«Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood» y «1917» vencen en los Globos de Oro

La comedia «Once Upon a Time in Hollywood» de Quentin Tarantino y el drama «1917» de Sam Mendes vencieron este domingo en la 77 edición de los Globos de Oro, entregados en Los Ángeles (EE.UU.) en una repartida ceremonia en la que ninguno de los hispanos nominados consiguió llevarse su galardón.

«Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood» se proclamó como la mejor cinta de comedia o musical y lideró la lista de obras premiadas con tres galardones, mientras que «1917» ganó en mejor película dramática y sumó un total de dos premios, empatada con «Joker» y «Rocketman».

Curiosamente, el drama vencedor de Sam Mendes recibió la mayoría de votos de los miembros de la Asociación de la Prensa Extranjera de Hollywood (HFPA) pero el público aún no ha tenido ocasión de ver el filme porque su estreno comercial está previsto para la próxima semana, por lo que su victoria dejó descolocada, incluso, a la crítica especializada.

El director de esta cinta bélica que prácticamente consta de un único plano secuencia es Sam Mendes, quien ya recibió la gloria en Hollywood por su afilado retrato sobre la sociedad consumista en la oscarizada «American Beauty» (2000).

Por su parte, Tarantino además de posicionar a su «Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood» como la mejor comedia también consiguió el premio al mejor guion original y repartió un tercer galardón a Brad Pitt como mejor actor de reparto.

La decepción se hizo presente entre las apuestas hispanas ya que ninguna de las candidaturas logró vencer en su categoría, incluida la cinta del español Pedro Almodóvar «Dolor y Gloria», que perdió ante el fenómeno surcoreano de «Parasite» entre las cintas en lengua extranjera, un resultado que el propio cineasta pronosticó antes de la ceremonia.

También se quedaron sin premio las latinas Ana de Armas (por «Knives Out») y Jennifer López (por «Hustlers»), a pesar de la intensa promoción que han hecho durante los últimos meses.

Antonio Banderas, quien quizás era la baza más fuerte del cine en lengua española, tampoco se proclamó como mejor actor dramático en una categoría que vio a Joaquin Phoenix triunfar con su aclamado papel en la controvertida «Joker».

El discurso de Phoenix fue uno de los más punzantes de la noche, en el que aseguró que a pesar de los palabras de recuerdo por los intensos fuegos en Australia, «las buenas palabras no servirían como solución».

Así, el actor insistió en la necesidad de «hacer cambios y sacrificios» en la vida diaria y puso como ejemplo que «no hacía falta coger un avión privado para ir a Palm Springs» -una localidad cercana a Hollywood- y anunció que «esperaba hacer las cosas mejor» al igual que el resto de celebridades de la sala.

La vencedora a la mejor interpretación dramática femenina fue Renée Zellweger por encarnar a la icónica actriz Judy Garland en la cinta biográfica «Judy».

Zellweger se refirió en su discurso al parón que realizó en su carrera por agotamiento -ganó su anterior Globo de Oro en 2004- y habló sobre su regreso para honrar a Garland.

«Su humanidad ha sido un gran recordatorio de que las elecciones que hacemos son importantes. Lo que hacemos importa y cómo elegimos honrar a los demás en nuestras vidas puede ser muy importante en el futuro», aseguró.

En el apartado de interpretaciones en el género de comedia o musical ganaron la actriz Awkwafina («The Farewell») y el actor Taron Egerton («Rocketman»).

Entre las sorpresas de la noche figuró el premio a la mejor película animada para «Missing Link», que se puso por delante de superproducciones taquilleras y populares como «Frozen 2» y «Toy Story 4».

Asimismo también fue sorprendente que «Marriage Story», la cinta que partía con más nominaciones de la noche, finalmente solo se llevara un premio de los seis a los que aspiraba, que fue para Laura Dern como mejor actriz de reparto.

’1917,′ ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ win Golden Globes

The 77th Golden Globes were meant to be a coronation for Netflix. Instead, a pair of big-screen epics took top honors Sunday, as Sam Mendes’ technically dazzling World War I tale “1917” won best picture, drama, and Quentin Tarantino’s radiant Los Angeles fable “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” won best film, comedy or musical.

The wins for “1917” were a surprise, besting such favorites as Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” the leading nominee with six nods, and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” Both are acclaimed Netflix releases but collectively took home just one award, for Laura Dern’s supporting performance as a divorce attorney in “Marriage Story.” “The Irishman” was shut out.

“1917” also won best director for Mendes. The film was made in sinuous long takes, giving the impression that the movie unfolds in one lengthy shot.

“I hope this means that people will turn up and see this on the big screen, the way it was intended,” said Mendes, whose film expands nationwide Friday.

Though set around the 1969 Manson murders “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” was classified a comedy and had an easier path to victory than the more competitive drama category. Brad Pitt won for best supporting actor, his first acting Globe since winning in 1996 for “12 Monkeys,” padding his front-runner status for the Oscars. Tarantino also won best screenplay.

“I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn’t because any woman I stand next to they say I am dating so it’d just be awkward,” Pitt said.

Ricky Gervais, hosting the NBC-telecast ceremony for the fifth time, began the evening with an expletive-laden plea against hypocrisy, telling winners to stick to thanking their agent and their god. But throughout the night, winners seized their moment to speak about current events including the wildfires in Australia, rising tensions with Iran, women’s rights and the importance of LGBT trailblazers.

Patricia Arquette, a winner for her performance in Hulu’s “The Act,” referenced the United States’ targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying history wouldn’t remember the day for the Globes but will see “a country on the brink of war.” She urged all to vote in November’s presidential election.

Gervais opened the show by stating that Netflix had taken over Hollywood. given its commanding 34 nominations coming into the Globes. “This show should just be me coming out going: ’Well done, Netflix. You win everything tonight,” he said.

As it turned out, he was wrong. Netflix won only two awards: Dern’s win plus one for Olivia Colman’s performance in “The Crown.” It was a definite hiccup for the streaming service, which is aiming for its first best-picture win at the Academy Awards next month.

Instead, the awards were widely spread out among traditional Hollywood studios, indie labels like A24, cable heavyweights like HBO and relative newcomers like Hulu.

Renee Zelleweger (“Judy”) took home best actress in a drama, her fourth Globe. But, as always at the Globes, there were surprises. Taron Egerton, a regular presence on the awards circuit this year, won best actor in a comedy or musical for his Elton John in “Rocketman” — an honor many had pegged for Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”).

Awkwafina, the star of the hit indie family drama “The Farewell,” became the first woman of Asian descent to win best actress in a comedy or musical. “If anything, if I fall upon hard times, I can sell this,” said Awkwafina, holding the award.

Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef won best actor in a comedy series for his Hulu show “Ramy.” (Taking Gervais’ advice, he said “Allahu akbar.”) But the winners were otherwise largely white, something the Globes have been criticized for.

Michelle Williams, who won best actress in a limited series for “Fosse/Verdon,” stood up for women’s reproductive rights in her acceptance speech.

“When it’s time to vote, please do so in your self interest,” Williams said. “It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them.”

Best actor has been this year’s most competitive category, with nominees including Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”) and Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”). But Joaquin Phoenix won for his loose-limbed performance in the divisive but hugely popular “Joker.” Phoenix gave a rambling speech that began with crediting the HFPA with the vegan meal served at the ceremony.

Dern’s best supporting actress award for her performance as a divorce attorney in “Marriage Story,” was her fifth Globe. Her win denied Jennifer Lopez, the “Hustlers” star, her first major acting award.

Best actor in a limited series went to Russell Crowe for the Showtime series “The Loudest Voice.” He wasn’t in attendance because of raging wildfires in his native Australia.

“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-changed based,” Crowe said in a statement read by presenters Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge followed up her Emmy haul by winning best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series. She thanked former President Barack Obama for putting “Fleabag” on his best-of-2019 list. With a grin, she added: “As some of you may know, he’s always been on mine.”

HBO had a big night. “Chernobyl” won best limited series and for Stellan Skarsgård’s performance. The second season of “Succession” bested Netflix’s “The Crown” and Apple TV Plus’ first Globe nominee, “The Morning Show.” Brian Cox, the Rupert Murdoch-like patriarch of “Succession,” also won best actor in a drama series.

Tom Hanks, also a nominee for his supporting turn as Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. The Carol Burnett Award, a similar honorary award given for television accomplishment, went to Ellen DeGeneres. She was movingly introduced by Kate McKinnon who said DeGeneres’ example guided her in her own coming out.