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This image released by NBC shows filmmaker Sam Mendes accepting the award for best motion picture drama for "1917" at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.Paul Drinkwater/The Associated Press

World War One movie 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, set in 1960s Tinseltown, won the top movie prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday on a night packed with upsets.

1917 was named best drama, beating presumed front-runners The Irishman and Marriage Story, both from Netflix, while the nostalgic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from Sony Pictures won for best comedy or musical, as well as two other statuettes.

British director Sam Mendes was named best director for his immersive “1917” from Universal Pictures, a dark horse with no big names that arrived in U.S. movie theatres only 10 days ago.

“That is a big surprise,” said a stunned Mendes. “I really hope this means people will turn up and see it.”

Joaquin Phoenix, who played a terrifying Joker, and Renee Zellweger, who played Judy Garland in Judy took the drama movie actor honours. Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Awkwafina (The Farewell) were first-time acting winners in the comedy/musical field.

“We all know there is no ... competition between us,” Phoenix told his fellow nominees, praising their “beautiful, mesmerizing work.”

Tarantino took home the Golden Globe for the screenplay of his love letter to the industry, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Brad Pitt was a popular winner for playing a laid-back stunt double in the movie.

“I wanted to bring my mom,” quipped Pitt. “But any women I stand next to, they say I am dating.”

GERVAIS GETS WICKED

British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, hosting the awards ceremony for a fifth time, threw caution to the wind with expletives and jabs about the dominance of streaming platforms, diversity and Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandal, which drew mostly nervous laughter in the room of A-list celebrities.

Gervais noted that the room was packed with entertainment executives. “They are all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you,” he said, referring to the American journalist whose reports helped uncover the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood over the past two years.

Gervais was not the only celebrity at the boozy dinner to get political.

Michelle Williams, winning limited TV series actress for Fosse/Verdon, gave an impassioned speech about reproductive rights and encouraged women to vote.

She said she had built a career of her choosing and “wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose. To choose when to have my children and with whom.”

Others, including absent winner Russell Crowe, for television series The Loudest Voice, spoke of the devastating bushfires in Australia and the dangers of global warming.

Patricia Arquette, winning for limited TV series The Act, expressed fears over heightened tension in the Middle East following the U.S. killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.

In the television races, HBO’s media dynasty show Succession and Amazon Studio’s quirky British comedy Fleabag were the big winners.

British talent took multiple prizes. In addition to Mendes, they included Succession and Fleabag stars Brian Cox and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman for The Crown, Rocketman actor Taron Egerton, and music duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin for original song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.”

The full list of award winners:

BEST DRAMA

1917

BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Joaquin Phoenix - Joker

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Renee Zellweger - Judy

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Taron Egerton - Rocketman

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Awkwafina - The Farewell

BEST DIRECTOR

Sam Mendes - 1917

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laura Dern - Marriage Story

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Missing Link

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Parasite - South Korea

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” - Rocketman

BEST TV DRAMA SERIES

Succession - HBO

BEST TV COMEDY/MUSICAL SERIES

Fleabag - Amazon Studios

BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA

Brian Cox - Succession

BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA

Olivia Colman - The Crown

BEST ACTOR, TV COMEDY/MUSICAL

Ramy Youssef - Ramy

BEST ACTRESS, TV COMEDY/MUSICAL

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Chernobyl - HBO