British filmmaker Sam Mendes on Sunday secured a shock best director win for war epic “1917” at the Golden Globes, which kicked off with a no-holds-barred monologue by host Ricky Gervais that shocked Hollywood’s A-listers.
Stars arriving under bright California skies in couture gowns and extravagant jewels were greeted by the British comic’s signature cutting one-liners at the awards ceremony, the first of the year building up to next month’s Oscars.
“Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh at your expense, shall we?” joked Gervais, hosting the awards for the fifth and final time, before tearing into the industry.
Mendes defeated Hollywood heavyweights Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, as well as South Korean auteur filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, in the crowded best director category.
“Goodness me, that is a big surprise,” said a stunned Mendes.
“Can I just say there’s not one director in this room, not one director in the world that is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese? I just have to say that,” he added to loud applause.
South Korean black comedy “Parasite” bagged the award for best foreign language film, as was widely expected, while Tom Hanks welled up thanking his family as he accepted a lifetime achievement award.
– ‘Succession’, ‘Fleabag’ win TV honors –
In his opening speech, Gervais tackled topics haunting the entertainment sector including #MeToo, lack of diversity, and the streaming wars, to name but a few.
An off-color joke about British actress Judi Dench and the critically slammed film “Cats” was bleeped out by censors.
Beyonce and husband Jay-Z were in attendance to watch a starry list of award presenters including Pitt, his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”).
Among the Globes handed out on the TV side, HBO hit “Succession” won best drama, fending off Netflix’s flagship “The Crown.” Its star Brian Cox won for best actor.
But “Crown” star Olivia Colman scooped best actress for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge added a best comedy actress Globe to her Emmy win for her show “Fleabag,” which also won overall top comedy honors.
– Netflix’s night? –
Netflix — which has disrupted the film industry in recent years — began the night far ahead of the traditional Hollywood studios with 17 Globe movie nominations.
It has multiple frontrunners to scoop the night’s most prestigious film prize, best drama — including Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes.”
Warner Bros. dark comic tale “Joker” and “1917” round out the category.
Streaming giant Netflix only began producing original movies in 2015, but has spent billions to lure the industry’s top filmmaking talent — and to fund lavish awards season campaigns.
“This show should just be me coming out, (saying) ‘You win everything, Netflix, good night,” joked Gervais.
The streamer picked up an early win with Laura Dern’s supporting turn in “Marriage Story,” a heart-wrenching divorce saga starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
Netflix also has Eddie Murphy’s comeback vehicle “Dolemite Is My Name” in the best comedy or musical race — unlike the Oscars, Globes organizers split films into two categories.
In the drama acting categories, Joaquin Phoenix is favorite in a crowded field for his radical portrayal of the villainous anti-hero in “Joker.”
But Driver’s intense turn in “Marriage Story” has generated significant buzz, while the ever-popular Antonio Banderas has been hailed for a career-best performance in Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory.”
Renee Zellweger looks in a formidable position to pick up the best actress gong with Judy Garland biopic “Judy.”
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CPAC speaker terrifies audience about medicare for all: ‘Socialized medicine killed Princess Diana’
A panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday alleged that socialized medicine -- not a car accident -- killed Princess Diana.
The remarks came during a panel on the alleged dangers of socialized medicine.
"Socialized medicine killed Princess Diana," the announcer revealed before asking one of the panelists to explain why.
"Princess Diana was in the car accident in France," Dr. David Schneider, an orthopedic surgeon, told the crowd. "They actually don't have any trauma specialists in France."
"For the first hour after that accident, she was still in that tunnel," he continued. "And after an hour, they took her to a nearby hospital and she was alive for another three hours and they couldn't control the bleeding from her pulmonary artery."
MAGA hat-wearing South Carolina voter casts ‘chaos’ vote for Bernie Sanders: ‘The best worst candidate’
A Republican voter in South Carolina told Fox News that he voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary to help President Donald Trump's reelection chances.
The man, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, made the comments at a diner in Columbia Wednesday morning.
"I'm a Republican and a Trump supporter," he said. "But we have an operation chaos going on and all over the state we're encouraging Republicans to go vote for Bernie because we believe Bernie is the best worst candidate in contrasting his socialism against President Trump and his capitalism."
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‘Don’t put handcuffs on’: Body camera footage shows Orlando police arresting 6-year-old for ‘tantrum’
The Orlando Police Department has released footage of a 6-year-old girl being arrested.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, Kaia Rolle was being read a story when officers showed up to arrest her after she had a "tantrum" earlier in the day.
The arrest occurred at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy on Sept. 19, 2019. Rolle's family shared body camera footage with the Orlando Sentinel this week.
“What are those for?” Rolle asks the officer, referring to zip ties used to handcuff suspects.