Golden Globes: Sam Mendes Wins Best Director for '1917'

The filmmaker beat out Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho.

Sam Mendes took home the award for best director for 1917 at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. 

Taking the stage, he referenced one of his fellow nominees: "There's not one director in the world who is not in the shadow of Martin Scorsese, I just had to say that."

Mendes went on to thank the pic's producers and everyone at Universal and Amblin. "An incredible cast and crew," continued the director, adding that he could not have made 1917 without "the great" Roger Deakins. 

Concluding his short acceptance speech, Mendes dedicated the award to his grandfather. It was his second Globe win and third nomination. 

The filmmaker beat out fellow nominees Bong Joon Ho for Parasite, Todd Phillips for Joker, Scorsese for The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Backstage in the press room, Mendes was asked about Steven Spielberg's role in the film. "It couldn’t have been made without Amblin or Universal," said Mendes. "First time I met him [Spielberg], 33 years old, never made a movie, treated me as equal and he’s treated me as an equal ever since…  "

Talking about the future of theatrical entertainment, Mendes said, "I am optimistic, but I think it’s in the hands 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 continued to add, "... guaranteed theatrical release [is] no longer the case, but millions of people can see [content] on their TV screens … 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."

The 77th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC.