Golden Globes 2020: Did Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Deserve the Honour?
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Golden Globes 2020: Did Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Deserve the Honour?

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Quentin Tarantino’s cinema. They have invented a brutal bloodied  toxic language of expression which suits today’s restless movie audiences. But Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was just not vintage Tarantino. It  was  a rambling aimless unanchored work cruising Beverly Hills in 1969 when Sharon Tate  was brutally murdered.

In  Tarantino’s film Ms Tate  doesn’t die. As  played by Margot Robbie (so wonderful in  the new Bombshell) she barely lives. Most of the  meandering drama  is about  a falling superstar Leonardo DiCaprio and his  body-double Brad Pitt. Their camaraderie is  pitiably low on  true feelings and alarmingly high on repetitive situations.

Just how this 2 hours 40 of narcissistic peek-a-boo qualifies as ‘Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy’ is beyond my range of  comprehension. To me, there was nothing particularly funny or musical about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Unless I missed something when I  blinked. And to award  Brad Pitt  for  Best Supporting  Actor in a category top lined by Al Pacino  and Joe Pesci! It’s like honouring the  film Beimaan  at  the Filmfare awards during the  year  of  Pakeezah. This did  happen. Pakeezah  received no awards. The  aptly named Beimaan walked away with every major award.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast at Golden Globes 2020

The Golden Globes did get it right with Sam Mendes anti-war drama 1917 which won the Best  Film  in the ‘Drama’ category. And how  wonderful Renee Zellwegger was as the legendary Judy Garland in Judy. As  for the Best Actor in  the  ‘Drama’ category , if not Joaquin Phoenix  in Joker then who? Ripping aside all  misgiving and sardonic readings of  the recluse verging on a complete psychological collapse, Joaquin’s performance will be talked about for many years to come.

The thing about Joaquin is, he doesn’t care  about awards  or breathing fresh air. If he spent more than a year starving himself to look like the  skeletal psychotic Arthur Fleck, he knows he  did no one  a favour. Even Ranveer Singh  or  Varun Dhawan would do  the same. The crux and quality of a performance is judged not by the  preparation but by how much the actor is able to bring to the screen. And Joaquin has brought a helluva  lot to the screen, making his  character so  tangibly desolate  it is like entering an echo chamber with no  exits.

So yeah,  an Oscar too for Joaquin please?   But  please let’s honour 2019’s finest Marriage Story, The Irishman and 1917. They deserve to be put up there. Once Upon A  Time In Hollywood is perhaps not the kind of cinema that deserves the honor it received.

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