Drama “Nomadland” and satire “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” won movie honors at the Golden Globes on Sunday in a mostly virtual bicoastal ceremony that was marked by pandemic conditions and calls for more diversity.
Also read: Key winners at the 2021 Golden Globes
British royal drama “The Crown,” comedy “Schitt's Creek,” and limited-series chess saga “The Queen's Gambit” won the top awards in television.
Actors Emma Corrin, who played a young Princess Diana, Josh O'Connor, who played Prince Charles, and Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher, in the Netflix royal series were also winners.
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‘Nomadland' wins best drama film
“Nomadland,” a moving drama about van dwellers in recession-hit America from Searchlight Pictures, also took the best director prize for Chinese-born Chloe Zhao. It made Zhao only the second woman to win at the Globes in that category, and the first woman director of Asian descent to win.
Fellow nominees included “The Father,” “Mank,” “Promising Young Woman” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
‘Mank' missed the mark
Netflix period drama “Mank,” about the screenwriter of “Citizen Kane,” had gone into Sunday's show with a leading six nods but ended the night empty-handed.
Our reviewer wrote of it: “David Fincher's return to cinema six years after ‘Gone Girl' is everything you wouldn't expect in a David Fincher film and everything you would expect from David Fincher.”
Andra Day wins best drama actress Globe for ‘The US vs Billie Holiday'
Andra Day on Sunday took home the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama film for her portrayal of singing legend Billie Holiday in “The United States vs Billie Holiday.”
A shocked Day accepted her award and paid tribute to fellow nominees Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”), Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”), Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”).
Big win for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'
Mockumentary “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen, won the award for best movie musical or comedy at Sunday's Golden Globe awards.
The movie stars British comedian Cohen as a fictional journalist from Kazakhstan bearing a gift for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Historic win for ‘Nomandland' director Chloe Zhao
Chloé Zhao has become the second woman to win the Best Director award at the Golden Globes in the past 78 years. She won for the critically-acclaimed feature ‘Nomadland', touted as one of the major contenders for the upcoming award season.
Zhao, an Oscar frontrunner, is the first woman of Asian descent to win best director at the Globes and the first woman since Barbra Streisand won for “Yentl” in 1984. She bested fellow nominee Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), David Fincher (“Mank”), Regina king (“One Night in Miami”) and Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”).
Chadwick Boseman wins posthumous award
Chadwick Boseman awarded the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an ‘Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama' for his role in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”.
The “Black Panther” star died last August from cancer at the age of 43.
Boseman was nominated for his kinetic performance as a tragic young trumpet player opposite Davis in “Ma Rainey.”
Jane Fonda honored for lifetime achievement
American actor and activist Jane Fonda received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony, marking a career in film and television and at the forefront of social issues over some 60 years.
Fonda, 83, made an impassioned plea for diversity while accepting her award, saying storytelling was central to mutual human understanding.
“There is a story we have been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in our industry, a story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out,” said Fonda, who accepted her award dressed in a white pantsuit and long sparkling earrings.
“After all, art has always been not just in step with history, but has led the way,” she said. “So let's be leaders.” – Reuters
‘The Queen's Gambit' bags two key awards
Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of chess-drama ‘The Queen's Gambit', wins the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television.
Double joy for team of ‘The Queen's Gambit' as the series wins the Globe for Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Jodie Foster wins best supporting actress Globe for ‘The Mauritanian'
Jodie Foster has won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a film for her role in the real-life Guantanamo legal drama “The Mauritanian.”
She beat a crowded field that included Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”), Olivia Colman (“The Father”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Helena Zengel (“News of the World”).
Gillian Anderson, who portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Crown', wins the Globe for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role'.
‘The Crown' wins Best TV Series
Another crown for ‘The Crown' (sorry, not sorry). The British historical drama has won the ‘Best Television Series – Drama' at the 78th Golden Globes.
‘Minari' wins Golden Globe for best foreign language film
“Minari,” the critically acclaimed story of a Korean-American family that moves to a farm in rural Arkansas in the 1980s, has won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film.
It bested “Another Round” (Denmark), “La Llorona” (Guatemala, France), “The Life Ahead” (Italy) and “Two Of Us” (France, U.S.).
Josh O'Connor wins for ‘The Crown'
Josh O'Connor wins the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama' for his portrayal of Prince Charles.
“As Prince Charles, Josh O'Connor delivers the most eye-grabbing performance of the season, humanising the longest heir apparent in British history and the ex-husband of the enigmatic Princess Diana with such effortless ease, it sets up the character beautifully for when things get really murky in future editions,” wrote our reviewer on his performance in the third season of the historical drama.
Rosamund Pike wins best comedy film actress Globe for ‘I Care A lot'
Rosamund Pike wins the Globe for her performance in “I Care a Lot”. She won the ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy' for the dark comedy-thriller in which she plays a professional legal guardian of aging adults who discovers that her seemingly perfect client is not who they appear to be. Read review here.
Her fellow nominees included Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), Kate Hudson (“Music”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”) and Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”).
Schitt's Creek' continues stellar run, wins Best TV Comedy Series
“Schitt's Creek,” the story of a once-wealthy family forced to relocate to a small town, was named best television comedy on Sunday at Hollywood's Golden Globe awards.
The series starred Dan Levy and his father Eugene Levy, co-creators of the show.
Jason Sudeikis wins globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
Emma Corrin wins globe for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama' for her performance in “The Crown”.
Guest appearances galore
Regina King's dog snoozed in the background as she showed off her Louis Vuitton gown in silver and black.
Amanda Seyfried, from somewhere in the American South, wore a sunny, springy coral Oscar de la Renta with floral adornment, echoing many stars who said they wanted to bring a little joy.
“I've got my son, who is 5 months old, laying against a pillow in a tux,” Seyfried said during a round of pre-show interviews.
TV legend Norman Lear honoured at Golden Globes
Television pioneer Norman Lear, creator of groundbreaking comedy shows such as “All in the Family” and “One Day at a Time,” accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday.
Lear, 98, was honored with the Carol Burnett Award, an accolade established in 2018 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that hands out the Golden Globes. Speaking via video at this year's virtual ceremony, Lear said he was thrilled to accept an award named for Burnett, who he said “has made me laugh harder” than anyone else.
“I'm convinced laughter adds time to one's life,” Lear said.
“At close to 99, I've never lived alone,” he added. “I've never laughed alone. And that has as much to do with my being here today as anything else I know.”
Mark Ruffalo wins the Globe for ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television' for his role in “I Know This Much Is True.”
Aaron Sorkin wins the ‘Best Screenplay – Motion Picture' for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. No suprises there.
‘Soul' selected as the best animated movie
“Soul” wins the ‘Best Motion Picture – Animated' award.
Pixar's first feature to frontline black characters is a stunning work of animation, with an important message to kids and adults alike.
“Soul may not quite have the emotional highs of Coco or the visionary genius that shaped Inside Out, but is still a remarkable addition to Pixar's cannon of wins that don't just comfort the soul, but outright embrace it,” writes our reviewer.
“Schitt's Creek” continues its momentum from Emmys 2020, where it won seven Emmys, including best comedy series and acting awards for all four lead actors.
Catherine O'Hara, who places the quirky mother ‘Moira' in the Netflix series, named the winner of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy'.
John Boyega wins best supporting actor for ‘Small Axe'
Meanwhile, John Boyega wins the Globe for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role' for his role in “Small Axe”.
The anthology series has been dedicated to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. Boyega had actively participated in the BLM protests, famously saying “Look I don't know if I'm going to have a career after this but, f**k that.
“This took it out of me”: Daniel Kaluuya on his win
… and the first award is out. Actor Daniel Kaluuya bags his maiden Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture.
He won for his role in the period drama “Judas and the Black Messiah”, for which he got rave reviews.
“This took it out of me. I gave everything,” said Kaluuya, accepting the award via a webcam.
Daniel Kaluuya's acceptance speech was marred by technical glitch initially, when his audio feed didn't connect, leaving viewers with only his muted video feed.
“You're doing me dirty, you're doing me dirty,” the 32-year-old actor quipped as his video feed went silent.
“Big Little Lies” star Laura Dern, who was presenting the award to Kaluuya, apologised for the “bad connection” on stage as the feed cut away.
“We apologise for that technical problem and send all of our congratulations to Daniel and his Golden Globe win,” she said.
As it has happened over many a Zoom calls this past year, it turns out Kaluuya's feed was muted, but quickly rectified, a source told Variety.
When Kaluuya came back into view, he asked “Is this on? Can you hear me now?” Once the audio issue was resolved, the actor thanked his family and the Hollywood Foriegn Press Association (HFPA), the body that conducts the Golden Globes currently facing fire over its lack of Black representation among its ranks.
Full list of nominees
Hollywood's award season kicks off Sunday at a very different Golden Globes, with a mainly virtual ceremony set to boost or dash the Oscars hopes of early frontrunners like “Nomadland” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
“Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao's paean to a marginalized, older generation of Americans roaming the West in rundown vans, has long been viewed as a frontrunner for the Globes' top prize.
But it will face stiff competition from Aaron Sorkin's “Chicago 7,” a courtroom drama about the city's anti-war riots in 1968 with a mouth-watering ensemble cast including Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Globes org says it will recruit Black members after outcry
Pandemic improvising is only part of the damage control the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes, finds itself dealing with this year. A pair of extensive reports by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times in the week leading up to the awards renewed scrutiny on the press association and its 87 voting members.
While the HFPA has long been known as an organisation with members of questionable qualification — the majority of its members don't write for well-known publications — and are known for being swayed by high-priced junkets, the reports again forced the HFPA to defend itself.
Among the most damning details was the revelation that there are no Black voting members in the group, something that only reinforced criticism that the press association — which host Ricky Gervais last year called “very, very racist” in his opening monologue — is in need of overhauling.
This year, none of the most acclaimed Black-led films — “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Da 5 Bloods” — were nominated for the Globes' best picture award.
In a statement, the HFPA said it would make “an action plan” to change. “We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds,” the group said.
For some, none of the revelations were surprising. Ava DuVernay tweeted in response to the LA Times article: “Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn't already widely known? For YEARS?”
As showtime neared, the backlash threatened to overwhelm the Globes. The Screen Actors Guild on Sunday joined others in calling on the HFPA to diversify its membership and better reflect the industry it holds sway over.
“As our colleagues across the industry say, TIME'S UP,” the guild said in a statement. “The time for change is now.”
Two-time nominee Sterling K. Brown, who's presenting on Sunday, said in an Instagram post that “having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity.”
“87 people wield a tremendous amount of power,” said Brown, who won a Globe in 2018. “For any governing body of a current Hollywood award show to have such a lack of voting representation illustrates a level of irresponsibility that should not be ignored.” – AP