The 2020 Golden Globe Awards aired Sunday, January 5 on NBC in a ceremony hosted once again by Ricky Gervais. As usual, we’re still picking our jaws up off the floor over several of the night’s shocking TV winners, as determined by the quirky Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Below, check out our minute-by-minute live blog of all 11 Golden Globe television races including what we thought of the drama, comedy and limited series champs. Did you have the same “OMG! WTF?” reactions as we did?
Heading into the ceremony, HBO was predicted to dominate with six wins including “Succession” for Best Drama Series and lead actor (Brian Cox), and “Chernobyl” for Best Limited Series and lead actor (Jared Harris). Next in line with three predicted victories was Amazon, all thanks to “Fleabag.” The second (and likely final) season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s TV juggernaut was expected to go three-for-three for Best Comedy Series, lead actress (Waller-Bridge) and supporting actor (Andrew Scott).
Joining “Succession” in the drama series lineup is “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown,” “Killing Eve” and “The Morning Show.” The comedy series race is filled out by “Fleabag” co-nominees “Barry,” “The Kominsky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Politician.” In addition to “Chernobyl,” the other nominated limited series/TV movies are “Catch-22,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “The Loudest Voice” and “Unbelievable.”
As a refresher, last year’s Golden Globe series prizes went to drama “The Americans,” comedy “The Kominsky Method” and miniseries “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Amazingly, only three of the 11 TV winners won corresponding Emmy Awards: Ben Whishaw for “A Very English Scandal” and “Versace” for limited series and lead actor Darren Criss. Will this year’s Golden Globes prove to be more of an Emmy bellwether?
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8:00 p.m. — Here! We! Go! Gervais is back as the Golden Globes’ host with the most for the fifth time after previously emceeing the 2010-12 and ’16 ceremonies. This year’s monologue jokes include: calling “The Two Popes” a “pedophile movie,” Joe Pesci looking like Baby Yoda, Martin Scorsese being too short to go on theme park rides, Leonardo DiCaprio dating younger women, “Cats” being a box office bomb and Apple running “sweat shots in China.”
8:09 p.m. — Presenting the first award of the evening are Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. After a cute “Good morning” joke (because they’re on “The Morning Show,” get it?) they announce the winner of Best TV Comedy Actor. Ramy Youssef wins and the majority of the crowd looks around going, who’s Ramy Youssef? He thanks “God and Hulu” at the podium and then confesses he was aware no one in the crowd had “seen his show.” The other nominees were Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), Bill Hader (“Barry”), Ben Platt (“The Politician”) and Paul Rudd (“Living With Yourself”).
8:11 p.m. — Witherspoon and Aniston are back to present Best TV Limited Series Actor. The winner is … Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)! Since Russell is at home in Australia protecting his family from the devastating fires, he was allowed to submit his acceptance speech in advance, which Aniston nervously reads aloud. Fingers crossed Russell gets another shot at giving a speech live at the Emmy Awards. The other nominees were Chris Abbott (“Catch 22”), Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”), Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”) and Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”).
8:20 p.m. — Matt Bomer and Sofia Vergara are up next to present Best TV Supporting Actor. And the Golden Globe goes to … Stellan Skarsgard (“Chernobyl”)! “I was so sure that I shouldn’t win so I already thanked everybody,” the legendary actor jokes at the podium. Fun fact: Skarsgard’s son Alexander won this same category for “Big Little Lies” two years ago. Like son, like father. The other nominees were Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”), Kieran Culkin (“Succession”), Henry Winkler (“Barry”) and Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”).
8:22 p.m. — Best Drama Series is up next, also presented by Bomer and Vergara. Wait, isn’t this a bit early in the evening to hand out such a big category? Anyway, the winner is HBO’s “Succession.” It now joins three other HBO shows to win Best Drama Series at the Golden Globes: “The Sopranos” (1999), “Six Feet Under” (2001) and “Boardwalk Empire” (2010). This year’s other nominees were “The Morning Show,” “The Crown,” “Big Little Lies” and “Killing Eve.”
8:32 p.m. — Ted Danson and Kerry Washington come out to present Best TV Comedy Actress. And the winner is … Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)! She recently dominated the Emmys for her breakthrough Amazon comedy series, which has no plans of returning for a third season. At the podium she thanks co-star Andrew Scott, who she says can have “chemistry with a pebble.” The other nominees were Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”), Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”) and Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”).
9:01 p.m. — Tim Allen and Lauren Graham are here to present Best TV Drama Actor. The Golden Globe goes to … Brian Cox (“Succession”)! Believe it or not, this is Brian’s very first Golden Globe, which explains why he’s a “wee bit shocked” to be standing at the podium right now. This totally makes up for his Emmy snub last year. The other nominees were Billy Porter (“Pose”), Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”), Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).
9:20 p.m. — Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas step out now to reward the year’s Best Comedy Series. No surprise here, it’s Amazon’s “Fleabag”! As a producer, Waller-Bridge accepts this prize for her group of creators. She thanks President Barack Obama for putting “Fleabag” on his best-of list, joking that he’s always been on her list. The other nominees were “The Politician,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Barry” and “The Kominsky Method.”
9:36 p.m. — Jason Momoa and Zoe Kravitz come out to name the winner of Best TV Supporting Actress. It’s Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)! She gets political in her speech, mentioning the country is on “the brink of war” and Australia being “on fire,” then begs that we give our kids “a better world.” The other nominees were Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”), Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”), Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”) and Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”).
9:39 p.m. — Momoa and Kravitz also name the winner of Best TV Drama Actress. Congrats to Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)! She notes at the podium that she feels as though she just “won someone else’s award.” Inexplicably, she forgets to mention “The Crown” at all, but instead gives a shout-out to “Fleabag” winning earlier. The other nominees were Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”), Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) and Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”).
10:10 p.m. — Tiffany Haddish and Salma Hayek are the presenters of Best Limited Series Actor. And the winner is … Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)! “As women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice,” she says in her speech about the importance of a woman’s right to choose. The other nominees were Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”), Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”), Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”) and Joey King (“The Act”).
10:14 p.m. — For the final TV award of the night, Haddish and Hayek present Best Limited Series to … “Chernobyl”! Series star Jared Harris accepts the trophy, dedicating it to the “sacrifice” the heroic survivors made to ensure that the nuclear meltdown didn’t kill as many people as it could have. The other nominees were “Unbelievable,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Catch-22” and “The Loudest Voice.”