“1917,” “ONCE UPON A TIME …IN HOLLYWOOD” WIN GOLDEN GLOBES
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The Golden Globe for drama best picture goes to “1917.” áThe epic about a World War I mission from director Sam Mendes that was filmed to look like a single continuous shot took home the biggest trophy of the night Sunday, beating out fellow nominees “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,” “Joker” and “The Two Popes.” It beat only other drama films, however, as the Golden Globes unlike the Oscars, has a separate category for best musical or comedy film. Mendes won the best director honor earlier Sunday.áRenee Zellwegger won the Golden Globe for best actress in a film drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in “Judy.” Joaquin Phoenix took the Globe for best actor for playing mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck as he becomes the fabled title super-villain in director Todd Phillips “Joker.”
RUSSELL CROWE, PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE WIN GOLDEN GLOBES FOR TV
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Russell Crowe won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Fox News Channel architect Roger Ailes in “The Loudest Voice.” Crowe missed the ceremony Sunday but drew Australia’s disastrous wildfires into it from thousands of miles away. Presenter Jennifer Aniston says Crowe was kept from attending because he’s protecting his family from the fires. Aniston read a statement from Crowe that called for action against climate change that he says was behind the tragedy in Australia. Other Golden Globe winners include “Fleabag,” its star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the nuclear disaster drama “Chernobyl” and the series “Succession.” Brian Cox won a best actor trophy for “Succession.”
GLOBES SPECIAL AWARD: DEGENERES THANKS ‘POWER OF TELEVISION’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Ellen DeGeneres turned her Golden Globe Award speech into a very personal stand-up routine, gently mocking traditional award show speeches and ultimately thanking “the power of television.” The pioneering sitcom star and TV talk-show host was handed the Globes’ new TV special achievement trophyáSunday, joking she was relieved she didn’t have to worry. “I knew I was going to win,”áshe said. DeGeneresásays she feels good when she is able to make viewers feel good and laugh. DeGeneresásaid she feels even better when viewers are inspired to do the same thing in their own lives.
WITH LAUGHS AND TEARS, HANKS ACCEPTS GLOBES’ DEMILLE HONOR
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Tom Hanks says he was “blessed” to stand in front of his family while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 77th Golden Globes. He went straight from laughs to tears after Charlize Theron presented the award to him in the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. A video clip package began with his guest-starring role in 1980s television series “The Love Boat.” He ended up becoming one of Hollywood’s beloved actors through an array of likable roles, from “Big” to “Forrest Gump.”
RICKY GERVAIS MOCKS HOLLYWOOD WITH EXPLICIT JOKES AT GLOBES
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Ricky Gervais kicked off the Golden Globes by telling the audience his fifth time hosting would be his last, then proceeded to deliver an expletive-laced skewering of Hollywood’s elites.áTrue to his reputation, Gervais opened the show on Sunday with a mix of evisceration and exasperation, pretending to confuse Joe Pesci for Baby Yoda, calling the Hollywood Foreign Press Association racist and declaring Netflix’s takeover of Hollywood. The comedian was bleeped multiple times as well.
WELL-WISHES TO AUSTRALIA SENT FROM GOLDEN GLOBE STAGE
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Australian communities battling wildfires have received several messages of support at the Golden Globes. Ellen DeGeneres, Patricia Arquette and Australian-native Cate Blanchett were among those sending their best wishes. Russell Crowe couldn’t be there because he was helping fight the flames. DeGeneres took time at the top of her speech accepting the Carol Burnett Award to honor those fighting the flames. Arquette mourned “the continent of Australia on fire.”áCrowe and Blanchettáboth say climate change is to blame for the fires that so far have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.
WEINSTEIN’S RECKONING: TRIAL LOOMS 2 YEARS AFTER (hash)METOO WAVE
NEW YORK (AP) – More than two years after a wave of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein ushered in the (hash)MeToo movement, the disgraced movie mogul faces another reckoning: a criminal trial that could him put him behind bars for the rest of his life. Jury selection is scheduled to start this week in New York City in a case involving allegations that Weinstein raped one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. It is the only criminal case to arise from dozens of allegations against the Oscar-winning film producer. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and maintains any sexual activity was consensual.
MCGOWAN AND ARQUETTE REFLECT AS WEINSTEIN TRIAL APPROACHES
NEW YORK (AP) – Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette are among the more prominent women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Now the two actresses are gearing up for the fallen mogul’s criminal sex assault trial, which is scheduled to begin today. McGowan has accused Weinstein of rape, which he denies. She says she won’t be in the courtroom because the pain would be too great. But Arquette plans to be there to support Weinstein’s accusers. Arquette had accused Weinstein of derailing her career after she spurned his advances. Weinstein has denied allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
ROSE MCGOWAN DEFENDS TWEET APOLOGIZING TO IRAN AFTER STRIKE
NEW YORK (AP) – Actress Rose McGowan says her tweet that apologized on behalf of the U.S. to Iran for “disrespecting their flag and people” wasn’t anti-American. Her tweet Friday came after a U.S. airstrike killed Iran’s top general and has been widely criticized. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, McGowan acknowledged her tweet might seem unusual. She added that she doesn’t believe the governments of either Iran or the U.S. The 46-year-old McGowan is known for her role in the “Scream” movie franchise. She was one of the earliest of dozens of women to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has denied accusations of non-consensual sex.
CAMERON DIAZ AND BENJI MADDEN ANNOUNCE BIRTH OF A DAUGHTER
Cameron Diaz is starting the new decade with a very important role: mommy. The actress and her musician husband, Benji Madden, on Friday announced the birth of a daughter they’ve named Raddix. But don’t expect a photo of the infant. Diaz wrote that while she and Madden “are overjoyed to share this news” they “also feel a strong instinct to protect our little one’s privacy.” The Instagram post announcing the birth had no image attached and said the couple won’t be posting pictures or sharing more details. Diaz married the Good Charlotte band member in early 2015.
BILL O’REILLY GUEST SPOT ON TV SHOW NOT A PART OF DISCOVERY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Discovery Channel says a television show featuring Bill O’Reilly is not an official program on their network, after receiving backlash for the former Fox News host’s appearance on the show amid sexual harassment allegations against him. A Discovery Channel spokesman told The Associated Press that the one-hour episode of “Pet Tales with Greta” appeared on the cable network through paid advertisement Saturday morning. The show is hosted and co-executive produced by Greta Van Susteren, a cable news veteran and former Fox News anchor. The cable channel would not say who paid for the episode but said there are no plans for another one to appear on the network at this time.
2020 BOX OFFICE STARTS OFF WITH ‘STAR WARS’ STILL ON TOP
NEW YORK (AP) – “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” is still on top of the box office in 2020. According to studio estimates Sunday, “Rise of Skywalker” again led the box office with $33.7 million over its third weekend. While it appears unlikely to match the hauls of the trilogy’s previous entries, “Rise of Skywalker” is closing in on $1 billion worldwide. “Frozen 2” on Sunday reached $1.33 billion, making it the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman in worldwide ticket sales. The week’s only new release was “The Grudge,” a horror reboot of the 2004 remake. It opened with $11.3 million.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AIMS FOR MORE MOVIE CRITIC DIVERSITY
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative’s second year.áThe Salt Lake Tribune reports that 51 journalists were selected this year out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program. More than 80% are minority journalists. Most of the chosen writers are women. About half are LGBTQ and a quarter are people with disabilities. Sundance officials created the Press Inclusion Program in 2018 after a study found two-thirds of movie critics were white men. The festival runs Jan. 23-Feb. 2.