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Golden Globes 2020: Awkwafina makes history as first Asian-American to win 'Best Actress'

The Crazy Rich Asian actress, Nora Lum, wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) category for her performance in The Farewell
 

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With the 77th Golden Globe Awards wrapped up just hours ago, the awards season is well underway. And while we always look forward to celebrities serving up jaw-dropping looks on the red carpet, another thing that gets us excited is the noteworthy, memorable moments that make the show a unique every year. Here are the best highlights you need to know from this year’s show. 

 

1. When meat wasn’t on the menu

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In light of the climate change issue, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who manages and gives out the Golden Globes, has decided to put out a plant-based meal at the pre-show dinner at The Beverly Hilton hotel.

Over a thousand guests were treated to a starter of chilled golden beet soup topped with shaved candy-striped beets and pistachios, a main of king oyster and wild mushroom risotto before finishing dinner with a vegan opera dome dessert.

Moreover, the show had taken steps to eliminate the use of single-use plastic and water bottles to raise awareness.

 

2. When Ricky Gervais came for fake "woke" celebrities

The polarising British comedian and five-time host of the Globes is not one to hold back. During his opening speech, the host of the evening called out the double-standards of fake "woke" celebrities who would work for companies who aren’t that great.

Gervais said: “If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world." Cue Tom Hanks’ meme-worthy reaction.

 

3. When Jason Momoa bared it all

The Aquaman is no stranger to experimenting on the red carpet. Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet slayed the red carpet in matching couple ensemble, the former wore a green velvet Tom Ford coat, Valentino pants, and Cartier pin and watch while the latter wore Fendi. It was later caught onscreen that Momoa had taken off the coat and watched the show in a black tank-top, showing off his strong, muscular arms. We ain’t complainin’.

 

4. When Queen Bey made a surprise appearance

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Beyoncé is usually a no-show at these award ceremonies, with 2009 being her last appearance at the Globes.

However, the queen of pop decided to attend this year’s show while arriving fashionably late in a gold puffy-sleeved dress with husband Jay-Z. Beyoncé’s Spirit for The Lion King was nominated for the best original song but the title went to Rocketman’s (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.

 

5. When celebrities called for political and social change

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celebrities have long used their acceptance speeches as platforms to raise awareness and call for change. This year’s Golden Globes was no different.

Michelle Williams’ powerful speech called for the support of abortion rights and the ability for women to choose whether to abort, while Russell Crowe, who had missed the ceremony due to the devastating fire in his native country Australia, called for more action against climate change (which was read out by presenter Jennifer Anniston).

Patricia Arquette, on the other hand, urged for more to cast their votes at the impending 2020 US elections. 

 

6. When Awkwafina made history

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nora Lum, who goes by her stage name Awkwafina, first stole our hearts in Crazy Rich Asians as the hilarious sidekick Peik Lin. And now, with her role in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, the actress wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, making her the first person of Asian descent to win the award.

Awkwafina dedicated the win to her family, especially to her father saying, “I told you I’d get a job.”

 

7. When Tom Hanks made everyone cry

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tom Hanks, the recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech that moved viewers.

Fighting back tears, Hanks thanked his wife Rita Wilson and five children for being his blessing before thanking colleagues that helped pave his career, including Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.

 

8. When Parasite became the first Korean film to win at Golden Globes

Directed by Bong Joon Ho, South Korean class thriller Parasite took home the prize for best foreign-language film, making it the first South Korean movie to win the accolade.

In his thank you speech, the director said: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films”.

With this nod, many speculate that Parasite might win again at the upcoming Oscars.

 

The Golden Globes winners' list (in bold):

Best Motion Picture -- Drama

1917

The Irishman

Joker

Marriage Story

The Two Popes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama

Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy

Dolemite Is My Name

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy

Ana de Armas, Knives Out

Awkwafina, The Farewell

Cate Blanchett, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart

Emma Thompson, Late Night

Best Performance by an 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

Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Original Score -- Motion Picture

Little Women - Alexandre Desplat

Joker - Hildur Guðnadóttir

Marriage Story - Randy Newman

1917 - Thomas Newman

Motherless Brooklyn - Daniel Pemberton

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Catch-22

Chernobyl

Fosse/Verdon

The Loudest Voice

Unbelievable

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable

Joey King, The Act

Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great

Merritt Weaver, Unbelievable

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Best Director -- Motion Picture

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Sam Mendes, 1917

Todd Phillips, Joker

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Drama

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Toni Collette, Unbelievable 

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Best Original Song -- Motion Picture

"Beautiful Ghosts," Cats - Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Taylor Swift

"I'm Gonna Love Me Again," Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

"Into the Unknown," Frozen II - Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

"Spirit," The Lion King - Music and Lyrics by Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh & Beyoncé

"Stand Up," Harriet - Music and Lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo

Best Television Series -- Musical or Comedy

Barry

Fleabag

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Politician

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Annette Bening, The Report

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Motion Picture -- Animated

Frozen II

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The Lion King

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture

Marriage Story - Noah Baumbach

Parasite - Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won

The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino

The Irishman - Steven Zaillian

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Drama

Brian Cox, Succession

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Billy Porter, Pose

Best Motion Picture -- Foreign Language

The Farewell

Les Misérables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Performance by an 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

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Television Series -- Drama

Big Little Lies

The Crown

Killing Eve

The Morning Show

Succession

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Andrew Scott, Fleabag

Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl

Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Christopher Abbott, Catch-22

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy

Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Best Performance by an 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

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

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