Golden Globes 2020: Once Upon A Time Wins Big, Hanks Give Emotional Speech

Written by: Rachel Goodman – January 7th, 2020 2:44pm PT

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Tom Hanks has checked the film gate, the gate is good, and perhaps this includes a comedy routine from Ricky Gervais which cuts a little too close to home.

The 77th Golden Globes started with a bang when Gervais ripped into Hollywood and delivered what many are calling his “truth” speech. Gervais touched on many hot topics throughout 2019, including calling Martin Scorsese out on his comments comparing Marvel to a theme park.

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Gervais, who has hosted the Golden Globes five times, joked he simply didn’t care about crossing the line—he didn’t plan on hosting again. This garnered a lot of laughter from the audience.

He ended his monologue by warning recipients not to get political in their acceptance speeches. 

“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Gervais said. “You know nothing about the real world.”

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Hanks, who was honored with the 2020 Cecille B. deMille, didn’t seem to be having any of Gervais’s jokes. Hanks made a facial reaction to Gervais which is now circulating the depths of the internet, and we’re all loving it. 

When Hanks stepped up to give his speech, his delivery had the exact opposite effect of a Gervais comedy routine. Hanks thanked his family, and he immediately had to stop. 

“A man is,” Hanks started to say and then choked up. “Sorry. A man is blessed, a man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that.”

Hanks continued by thanking all the other people he’d worked with and ending on an anecdote of the greatest lesson he’d ever received from the director of his first professional job in 1977—show up, do your job, know your lines, and have a headful of ideas.

“First of all, the headful of ideas,” Hanks said, “Bring anything. Try anything. They might not use it. If it stinks, they won’t use it.” Hanks then joked with Martin Scorses about seeing the outtakes of “that” movie, implying The Irishman.

Hanks ended his speech by discussing Cecille B. DeMille’s film gate—that is, the saying that in film you can’t move onto the next scene until the gate was good. He explained the story of DeMille ensuring there was no speck of dust inside of the gate holding the film, and how DeMille would yell cut after each shot and ask for people to “check the gate.”

Hanks empathically explained at the end of his speech that he’d checked the gate—referring to all the hard workers in Hollywood—and the gate was good.

Hanks wasn’t the only actor bringing words of wisdom to their speech.

Michelle Williams delivered a heartfelt talk about a woman’s right to choose after she won for best actress for Limited Series or Motion Pictures Made for Television.

“As women, and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not by choice,” Williams said, “I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making. Not just a series of events that happened to me but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over. Sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise. But one that I had carved with my own hand. And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose.”

The crowd applauded her for this, and it was quite clear the impact her words had on all the people sitting in the audience, especially the women who have also had to struggle with this.

Some major win highlights of the night include: 

  • 1917 for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
  • Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his performance in Joker.
  • Awkwafina (The Farewell) won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood received Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture (Brad Pitt), and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
  • Fleabag – winner of Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
  • Parasite for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
  • Laura Dern (Marriage Story) won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Now, we wait until February 9th 2020 for the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony.

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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