What are the Golden Globes like during a pandemic?

Not a pandemic, social unrest, or Harry and Megan leaving the Royal Family can stop the Golden Globes! Last January we left the Beverly Hilton expecting to see the booze soaked Golden Globes again in January 2021.  And then COVID-19 hit and swept the country.  As we all know, during this pandemic, time has no meaning.  It feels like the last Golden Globes were five years ago.  But, the Hollywood Foreign Press pushed forward and the first awards show in the 2021 awards season finally happened Sunday night.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

The show was different than shows in past years for several reasons.  First, the show was bi-coastal.  Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Globes from the Rainbow Room in New York and the Beverly Hilton in Hollywood, respectively.  Many of the stars Zoomed into the ceremony from home while the venues were peppered with first responders.  

Amy Poehler with Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson

While Fey and Poehler are my favorite Globes hosts based on their previous hosting duties, this year the just fell a bit flat.  I don’t know if it was because they were in different venues, but it just lacked the spark of previous years.  The highlight of their monologue was when they explained the differences between TV shows and movies on streaming services (i.e. British people playing a Brit =TV, British people playing Americans = Movie). However, there were plenty of lows too (see Kenan Thompson and Maya Rudolph playing a songwriting duo who are very special, shall we say).

While the voting body for the Golden Globes does not have any overlap with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Globes are a very good indicator for how the Academy will vote come Oscar night.  Early indications have shown that Nomadland, Chloe Zhao’s beautiful story of American wanderers, was the movie to beat.  The Globes have now cemented that by naming Nomadland as the Best Motion Picture – Drama, and anointing Chloe Zhao as Best Director.

Simone Ledward Boseman accepts the Best Actor award for her late husband, Chadwick Boseman

Also, as expected, Chadwick Boseman was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, posthumously, for his intense portrayal of Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Upon winning the award his wife gave a moving speech with suppositions of what he would have said and how uplifting the speech would have been. It was a beautiful moment, and the perfect tribute to a talented actor gone too soon.  

The surprises of the night came in the various actress categories.  Andra Day won for her brilliant portrayal of Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Jodie Foster won in the supporting category for her work as an attorney defending a Guantanamo Bay detainee in The Mauritanian (which is yet to be released), and Rosamond Pike picked up an award for her work at a despicable guardian in I Care a Lot.  None of these performances were nominated for the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards, which made them such surprises.  Perhaps a Globe win will propel them into the Oscar race.  I guess we will just have to wait until March 15 to see…

-Ariadne Ansbro

See below for a full list of winners

Nomadland

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Nomadland”

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Chloe Zhao

Best Director, Motion Picture

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Andra Day

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

Rosamond Pike

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Rosamund Pike, “I Care a Lot”

Jodie Foster

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian”

Chadwick Boseman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Sacha Baron Cohen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Daniel Kaluuya

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Soul

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, “Soul”

The Life Ahead

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Io Sì (Seen),” “The Life Ahead”

Soul

Best Motion Picture, Animated

“Soul”

Minari

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

“Minari”

The Crown

Best Television Series, Drama

“The Crown”

Schitt’s Creek

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

“Schitt’s Creek”

The Queen’s Gambit

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

“The Queen’s Gambit”

Emma Corrin

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Emma Corrin, “The Crown”

Catherine O’Hara

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Anya Taylor-Joy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Gillian Anderson

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Jason Sudeikis

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Mark Ruffalo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”

John Boyega

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role

John Boyega, “Small Axe”

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