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Political Night as THREE BILLBOARDS Reigns at 75th Golden Globes

Political Night as THREE BILLBOARDS Reigns at 75th Golden Globes

In a night that featured a lot of political speeches, mostly along the veil of the #TimesUp hashtag that was born out of the recent sexual harassment scandals, the 75th Golden Globes Awards rewarded a highly political women with a strong female character—in both categories. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri won Best Picture (Drama) and was the big winner of the night, with trophies for its actress Frances McDormand, its supporting actor Sam Rockwell, and its screenplay by Martin McDonagh. In the Comedy side, Lady Bird triumphed along with a win for its star Saoirse Ronan as Best Actress Musical/Comedy.

In rewarding those two movies alongside their female stars, the Globes made history. Never had both movie winners also netted awards for their female stars. And the trend did not confine itself to movies, it also showed up in the TV categories, where The Handmaid’s Tale, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, and Big Little Lies all won prizes for Best TV shows in their categories—as well as trophies for their lead actresses.

Elsewhere in the movie world, Allison Janney defeated Laurie Metcalf for I, Tonya, while Mexico had a good night with the Best Director win for The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro and Best Animated Feature for Coco. Del Toro’s love fantasy poem also won Best Score for Alexander Desplat.

While it is normally the women who are the footnotes, this year it felt as if the men where. Gary Oldman won Best Actor Drama and James Franco the same award for movie Comedy. Aziz Ansari, Sterling K. Brown, and Ewan McGregor also won lead trophies, but none of their shows (Master of None, This Is Us, and Fargo, respectively) did anything else.

So it is that awards season got under way in California tonight. Does this mean that an Oscar follows for these films? Not so fast. The Globes’ predictive value is highly limited. Sometimes they make Academy voters openly reject choices. The voting for nominations for the Oscars has barely begun. One thing is clear though: after Natalie Portman made a comment about the all-male list of Best Director nominees, you can rest assured that the Academy is listening. And although the Globes certainly do not predict the Oscars, they sure can influence them. We are about to find out how much. The Post, which had the most nominations alongside The Shape of Water, went home empty-handed.

Oprah Winfrey, by the way, won the Cecil B. DeMille award tonight, and gave a moving speech about race and gender that will surely reverberate around the industry. She was not alone in speaking about the importance of equality and battling harassment, but her voice was surely one of the most eloquent and without a doubt the most important.

And the presenter? I guess it was Seth Meyers? I’m not sure though, because he made his presence felt very little at the Globes. Which is a good thing, frankly. You want the wins and speeches making the news, not the host.

Let us know your thoughts on these results in the comments! The full list of winners follows.


Full list of winners

Motion Pictures

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Best Actress – Drama

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards

Best Actor – Drama

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Best Director

Guillermo Del Toro

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Lady Bird

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri

Best Screenplay

Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri

Best Animated Feature


Best Score

Alexander Desplat – The Shape of Water

Best Song

This Is Me – The Greatest Showman


Best TV Series – Drama

The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Actress – Drama

Elizabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Actor – Drama

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

Aziz Ansari – Master of None

Best Miniseries or TV Movie

Big Little Lies

Best Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie

Ewan McGregor – Fargo

Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie

Laura Dern – Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie

Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie

Stellan Skarsgaard – Big Little Lies

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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