Gone are the days of a laid back and relaxed Aussie Summer, the reality of our warmer season now is an endurance of long dry days, hypervigilance and dire concern as year after year we watch in despair as our country turns to ash. And I am well aware that our climate makes us more susceptible to bushfire, but the frequency, ferocity and duration of this year's blazes has been unprecedented. Nowhere in Australia is safe from the threat of fire anymore and when you already live in a high fire risk area as I do, you can't help but be very, very concerned.
Many of the actors that took to the stage on Monday extended their thoughts and solidarity towards Australia during our country's fire crisis, but goodwill and thoughts, although kind, aren't exactly going to extinguish the roaring blazes or save family homes. So, what can anyone really do to help? At this point in the crisis what we really need is more money, money to replace homes and support devastated communities to get back onto their feet and to help care for injured wildlife and fund koala hospitals. These donations can be made through The Red Cross, the CFA, Wildlife Victoria and also directly to The Victorian Bushfire Appeal, all of whom can easily be reached online if you feel compelled to offer financial support.
In the long run however, it is up to us as a nation to not only be stronger in our fire awareness and prevention but to be far more mindful about where we place our votes for our country's leadership in the future. Without a leader in this country that is willing to make serious and realistic moves towards our climate change issues nothing is going to improve. Australia desperately needs a national climate and energy policy review, and most of all a leader that is willing to undertake that work. That is never going to happen if we don't make it happen, so please, I implore you to not waste your next vote but to thoughtfully consider what the future of our country will look like for our children and children's children and to have that at the forefront of your thinking when you vote next. Come on Australia - we can make big changes for the better by just casting our vote to where it is needed.
But enough about politics, let's lighten the mood and announce the Golden Globe recipients for 2020 - a most worthy and deserving bunch for sure:
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Foreign-Language Motion Picture
Best Limited Series or TV Movie
Best Television Series — Drama
Best Comedy Series
Best Motion Picture — Animated
Best Director — Motion Picture
Sam Mendes, 1917
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Best Score for a Motion Picture
Hildur Gudnadottir for Joker
Best Original Song
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series
Brian Cox, Succession
Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Release Date: 2019
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 137 mins
Written, directed and produced by Noah Baumbach, this movie feels so deeply personal and realistic that it is impossible not to be moved by its content. Probably one of the most affecting films of 2019, Marriage Story received several accolades and critical acclaim not just for it relatability but also for the incredible and believable performances delivered by the strong cast, in particular Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern who won a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role of Nora Fanshaw, a hard hitting divorce lawyer.
Charlie Barber, a successful theatre director and his wife Nicole, a former teen film actress are experiencing marriage difficulties. After counselling fails to strengthen their failing bond; a difficult, emotional and long distance divorce ensues.
Driver and Johansson are at their best here, it honestly feels like you are a 'fly on the wall' watching a very painful break-up and I was completely entranced. The issues raised in Marriage Story are genuine issues in many long term relationships, which is what makes this film all the more heartbreaking as you watch something that was once so perfect become something so splintered and tragic.
FINAL SAY: Getting divorced with a kid is one of the hardest things to do. It's like a death without a body.
4.5 Chilli Peppers