Brits win big in the Golden Globes
The new year has been greeted with an auspicious start to the awards season as British productions triumphed in last night’s 77th Golden Globes.
Cream of the crop and winner of the best picture and best director awards was 1917, the already much lauded First World War film directed by the newly knighted Sir Sam Mendes.
The film follows two British soldiers in the trenches of Northern France ordered to go ‘over the top’ and pick their way across no man’s land and abandoned enemy trenches to reach a waiting British battalion and warn them to call off a planned attack.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. The men may well not survive but if they do it might prevent the near inevitable slaughter of 1,500 of their comrades. The production, widely praised for showing the madness of war from the soldiers’ perspective, has been shot in one extraordinary single take by cinematographer Roger Deakins.
For Mendes the project has been both a technical and psychological antidote to the production complexities and business and ego battles that it seems accompanied his Bond movies. Great stuff!n
Other big British winners were Rocketman including actor Taron Egerton being awarded for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in Rocketman.
While on the Tv front Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued to add to her extraordinary collection of awards with both best actress and best comedy for Fleabag
Meanwhile Olivia Colman won for her portrayal of the Queen in The Crown.