“1917” delivered quite the surprise at the 2020 Golden Globes.

The World War I film won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director at Sunday’s ceremony. The film was up against stiff competition like “Joker” (Todd Phillips), “The Irishman” (Martin Scorcese) and “Marriage Story” (Noah Baumbach).

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The film just hit theatres on Christmas Day and Director Sam Mendes said in his acceptance speech that he hoped the award recognition would drive more attention to the film’s theatrical run.

He noted how stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman do not have the star power of some of the other nominated films.

Mendes previously won Best Director at the 2000 Golden Globes for his work on “American Beauty” and was nominated in 2009 for “Revolutionary Road”.

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“Goodness, me. That is a big surprise. Thank you very much,” Mendes said when accepting Best Director. “There’s not one director in this room, not one director in the world, that is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese,” he added. “I just have to say that.”

“1917” premiered in North America to positive reviews. It features Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch in supporting roles.