Sam Mendes’ tribute to Trini grandfather at Golden Globes

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Sam Mendes has won best director at the 2020 Golden Globes for “1917” and he used the win to pay tribute to his Trinidadian grandfather, Alfred Hubert Mendes.

During his speech, Mendes said his grandfather, a WWI veteran, inspired the film:

“I’d like to dedicate this to my grandfather. He signed up for the first world war, he was age 17. And I hope he’s looking down on us. And I fervently hope it never, ever happens again. Thank you very much.”

Mendes beat out fellow nominees Bong Joon-Ho(“Parasite”), Todd Phillips(“Joker”), Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”).

This is his second Golden Globe for best director – he previously won in 1999 for “American Beauty”.

“1917” also picked up the award for Best Motion Picture -Drama.

Mendes was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama.