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The cast and crew of 1917 at the 91联盟彩票开户en Globes.
The cast and crew of 1917 at the 91联盟彩票开户en Globes.By Michael Kovac/Getty Images.

The shock wave felt at the end of Sunday night’s 91联盟彩票开户en Globe ceremony was from minds being blown over 1917’s surprise win for best drama. No one was more shocked than the makers of the World War I film themselves, and in the aftermath is a starkly different dynamic going into the Oscar race.

After filmmaker Sam Mendes claimed best director, eyebrows began to go up. Then when Sandra Bullock opened the final envelope and announced the movie had seized the top prize, euphoria overtook the cast and crew. So much of the awards-season punditry has focused on Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood having a showdown with The Irishman, that many of the nominees had begun to buy into that too.

That narrative appeared to be playing out as expected when Quentin Tarantino won best screenplay for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and the movie collected the comedy-musical film prize. Then came the twist. “I feel like my team won sports!” the jubilant 1917 screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns told Vanity Fair at the Universal Pictures after-party. “I feel like I won the Stanley Cup. I love ice hockey, so I can do some91联盟彩票开户 sports talk. It just felt like,” she grinned, “Game 7.”

It’s actually a little more like Game 1, with the Academy Awards as the final showdown. Oscar-nominee voting closes tomorrow and the contenders will be announced on January 13, with the ceremony set for February 9. Although there is zero crossover between the roughly 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Globes, and the thousands of filmmaking professionals who cast ballots at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the timing and spectacle of the Globes win gives 1917 an undeniably powerful push going into the final rounds.

The victory is especially significant given that 1917 is playing in only a handful of theaters at the moment, and will open nationally this week. The Globes were a shot of adrenaline—and joy—for the Universal Pictures team, which has recently suffered the indignity of the merciless critical drubbing and box office fiasco of Cats.91联盟彩票开户 They were giddy to have something positive strike unexpectedly.

Mendes swept into the Jean-Georges restaurant next to the Beverly Hilton after a victory tour of photo studios and pressrooms, flanked by actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman,91联盟彩票开户 who played the young soldiers tasked with delivering a message that could stop 1,600 fellow soldiers from walking into a deadly trap.

They were immediately mobbed by studio supporters who cheered and applauded as Mendes clutched his trophies. After rounds of hugs and handshakes, the filmmaker collapsed in a booth with an exhausted smile. On the table in front of him stood a row of three golden trophies—the one he claimed for director, and the two for best drama, one his, the other belonging to producer Pippa Harris.

The film 1917 may be benefiting from its freshness after so much lobbying from studios in the battle between Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and The Irishman. Audiences are just now discovering it, and industry voters haven’t been oversold or weary of marketing strong-arming from the movie. What was the magic touch that won over the voters of HFPA? A campaign strategist who worked on 1917 laughed and shook his head. “We just showed them the film,91联盟彩票开户” he said, throwing his hands up.

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There may be broader significance to 191791联盟彩票开户’s victories. At a time when the glamour of the evening was overshadowed by hotheaded provocation between the United States presidency and Iran, an anti-war story was capturing a moment of global attention.

“I’d like to dedicate this to my grandfather, Alfred Hubert Mendes, who inspired this film,” Mendes said onstage after the best drama win. “He signed up for the First World War. He was age 17. I hope he’s looking down on us, and I fervently hope it never ever happens again.”

91联盟彩票开户At the after-party, Wilson-Cairns said she hoped that the message would continue to resonate. “It was no accident that Sam and I wrote a film where the thrust of it is to stop a battle. We never wanted to glorify war,” she said. “I think it’s the closest humanity comes to, well, losing all humanity. It was our intention to tell a story about what those men went through, and also share a warning from history.”

Despite the heaviness of that theme, there was time for joy in the Globes win. “So the film’s announced. You leap up because you’re very exited, then you rush to the stage. Pippa Harris had told me before, ‘Go onstage if the film wins!’” Wilson-Cairns said. “Then you’re up onstage, which is very surreal. Sandra Bullock is there, which is mad. And my big regret is I didn’t hug Sandra Bullock.” She scrunched her mouth. “I don’t know how I’m going to live with that.”

From there, the night became a whirlwind involving all the other winners of the night. “You’re whisked from one place to another, and people take pictures of you,” the screenwriter said. “Every so often, Taron Egerton is off to the side of your peripheral vision. I was briefly walking along a kitchen corridor with the entire cast of Succession. I was like, this isn’t a normal Sunday. Is it still Sunday?”

91联盟彩票开户It was. And there was more to come. “I have no idea. It’s my first movie! I’m going to go to several more parties. Hopefully see a few friends and have a nice time with George and Dean and Sam and Pippa,” Wilson-Cairns said. “I’m going to try to hug Sandra Bullock. I’m going to try so hard.”

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