Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 takes home the award for Best Motion Picture –Drama at the 77th Golden Globe Awards beating superhits and critically acclaimed films like Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix starrer Todd Phillips Joker and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman!
Mendes accepted the award and during his acceptance speech said, “This is a huge, huge thing for this movie. It opens in a week wide. It’s difficult to make movies without big movie stars in the leads and get people to come and see it in a cinema, and I really hope this means people will turn up and see it on the big screen, for which it was intended.”
Even though Scorsese’s film The Irishman did not win the award, Mendes while accepting directing honour earlier that night Mendes said, “There’s not one director in the world who is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese,” and while being interviewed backstage after his big win speaking about the future of theatrical films, he said, “I think it’s in the hand of the filmmakers more than anything else, to make movies that audiences feel like they need to see on a big screen or else they’re missing out.” He added, “I don’t think I would’ve been that disappointed if the way we had gone was to be a two-week theatrical release and then go on TV screens.”