A Golden Start to 2020

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Just five days after ringing in the New Year, the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards took place in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 5. This was a memorable event where all of Hollywood’s finest gathered together to be recognized for their monumental accomplishments in the film industry. The awards and achievements of the celebrities were unforgettable, and stars that strutted the red carpet dressed in high-fashion, designer pieces kept heads turning all night long.

Some of the most influential actors and actresses of the year made their way into the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel on Jan 5. to receive awards for their accomplishments in TV and film in 2019. One of the most popular movies of the year that was nominated for “Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy” was “Knives Out.” According to Creative Director Brooke Dant, the film had one of the most jaw-dropping casts of the year, and the plot was thrilling yet lively and humorous. Dant said, “‘Knives Out’ was one of my favorite movies of the year because the cast was amazing, the plot was unpredictable, and it really kept me on my toes.”

Comic book fan or not, another movie that had everyone raving at the Golden Globes was “Joker.” High school Faculty Fellow Brooks Hanrahan pointed out how “famously unpredictable” the Golden Globes are. Every award show comes with many unexpected recipients, but because of the outstanding performance by Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker,” no one was shocked to see him on stage when he received the “Best Actor in Drama Film” award. “Joker” was one of the most celebrated films of the year and grossed at an astounding $1.056 billion, placing it in third of all-time for the DC Comics brand. Another movie that was Hanrahan’s favorite of the year was “Parasite,” a South Korean film that is “making a splash” and “generating a lot of excitement in the United States.” Hanrahan said, “It’s an effective mix of an exciting, pulse-spiking story with smart, nuanced social commentary. It won ‘Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language’ at the Golden Globes.”

Some film fans like long, plot driven movies, but others like senior Bryn Alecxih prefer a good TV show that keeps the audience wanting more at the turn of each episode. Alecxih loves the show “Big Little Lies,” and it was nominated for three awards, one being “Best TV Drama.” Alecxih said, “I love it because of the cast—Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern. They are each so talented and I binged watched this show.”

Another film that was highly acclaimed in 2019 was “Little Women,” a personal favorite of junior Constance Harris last year. Saoirse Ronan, Irish American actress, was nominated for “Best Actress: Motion Picture” after her show-stopping performance in “Little Women.” Harris raved about Ronan’s work in “Little Women” by calling her “a phenomenal actress.” The movies shown on the silver screen in 2019 were truly unbeatable, as there were many deserving award recipients recognized at the Golden Globes.

Each star paraded the red carpet in their own electrifying style, but there is always one star at every awards show that is clearly the “Best Dressed.” With many dazzling dresses to choose from, Alecxih most appreciated the jaw-dropping, off-the-shoulder black Zuhair Murah gown worn by Annabelle Wallis at the 2020 Golden Globes. Alecxih admired how simple and classy the gown was, allowing Wallis’ natural beauty to shine through. The outfit was also complemented by gorgeous jewelry. Another striking dress was modeled by Renée Zellweger. The dress was a strapless, baby blue Armani Privé piece. Alecxih said, “These dresses didn’t stand out like the ones worn by Jennifer Lopez or Nicole Kidman, but sometimes less is more. Zellweger’s dress was classic, very elegant and brought the right amount of attention.”

Harris preferred something that stood out from the traditional flattering, strapless gown.. Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s magenta ruffle, bow-inspired dress was Harris’ favorite of the night because “her dress was so different from everyone else’s, and the color was so vibrant. I’ve never seen anyone wear that color before.” Randolph deserted the light, dainty and stereotypical red carpet dress and decided to go for something bigger, making a bold statement and let Hollywood know that she was there to stay.

Dant elatedly acknowledged one of a kind bright yellow Fendi jumpsuit worn by Zoey Deutch. Dant liked that she went for something daring and bright with puffy sleeves to mark her spot on the red carpet. Dant also acknowledged that she loved the black velvet Tom Ford suit sported confidently on the red carpet by actor Tom Hanks. At age 63, Hanks has been a large asset in the film industry for many years, however his taste in style has not aged. Dant said, “I like it when older guys can keep up with today’s fashion.”

Some viewers were most fond of the red carpet appeal, while others appreciated the awards themselves. Regardless, it is undeniably true that the 77th annual Golden Globes were widely watched and enjoyed. People all around the country look forward to the charm of awards shows each year, and the Golden Globe Awards are one of the most highly anticipated of them all. Whether it be the jaw-dropping outfits modeled by some of Hollywood’s most preeminent celebrities or the impressive awards triumphed by actors, actresses, directors and producers, the 2020 Golden Globes were nothing short of success. Until next year, grab some popcorn, hit the lights and watch all the movies possible in awaiting the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2021.

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