'1917', 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' win top Golden Globes

Published : 10:48, Jan 06, 2020 | Updated : 10:54, Jan 06, 2020

77th Golden Globe Awards - Photo Room - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 5, 2020 - The cast of `Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood` poses backstage with their award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. REUTERSWorld War One movie "1917" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," set in 1960s Tinseltown, won the top movie prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday on a night packed with upsets.

"1917" was named best drama, beating presumed front-runners "The Irishman" and "Marriage Story," both from Netflix, while the nostalgic "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" from Sony Pictures won for best comedy or musical, as well as two other statuettes.

British director Sam Mendes was also named best director for his immersive "1917" from Universal Pictures.

"That is a big surprise," said Mendes, who beat Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

Joaquin Phoenix, who played a terrifying "Joker", and Renee Zellweger, who played Judy Garland in "Judy" took the drama movie actor honours. Taron Egerton ("Rocketman") and Awkwafina ("The Farewell") were first-time acting winners in the comedy/musical field.

Tarantino took home the Golden Globe for the screenplay of his love letter to the industry, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," while Brad Pitt was a popular winner for playing a laid-back stunt double in the movie.

Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for her role as a ruthless divorce lawyer in "Marriage Story," defeating presumed favourite Jennifer Lopez as a feisty pole dancer in "Hustlers."

British comedian Ricky Gervais, hosting the awards ceremony for the fifth time, threw caution to the wind with expletives and jokes that drew mostly nervous laughter in the room of A-list celebrities.

In the television honours, HBO's media dynasty show "Succession" and Amazon Studio's quirky British comedy "Fleabag" were the big television winners.