NEW YORK – With home nominees appearing via remote video and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from different parts of the country, a highly socially distanced 78th Golden Globe Awards took place amid the pandemic and amid a criticism storm for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with top prizes awarded to “Nomadland”, “Borat After Moviefilm”, “The Crown” and “Schitt’s Creek”.
The best prize of the evening, best dramatic film, went to Chloé Zhao’s elegiac road movie “Nomadland”, a western that takes place between economic upheavals and personal mourning. Zhao, the Chinese-born filmmaker, became the first woman of Asian descent to win the award for best director. She is only the second woman in Globes history to win, and the first since Barbra Streisand won for “Yentl” in 1984.
“Nomadland for me is a pilgrimage through grief and healing,” said Zhao, accepting the prizes at a distance. “For anyone who has gone through this difficult and magnificent journey at some point in their life. let’s not say goodbye, we say: see you later.
With a canceled red carpet and stars giving speeches from the couch, Sunday’s Globes had little of their distinctively frothy flavor.
Faced with weak competition from traditional studios, streaming services have dominated the Globes like never before – even though the top prize went to a familiar though renowned source: Searchlight Pictures, formerly the Fox specialty label of “12 Years a. Slave “and” The Shape of Water “now owned by Walt Disney Co. DIS,
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“Borat After Moviefilm” – one of the few nominated films shot in part during the pandemic – won the award for best film, comedy or musical. Its star guerrilla actor, Sacha Baron Cohen, won the award for best actor in a comedy. Referring to Rudy Giuliani’s infamous cameo, Cohen thanked “a new talent that came out of nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius.”
“I mean, who could have more laughs when they decompress,” Cohen said.
who arrived with 42 nominations, won top televised awards. “The Crown,” as expected, won Best Drama Series, as well as acting wins for Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Emma Corrin (Princess Diana) and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher). “The Queen’s Gambit” won the award for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in Category for Anya Taylor-Joy. “Schitt’s Creek,” the Pop TV series that found a larger following on Netflix, took home the award for Best Comedy Series for its final season. Catherine O’Hara also won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
Chadwick Boseman, as expected, posthumously won the award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Film for his final performance, in August Wilson’s adaptation “My Rainey’s Black Bottom” – a Netflix release. Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, in tears, emotionally accepted the award.
“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their advice and sacrifice, ”said Ledward. “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring.”
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won his first major award when a sweatshirt-clad Jason Sudeikis won the Best Actor in a Comedy Series award for the streamer’s “Ted Lasso”.
Fey took to the stage at New York’s Rainbow Room while Poehler stayed in the usual Globes house at the Beverly Hilton. In their opening remarks, they managed their generally well-timed round trips despite being nearly 3,000 miles apart.
“I always knew my career would end if I walked around the Rainbow Room pretending to talk to Amy,” Fey said. “I just thought it would be later.”
They appeared in front of masked participants but no stars. Instead, the sparse tables – where Hollywood royalty is usually crammed and filled with booze during the show – were occupied by “burning first responders and essential workers,” as Fey put it.
In a production nightmare but become familiar during the pandemic, the first winner of the night accepted their prize muted. It was only after presenter Laura Dern apologized for the technical difficulties that Daniel Kaluuya, who won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Black Panthers frontman Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah, ”delivered his speech. his finger towards the camera and said, “You are hurting me! “
Pandemic improv was only part of the damage control for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts the Globes. After the Los Angeles Times revealed that there were no black members in the 87-person HFPA voting body, the press association came under increasing pressure to reshuffle and better reflect the industry in which it exerts its influence.
This year, none of the most acclaimed black-directed films – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, “One Night in Miami”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Da 5 Bloods” – were nominated for the award. for the best film of the Globes. . As the HFPA potentially fights for its life in Hollywood, the Sunday Globes were part of the apology tour. Fey and Poehler got started on the matter quickly.
“Look, a lot of flashy garbage has been nominated, but it happens,” Poehler said. “It’s like their thing. But a number of black actors and black-led projects have been overlooked.
In the first half hour of the NBC TV show, members of the Press Association also appeared on stage to promise change. “We recognize that we have our own work to do,” said Vice President Helen Hoehne. “We need to have black journalists in our organization. “
While attendees normally paraded the red carpet on Sunday night, many stars posed virtually instead. Regina King, resplendent in a dazzling dress, stood in front of her yawning dog. Carey Mulligan, nominated for ‘Promising Young Woman’, said from a hotel room in London that she wore heels for the first time in over a year.
The circumstances led to anomalies in the awarding of prizes. Remotely appearing Mark Ruffalo took home the award for Best Actor in a Limited Series for “I Know This Much Is True” with his children celebrating behind him and his wife, Sunrise Coigney, seated beside him.
Lee Isaac Chung, writer-director of the sweet Korean-American family drama “Minari” (a film the HFPA has been criticized for being deemed ineligible for its top prize due to its non-English dialogue), accepted the award for best foreign language film while his young daughter kissed him. “She’s the reason I made this movie,” Chung said.
“’Minari’ is about a family. It’s a family trying to learn a language of its own. It goes beyond any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart, ”Chung said. “I try to learn it myself and pass it on.
John Boyega, supporting actor winning for his performance in Steve McQueen’s anthology “Small Ax,” lifted his leg to show he was wearing sweatpants under his sleeker white jacket. Jodie Foster (“La Mauritanienne”) won one of the biggest Surprise Globes, Best Supporting Actress in a Film, as she sat on the couch next to his wife Alexandra Hedison and with his dog Ziggy on his lap.
Some speeches have been pre-recorded. Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s previously recorded speeches for the winning score of “Soul” went off without a hitch, although presenter Tracy Morgan initially announced “Sal” as the winner.
While the speeches sometimes lacked drama without Hollywood coming together in one place, the performance was a running refrain. Clearly referring to the diversity of the HFPA, presenter and former winner Sterling K. Brown began, “Thank you. It’s great to be Black at the Golden Globes, ”he said. “Back.”
Jane Fonda, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, spoke passionately about the expansion of the great tent of entertainment for all. “Art hasn’t always been right in step with history, but has paved the way,” Fonda said. “So let’s be leaders.”
Other accolades include Pixar’s “Soul” for Best Animated Feature; Rosumund Pike won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Film for “I Care a Lot”; and Aaron Sorkin (“Trial of the Chicago 7”) for best screenplay. The film, front-runner for Best Dramatic Film at the Globes, was sold to Netflix by Paramount Pictures last summer due to the pandemic. “Netflix saved our lives,” Sorkin said.
As the time for the show approached, backlash from the HFPA threatened to overwhelm the Globes. Still, the Globes have persisted because of their popularity (the show is the third most-watched awards show, after the Oscars and Grammys), their profitability (NBC paid $ 60 million for the rights. release in 2018) and because they serve as important marketing material. for Oscar nominees and hopes.
The Globes took place on the initial date of the Oscars. Instead, these will take place on April 25.