77th Annual Golden Globe Award Winners 2020
Best motion picture, drama
“The Two Popes”
Best actress in a motion picture, drama
WINNER: Renee Zellweger, “Judy”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Best actor in a motion picture, drama
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”
Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”
Best motion picture, comedy or musical
WINNER: “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical
WINNER: Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart”
Emma Thompson, “Late Night”
Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”
Cate Blanchett, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”
Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical
WINNER: Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”
Roman Griffith Davis, “Jojo Rabbit”
Daniel Craig, “Knives Out”
Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
WINNER: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Best original score, motion picture
WINNER: Hildur Gudnadottir, “Joker”
Thomas Newman, “1917”
Alexandre Desplat, “Little Women”
Randy Newman, “Marriage Story”
Daniel Pemberton, “Motherless Brooklyn”
Best limited series or TV movie
WINNER: “Chernobyl” (HBO)
“The Loudest Voice” (Showtime)
Best actress in a limited series or TV movie
WINNER: Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Merritt Weaver, “Unbelievable” (Netflix)
Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable” (Netflix)
Joey King, “The Act” (Hulu)
Helen Mirren, “Catherine the Great” (HBO)
Best director, motion picture
WINNER: Sam Mendes, “1917”
Bong Joon-Ho, “Parasite”
Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Best actress in a TV series, drama
WINNER: Olivia Colman, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
WINNER: Patricia Arquette, “The Act” (Hulu)
Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Best original song, motion picture
WINNER: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman,” Elton John, Bernie Taupin
“Beautiful Ghosts,” “Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber, Taylor Swift
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Spirit,” “The Lion King,” Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Beyonce
“Stand Up,” “Harriet,” Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo
Best TV series, musical or comedy
WINNER: “Fleabag” (Amazon)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“The Politician” (Netflix)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
Best supporting actress in a motion picture
WINNER: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
Annette Bening, “The Report”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Best animated feature film
WINNER: “Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“The Lion King”
Best screenplay, motion picture
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”
Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman”
Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won, “Parasite”
Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
Anthony McCarten, “The Two Popes”
Best actor in a TV series, drama
WINNER: Brian Cox, “Succession” (HBO)
Billy Porter, “Pose” (FX)
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Best foreign language film
“Pain and Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy
WINNER: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” (Amazon)
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” (Netflix)
Kirsten Dunst, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” (Showtime)
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me” (Netflix)
Best TV series, drama
WINNER: “Succession” (HBO)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
“Killing Eve” (BBC America)
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
WINNER: Stellan Skarsgard, “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Kieran Culkin, “Succession” (HBO)
Henry Winkler, “Barry” (HBO)
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag” (Amazon)
Best actor in a limited series or TV movie
WINNER: Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice” (Showtime)
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy” (Netflix)
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Christopher Abbott, “Catch 22” (Hulu)
Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy
WINNER: Ramy Youssef, “Ramy” (Hulu)
Bill Hader, “Barry” (HBO)
Ben Platt, “The Politician” (Netflix)
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself” (Netflix)
Three Things Todd Phillips’ Joker Sequel Can Do To Surpass The First
By now, we all know that Todd Phillips is helming the sequel to the Oscar-winning comic-book adaptation Joker. It was reported that Joaquin Phoenix will be reprising his role as the menacing clown prince of crime known as Arthur Fleck while , in a shocking twist, Lady Gaga will be playing Harley Quinn instead of Margot Robbie coming back as the Joker’s favorite love interest.
People are still somewhat in shock that the sequel to the 2019 smash hit is going to be a musical that will actually feature our lead character singing, which is already something new for a DC film. Despite all of that, fans are understandably worried that this sequel will not perform on the same level as its predecessor.
Here is how it can be great:
Technically, we already saw Batman in the last movie. Many people don’t count it because it was just a young Bruce Wayne up until he lost his parents. However, if fans want to be truly satisfied with the outcome of the film, Todd Phillips needs to have Batman come into his Caped Crusading glory once again. Whether they use Robert Pattinson, or decide to bring Ben Affleck back again, it would be so amazing so see the two go at it in this universe.
Fans might groan and roll their eyes at the prospect of these two characters duking it out yet again, but, whether we like it or not, Joker is the greatest Batman villain in his rogues gallery and a Joker without a Batman, especially in this sequel, does not look like it would bode well with audiences.
Joker must kill Robin
In the comics, Jason Todd’s Robin is kidnapped and held captive by the Joker only to be ultimately killed by the clown prince of crime. To really make this movie compelling, there has to be some sort of stakes. Robin may be the equalizer in those stakes and up the ante in the film to make it more heartfelt and poetic if the Joker were to kill him.
This would most likely culminate into an ultimate showdown of blood, justice and vengeance between Joker and Batman.
Kill the Musical Numbers
It might be impossible at this point but if the filmmakers want this film to succeed, it makes only sense to get the musical genre clear out of the film. DC comic-book films and musicals don’t sound like they mix well together. WIth that being said, it only makes sense that the two remain separate.
To be honest, could you imagine seeing Joker singing a power ballad with Harley Quinn in a DC film, or better yet, singing it with Batman? Moreover, could you imagine Joker looming over Robin as he belts out a villain song? I couldn’t imagine that either.
Why ‘Return to Oz’ is one of my favorite films now
I have said it once and I’ll say it again. Nothing could match the sheer brilliance of the 1939 Judy Garland-led film The Wizard of Oz, but there is another film that was flown under the radar that was forgotten by many Oz fans after its release. That film was Return to Oz.
The movie is the unofficial sequel to the 1939 classic film. It follows a young Dorothy Gale six months after she came back from the Land of Oz. She is sent a key by the scarecrow via a shooting star and gets back to the magical land of Oz using a raft on a floating river. She is accompanied by a talking chicken, a metalhead named Tik-Tok, a Gump and Jack Pumpkinhead.
The gang battles the evil Princess Mombi and her boss the Nome King. They must find the Scarecrow and unfreeze all of the inhabitants of the Emerald City.
The film bombed at the box-office and only received mixed reviews, but, over the years, it has gained popularity, thanks to the internet and other Oz fans.
As a child, I have always been fascinated with the idea of a person or a group of people traveling to a distant and fantastical land of wonder and amazement. That’s why I love movies like Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and The Chronicles of Narnia but this Walter Murch film from 1985 seems to capture my attention whenever I’m on Disney+ trying to kill some time.
The story is so simple that it takes the journey of the hero and breathes new life into the marvelous land of Oz and the films that inspired it. It has a certain kinship to the nostalgic movies that I previously watched as a child in the 2000s.
Another reason that I love this film so much is because of the magnificent score by David Shire. His music is so beautifully crafted that it makes one weak in the knees and the heart. Each note is a transformative thrill into Murch’s vision of what L. Frank Baum’s Oz was. The film uses every single strand of filmmaking techniques that the 1939 film originally hosted.
Since its release, it has been acclaimed as a cult classic and its nostalgic charm is what makes it so likable and watchworthy.
Why ‘Joker’ Is Better Than ‘Captain Marvel’
The 2010s proved to be the age of the comic-book movies and I’m not just talking about the Avengers movies, although they certainly changed the game for superhero movies, today I will be discussing are two of the most divided comic-book films of the 2010s and they are Captain Marvel and Joker or better yet, why ‘Joker’ proves to be a much better film than ‘Captain Marvel’.
I will start with what makes the ‘Joker’ movie better than Captain Marvel. For those that have not seen the ‘Joker’ movie, major spoilers ahead. Although, if you haven’t seen it by now, shame on you. It made over a billion dollars at the box office and became Joaquin Phoenix’s most successful film.
But anyway, the joker is about a struggling stand up comedian named Arthur Fleck who is constantly bullied and disregarded by society. Fleck lives with his mother Penny working as a party clown until he is fired from his job for bringing a gun into a children’s hospital.
Afterwards, Fleck is beaten by three businessmen on a train. Fleck draws his gun and kills all three men, beginning his dark descent as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time. Now, let’s talk about Captain Marvel. Yeah I know, but it’s still part of the essay.
Captain Marvel is about a young US Fighter Pilot named Carol Danvers who is the victim of a terrible crash that gives her immeasurable powers after a Kree causes her plane engine to explode. And I’m only saying this not because I remember exactly what happened but because I’m reading that from Wikipedia.
Now, before I break down anymore differences, let me break down how both of these movies are similar. Both movies address a character that is looking for more purpose in life. I understand that that seems like a very broad explanation but that is the case in these films. Both characters have something or a series of traumatic events occur in their lives, both characters go up against a powerful group. In the Joker, Arthur Fleck goes up against the Waynes and in Captain Marvel Carol Danvers goes up against the Kree, both characters find out who they truly are: It’s revealed in Joker that Fleck was adopted and abused as a child and in Captain Marvel Danvers figures out that she was captured by the Kree after she gained her powers and lost her memory and after discovering their true selves, they decide to use their newfound persona for either evil or for good.
Now the reason audiences loved the Joker movie could be surrounded in the fact that the filmmakers brought light to a comic book villain that was never shown in a film until now, while Captain Marvel was divided amongst fans because in my opinion it seemed more like a filler in between avengers infinity war and endgame.
And that brings me to my first point. Unlike Captain Marvel, Joker was designed to be a standalone film and not be part of a cinematic universe, despite the fact that a sequel is possible. But anyway, one of the reasons that makes the Joker movie so much better than Captain Marvel is the fact that it was meant to be a standalone film, which makes it unique.
Captain Marvel on the other side of the Marvel spectrum is a movie within a collection of movies, which means that if it wants to really stand out among the comic book film genre, it needs to do something new that hasn’t been seen before and I don’t want to use these guys as a source, but rotten tomatoes consensus sounds like Captain Marvel just recycles old material.
The consensus reads: “Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU’s latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula”.
Did you guys hear that last part? It makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula. It never said that Captain Marvel adds anything new in the Marvel Pantheon, it just makes effective use of an already done-before formula.
Joker’s consensus reads: “Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star — and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema”.
The consensus says that it is an evolution for the comic book film genre….and it is. It changed the game for comic book films and it did it with simplicity. It didn’t need to use extended CGI battles and epic fight scenes and that’s what made it so special. It was a departure from other superhero or villain films that rely on special effects to draw a crowd and that is what brings me to my second point as to what makes Joker better than Captain Marvel.
Joker is grounded in reality. Joker doesn’t reference any other superheroes with the exception of young Bruce Wayne, because it’s a film that attempts to tell a story about a mentally ill man that has been ignored, abused and disregarded by society and critics have been taken aback by the results. Many liberal critics are triggered by the fact that director Todd Phillips is shedding a light on a white male character that becomes a supervillain and ends up killing many people in the future. In fact, it’s so stirring for moviegoers that people have claimed it would incite violence or more mass shootings…and it didn’t. With that logic you could say the same thing about Tom Hardy’s Venom or Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, but I won’t get into that.
Anyway, when you compare the plausibility–and that’s what Joker’s consensus says. Plausibility.–when you compare it to that of Captain Marvel, you realize that Captain Marvel by comparison is a fairy tale compared to the Joker because in reality you don’t get powers from a plane crash, you don’t have women fall out of the sky get chased by aliens and later on in the film blast an entire spaceship armada effortlessly. It….does….not….happen.
The Joker however is more plausible. It addresses the fact that there are people with mental illness, which is a real thing. It addresses neighborhood poverty, which is a real thing. It addresses the poor protesting the rich, which is a real thing and it addresses people inciting violence which is a real thing.
Had Todd Phillips taken a different direction to the origin story, like the Joker falling in a vat of acid, we would be having a very différent conversation because it would be a lot less plausible. In Detective Comics #168 in 1951, and revised in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989, where the Joker, before he became the joker, fell into a vat of acid after a scuffle with Batman, giving him a white complexion, red scarred lips, green hair and a frightening cackle and that explanation is so lazy. It doesn’t cut deep within the motivations of why this character is the way he is.
Captain Marvel’s origin is just as implausible, except with aliens, spaceships and devices that allow you to look inside a person’s mind. I’m actually hoping that there isn’t a sequel to the Joker because if there’s a sequel and/or cinematic universe based on this one movie, Joker would lose its uniqueness and end up being lost in a slew of movies that are only being made to make money, because the best things in life must always come to an end….you know what I’m talking about Star Wars.
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