Golden Globes 2020: British stars have golden night

British stars win big at Golden Globes 2020
Left-right: Olivia Colman, Sam Mendes and Phoebe Waller-Bridge were among the British winners
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BRITISH stars have had a golden night at a Golden Globes, where Australia's bushfires were the main talking point.

The newly knighted Sir Sam Mendes received two awards for his World War One epic 1917 - the same number won by Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's sitcom Fleabag won two prizes, while Olivia Colman won for playing The Queen in The Crown.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood was the biggest winner overall, with Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino both recognised.

The revisionist Tinseltown fable was named best musical or comedy, saw Tarantino win best screenplay and earned Pitt his second Golden Globe for best supporting actor.

The event saw multiple mentions of the deadly fires in Australia, which have claimed at least 24 lives since they began in September.

Mendes was named best director for 1917, which went on to be crowned best film drama at the end of the Los Angeles ceremony.

"I really hoped this means people will turn up and see it on the big screen as intended," he said as he took to the stage with his film's cast and crew.

Welsh star Taron Egerton, named best actor in a musical or comedy for playing Sir Elton in Rocketman, said the film had been "the best experience of my life".

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Egerton thanked Sir Elton John "for living a life less ordinary"

There was also success for Sir Elton and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, who won best film song for their Rocketman composition I'm Gonna Love Me Again.

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor in a film drama for Joker, while Renee Zellweger won the female equivalent for playing Judy Garland in Judy.

The actress, who won her last Golden Globe in 2004, thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for "inviting me back to the family reunion".

Phoenix used his own acceptance speech to exhort his fellow stars to "take responsibility and make changes".

"Contrary to popular belief I don't want to rock the boat, but the boat is [doomed]," said the actor.

"We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs to the awards sometimes."

Awkwafina and Renee Zellweger won the two main film acting awards

Awkwafina was the other winner in the main film acting categories, winning best actress in a musical or comedy for The Farewell.

The actress and rapper - whose real name is Nora Lum - is the first woman of Asian heritage to win the award.

Earlier in the evening, there were two awards for Fleabag as Waller-Bridge was named best actress in a TV series (musical or comedy).

As she collected her award, Waller-Bridge thanked her Irish co-star Andrew Scott for bringing "so much fire" to his role as the show's "Hot Priest".

Fleabag went on to be named best TV series (musical or comedy) at the star-studded ceremony.

Waller-Bridge used her second acceptance speech to thank former US president Barack Obama for recommending the BBC comedy in a recent tweet.

Colman, another of Waller-Bridge's Fleabag co-stars, said she had not expected to be recognised for her work in the third series of The Crown.

"I had money on this not happening," the British Oscar-winner admitted as she was named best actress in a drama series.

"For the last year I feel I've been living someone else's life, and now I feel I've won someone else's award."

Claire Foy, Colman's predecessor on The Crown, also won a Golden Globe for playing The Queen in the Netflix drama.

Colman accepted her prize while wearing a ring promoting ERA 50:50, a campaign advocating equal gender representation on British stage and screen.

Other British winners include Brian Cox, who was named best actor in a drama series for Succession.

The satirical series, created by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong, was later named best TV drama.

Brad Pitt won one of three awards given to Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Russell Crowe was another early winner, receiving the award for best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television for The Loudest Voice.

The Australian actor was not at the ceremony, instead sending a message about the devastating bush fires ravaging his homeland.

"Make no mistake, the tragedy taking place in Australia is climate change-based," he said in a message read out by actress Jennifer Aniston.

Pierce Brosnan, whose sons Dylan and Paris are serving as this year's Golden Globe ambassadors, also sent a message of goodwill to those affected by the fires.

Cate Blanchett, meanwhile, paid tribute to the volunteer firefighters who are tackling the blazes.

"When one country is facing a climate disaster, we are all facing a climate disaster," the Australian actress declared.

Ricky Gervais opened the show with a salty monologue

Ricky Gervais, hosting the event for the fifth time, kicked off proceedings with a salty monologue that poked fun at James Corden, Martin Scorsese and others.

"I came here in a limo and the licence plate was made by Felicity Huffman," he joked - a reference to the US star's recent jail term for her role in a university cheating scandal.

Yet the British comedian also took Hollywood's great and good to task for expressing political opinions while simultaneously accepting money from multinationals with questionable business practices.

"If you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech," he said. "You're in no position to lecture the public about anything."

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres received a special award at the ceremony, as did actor Tom Hanks.

The two-time Oscar winner was briefly moved to tears as he paid tribute to his ever-supportive family.

Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres were both honoured with special awards

As expected, South Korean satire Parasite - winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes - was named best foreign language film.

"Just being nominated with fellow international film-makers was a huge honour," said director Bong Joon-Ho in a speech delivered in his native Korean.

"Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films," he went on to say via his translator.

One notable upset came in the best animated film category, where stop-motion film Missing Link beat out such hit sequels as Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4.

There was no surprise, though, when perennial Globe favourite Laura Dern was named best supporting film actress for Marriage Story.

The Jurassic Park star - who was Miss Golden Globe in 1982 - has won five Golden Globes for her film and TV work.

Dern's was the only award for Netflix's marital drama, which started the night with more nominations - six - than any other film.

Yet it was one more than Martin Scorsese's mob drama The Irishman, another Netflix production, which failed to make good on any of its five nominations.

The Globes is the biggest ceremony of the awards season outside of the Oscars and many of its award recipients traditionally go on to enjoy success at the later event.

Yet the way the HFPA has spread the riches offers few clues over what films and stars will win Academy Awards on 9 February.

Below is the full list of winners:

Best motion picture - drama

    WINNER: 1917
    The Irishman
    Marriage Story
    The Two Popes

Best actress in a motion picture - drama

    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
    Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
    Charlize Theron - Bombshell
    WINNER: Renée Zellweger - Judy

Best actor in a motion picture - drama

    Christian Bale - Ford v Ferrari
    Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory
    Adam Driver - Marriage Story
    WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
    Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

Best motion picture - musical or comedy

    Dolemite Is My Name
    Jojo Rabbit
    Knives Out
    WINNER: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Best actress in a motion picture - musical or comedy

    Ana De Armas - Knives Out
    WINNER: Awkwafina - The Farewell
    Cate Blanchett - Where'd You Go, Bernadette
    Beanie Feldstein - Booksmart
    Emma Thompson - Late Night

Best actor in a motion picture - musical or comedy

    Daniel Craig - Knives Out
    Roman Griffin Davis - Jojo Rabbit
    Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
    WINNER: Taron Egerton - Rocketman
    Eddie Murphy - Dolemite is My Name

Best motion picture - animated

    Frozen 2
    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    The Lion King
    WINNER: Missing Link
    Toy Story 4

Best motion picture - foreign language

    The Farewell
    Les Miserables
    Pain and Glory
    WINNER: Parasite
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best actress in a supporting role in any motion picture

    Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell
    Annette Bening - The Report
    WINNER: Laura Dern - Marriage Story
    Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers
    Margot Robbie - Bombshell

Best actor in a supporting role in any motion picture

    Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
    Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
    Al Pacino - The Irishman
    Joe Pesci - The Irishman
    WINNER: Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best director in a motion picture

    Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
    Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
    Bong Joon Ho - Parasite
    WINNER: Sam Mendes - 1917
    Todd Phillips - Joker

Best screenplay - motion picture

    Noah Baumbach - Marriage Story
    Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won - Parasite
    Anthony McCarten - The Two Popes
    WINNER: Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
    Steven Zaillian - The Irishman

Best original score

    Motherless Brooklyn - Daniel Pemberton
    Little Women - Alexandre Desplat
    WINNER: Joker - Hildur Gudnadottir
    1917 - Thomas Newman
    Marriage Story - Randy Newman

Best original song - motion picture

    Beautiful Ghosts - Cats
    WINNER: I'm Gonna Love Me Again - Rocketman
    Into the Unknown - Frozen 2
    Spirit - The Lion King
    Stand Up - Harriet

Best television series - drama

    Big Little Lies
    The Crown
    Killing Eve
    The Morning Show
    WINNER: Succession

Best actress in a drama series

    Jennifer Aniston - The Morning Show
    WINNER: Olivia Colman - The Crown
    Jodie Comer - Killing Eve
    Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies
    Reese Witherspoon - The Morning Show

Best actor in a drama series

    WINNER: Brian Cox - Succession
    Kit Harington - Game of Thrones
    Rami Malek - Mr Robot
    Tobias Menzies - The Crown
    Billy Porter - Pose

Best television series - musical or comedy

    WINNER: Fleabag
    The Kominsky Method
    The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
    The Politician

Best actress in a television series - musical or comedy

    Christina Applegate - Dead to Me
    Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
    Kirsten Dunst - On Becoming a God in Central Florida
    Natasha Lyonne - Russian Doll
    WINNER: Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag

Best actor in a television series - musical or comedy

    Michael Douglas - The Kominsky Method
    Bill Hader - Barry
    Ben Platt - The Politician
    Paul Rudd - Living With Yourself
    WINNER: Ramy Youssef - Ramy

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television

    WINNER: Chernobyl
    The Loudest Voice

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

    WINNER: Michelle Williams - Fosse/Verdon
    Helen Mirren - Catherine the Great
    Merritt Wever - Unbelievable
    Kaitlyn Dever - Unbelievable
    Joey King - The Act

Best actor in a limited series or a motion picture made for television

    Chris Abbott - Catch-22
    Sacha Baron Cohen - The Spy
    WINNER: Russell Crowe - The Loudest Voice
    Jared Harris - Chernobyl
    Sam Rockwell - Fosse/Verdon

Best actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or a motion picture made for television

    Meryl Streep - Big Little Lies
    Helena Bonham Carter - The Crown
    Emily Watson - Chernobyl
    WINNER: Patricia Arquette - The Act
    Toni Collette - Unbelievable

Best actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

    lan Arkin - The Kominsky Method
    Kieran Culkin - Succession
    Andrew Scott - Fleabag
    WINNER: Stellan Skarsgård - Chernobyl
    Henry Winkler - Barry