to snag the prize. The film — which dives into the sometimes-weird, sometimes-wonderful world of Hollywood at the height of hippy culture in 1969, and takes a revisionist approach to the true-life story of the murder of actress Sharon Tate — was up against Marriage Story (written by Noah Baumbach), Parasite (Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won), The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten), and The Irishman (Steven Zaillian).

In accepting the award, Tarantino thanked himself (he wrote the screenplay himself), his wife (who's pregnant with their first child), and his cast (top-lined by Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Leonardo DiCaprio as fictional screen star Rick Dalton, and Brad Pitt as Rick's stunt double Cliff Booth).

The Best Score and Original Song winners at the 2020 Golden Globes

At the 2020 Golden Globes, Joker won the award for Best Original Score — Motion Picture, which went to Icelandic musician and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who scored the film. Marriage Story, 1917, Motherless Brooklyn, and Little Women were also up for the accolade, with the award possibly going to Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Daniel Pemberton, or Alexandre Desplat had one of those films won.

In the Best Original Song — Motion Picture category, Elton John and Bernie Taupin won the Golden Globe for their tune "I'm Gonna Love Me Again," written for the musical biopic about John's rise to fame, Rocketman. The other nominees included "Beautiful Ghosts" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift for Cats; "Into the Unknown" by Kristin Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez for Frozen II; "Spirit" by Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Beyoncé for The Lion King; and "Stand Up" by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erico for Harriet.

The Best TV winners at the 2020 Golden Globes

HBO's Succession took home the Golden Globe for Best Television Series — Drama, triumphing over BBC America and Hulu's Killing Eve, Apple TV+'s The Morning Show, Netflix's The Crown, and HBO's other prestige darling Big Little Lies. In the Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy category at the 2020 Golden Globes, Amazon Prime's Fleabag — from the brilliant brain of writer, creator, and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge — won the prize.

As for the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television? That went to HBO's Chernobyl, which beat out Catch-22, Fosse/Verdon, The Loudest Voice, and Unbelievable.

The Best Actor and Best Actress TV winners at the 2020 Golden Globes

There were countless actors and actresses who laid bare their souls on the small screen in 2019, and dozens were recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2020 Golden Globes. During the evening, the HFPA honored eight actors and actresses for their efforts on limited series, motion pictures made for television, drama series, and musical/comedy series. The winners are as follows:

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Russell Crowe for The Loudest Voice
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama: Olivia Colman for The Crown
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama: Brian Cox for Succession
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy: Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy: Ramy Youssef for Ramy
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Patricia Arquette for The Act
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Stellan Skarsgård for Chernobyl