March 5, 2021
This year everything has been different because of “you know who”. Some people call it the worst nightmare and some found their calling because of it. Even the Golden Globes were undeniably different because of it, but the show did go on.
The 78th annual Golden Globes was truly like no other—and yet, so much of the show, and many of its issues, felt the same. Instead of the typical ballroom packed with celebs chatting and drinking together, nominees tuned in from their couches, just like the rest of us. Hosted by Amy Poehler in Los Angeles and Tina Fey in New York this year’s Golden Globes was telecasted live. In place of candid celebrity shots, we saw stars interacting on what was basically a fancy version of Zoom, complete with audio glitches and delays.
As Tina Fey said in her opening monologue, “Could this have been an email?” The answer is “yes” , but since it was a three-hour live event instead, here’s everything you need to know.
The Elephant In The Room
Fey and Poehler somewhat addressed the elephant in the room in their monologue which is the criticism for the lack of diversity in its nominees as well as scrutiny surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) members who determine the winners, and those questions intensified this year thanks to a deeply-reported exposé from the Los Angeles Times. The investigation revealed that among its 87 members, there are zero (ZERO!) Black members of the HFPA, and there haven’t been for two decades.
Even Three members of the HFPA later took the stage and made a statement recognizing that “we must have Black journalists in our organization” and pledging to work towards “a more inclusive future”—though gave no details about what that actually means or when these changes will happen.
The one of the few things that were super relatable to all of us were the tech issues like any other Zoom call. But there were more than a few tech issues, including sound glitches, freezing and delays—the most cringeworthy of which was the moment Daniel Kaluuya, who won a best supporting actor trophy for Judas and the Black Messiah, nearly didn’t get to make his acceptance speech because his audio wasn’t connecting.
Stars celebrating with their loved ones
“I prayed!” said Minari writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s young daughter, her arms wrapped around him in a tight embrace, when Minari won for best foreign language film. Reader, I cried.
When Catherine O’Hara won for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy for her role in Schitt’s Creek, her husband Bo Welch attempted to replicate the live award show feel by playing music to cut off her acceptance speech. When Mark Ruffalo won best actor for his role in the TV miniseries I Know this Much is True, his kids excitedly rushed into the shot, patting his shoulders in congratulations. A genuinely shocked Jodie Foster was able to kiss and thank her wife, Alexandra Hedison, during her acceptance speech for best actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for The Mauritanian. Oh, and both of them were wearing (incredibly chic) PJs and snuggling their absolutely adorable pup Ziggy. Truly, relationship goals.
Dress Up Or Dress Down
There were some incredible outfits like every award show. I Care a Lot’s Rosamund Pike went big and bold in a dramatic red tulle dress, This is Us’ Susan Kelechi Watson presented in a walking waterfall of tassels and Dan Levy was a literal piece of sunshine in an electric yellow suit. But there were a few stars who opted for comfort, and I was here for it.
Jeff Daniels was channelling full grandpa energy in his flannel button down. Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis accepted the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy wearing a tie-dye hoodie from his sister’s dance studio.
Chloé Zhao makes history
Zhao, the filmmaker made history with not one but two Golden Globe wins for Nomadland, a drama about a woman named Fern—played by Frances McDormand—who embarks on a nomadic, van-dwelling lifestyle as a result of the Great Recession. Zhao’s win for best director marked only the second time a woman has won in that category, and the first woman of Asian descent, in the history of the Golden Globes. The first and only other woman who has won for best director is Barbara Streisand, who took home a Golden Globe for Yentl in 1983. Let that sink in.
Unstoppable Schitt’s Creek
After absolutely cleaning up at the 2020 Emmy Awards, becoming the most-awarded comedy in a single year, Canadian series Schitt’s Creek had five Golden Globe nominations and walked away with two big wins. Catherine O’Hara took home the prize for best actress in a TV musical or comedy (which she unfortunately did not accept in character as Moira Rose). The show went on to win best TV series, in the comedy or musical category, which Dan Levy accepted with a nod to Schitt’s Canadian roots and an important reminder.
An outpouring of love for Chadwick Boseman
Boseman passed away last August at age 43 after a lengthy, and quiet, battle with colon cancer. His last performance was as trumpeter Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a role that earned him a posthumous Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama. The moment he was announced as winner was heart-wrenching
Holding back tears, Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted on his behalf with a beautiful tribute to her late husband’s work and legacy.
Shows You Must Catch Up On!
There were a lot of great works awarded and nominated for Golden Globes. If you haven’t watched them, here’s a few names you should.
The Crown (Series)’
Schitt’s Creek (Series)
The Queen’s Gambit (Series)
Borat Subsequent Movie Film (Film)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Film)
I Care A Lot (Film)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Film)