It was a glitchy, virtual affair last night at the 78th Golden Globe Awards. Instead of strolling the red carpet and filling the Beverly Hilton, the stars still donned their best while "Zooming" from their luxurious living rooms into our humble dwellings, to accept their awards. For all its awkwardness and oddities, and there were plenty, the social distance did afford the stars a rare chance to celebrate their wins with their families and the ones they love.
Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" took home two top prizes: Best Motion Picture - Drama, and Best Director. This was a historic win for Zhao as she became the second woman in Golden Globes history to win Best Director (Barbra Streisand was the first for "Yentl" in 1984). In a year that saw three women nominated for Best Director, Zhao took her barrier-breaking win to remind us all that we need to have compassion for each other, while also quoting a line from her film, "we don't say goodbye, we say, see you down the road."
Amazon's raw political satire "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" was another big winner, with two top awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and Best Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen). Disney-Pixar's "Soul" also landed two wins for Best Animated Film and Original Score.
The late Chadwick Boseman was another big winner of the night, whose wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted his posthumous award for Best Actor in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," with a deeply emotional and moving tribute. Other major wins included Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor in "Judas and the Black Messiah," and Lee Issac Chung's critically acclaimed "Minari," which grabbed Best Foreign Language Film.
Being a sign of the times in more ways than one, Netflix was the force to beat at the Golden Globes, with a total of 22 film nominations, including three for the top prizes, "Mank" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7," for Best Motion Picture - Drama, and "The Prom" for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The streamer landed four wins throughout the night, which included Aaron Sorkin's win for his screenplay for "The Trial of the Chicago 7," Rosamund Pike for her lead in "I Care a Lot," Diane Warren for her Best Original Song, "Io sì (Seen)," as featured in "The Life Ahead," and Boseman's posthumous win for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Some surprises throughout the night included Jodie Foster's Best Supporting Actress win for "The Mauritanian," who seemed just as shocked, accepting the award in her pajamas. And, Andra Day for "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," who was initially speechless upon accepting Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler led the bi-coastal virtual show from New York and L.A. In their opening monologue they were quick to address the big elephant in the room, calling out the Hollywood Foreign Press for their lack of diversity and no Black voices at all among their members. After the two hosts jokingly knocked awards shows as "stupid" and a "scam invented by Big Red Carpet," Fey quipped, "I realize HFPA, maybe you guys didn't get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald's. But, you've got to change that, so here's to changing it."
HFPA President Ali Sar, Vice President Helen Hoehne and former President Meher Tatna took to the stage to address the controversy over the complete lack of diversity among their members. Recognizing that "Black representation is vital," Hoehne said that they "must have Black journalists in our organization," with Tatna adding that the HFPA must "ensure everyone from all underrepresented communities gets a seat at our table, and we are going to make that happen."
Stars still took jabs at the HFPA in their acceptance speeches, hoping that the organization will follow through on their pledge and truly represent the spectrum of voices in film and television.
Of course, with all the controversy going on with the HFPA, it awkwardly, wrongly made sense that the Globes started off on an odd foot with Daniel Kaluuya's audio on the connection off initially, before the feed got it right.
See the full list of winners and nominees below.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
- "The Father"
- "Nomadland" < WINNER
- "Promising Young Woman"
- "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Viola Davis - "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
- Andra Day - "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" < WINNER
- Vanessa Kirby - "Pieces of a Woman"
- Frances McDormand - "Nomadland"
- Carey Mulligan - "Promising Young Woman"
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
- Chadwick Boseman, - "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" < WINNER
- Riz Ahmed - "The Sound of Metal"
- Anthony Hopkins - "The Father"
- Gary Oldman - "Mank"
- Tahar Rahim - "The Mauritanian"
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
- "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" < WINNER
- "Palm Springs"
- "The Prom"
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
- Maria Bakalova - "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
- Kate Hudson - "Music"
- Michelle Pfeiffer - "French Exit"
- Rosamund Pike - "I Care A Lot" < WINNER
- Anya Taylor-Joy - "Emma"
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
- Sacha Baron Cohen - "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" < WINNER
- James Corden - "The Prom"
- Lin-Manuel Miranda - "Hamilton"
- Dev Patel - "The Personal History of David Copperfield"
- Andy Samberg - "Palm Springs"
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
- Glenn Close - "Hillbilly Elegy"
- Olivia Colman - "The Father"
- Jodie Foster - "The Mauritanian" < WINNER
- Amanda Seyfried - "Mank"
- Helena Zengel - "News of the World"
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
- Sacha Baron Cohen - "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
- Daniel Kaluuya - "Judas and the Black Messiah" < WINNER
- Jared Leto - "The Little Things"
- Bill Murray - "On the Rocks"
- Leslie Odom, Jr. - "One Night in Miami"
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
- "Another Round," Denmark
- "La Llorona," Guatemala/France
- "The Life Ahead," Italy
- "Minari," USA < WINNER
- "Two of Us," France/USA
Best Motion Picture - Animated
- "The Croods: A New Age"
- "Over the Moon"
- "Soul" < WINNER
Best Director - Motion Picture
- David Fincher - "Mank"
- Regina King - "One Night in Miami"
- Aaron Sorkin - "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
- Chloe Zhao - "Nomadland" < WINNER
- Emerald Fennell - "Promising Young Woman"
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
- Emerald Fennell - "Promising Young Woman"
- Jack Fincher - "Mank"
- Aaron Sorkin - "The Trial of the Chicago 7" < WINNER
- Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton - "The Father"
- Chloe Zhao - "Nomadland"
Best Original Score
- Alexandre Desplat - "The Midnight Sky"
- Ludwig Göransson - "Tenet"
- James Newton Howard - "News of the World"
- Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - "Mank"
- Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste - "Soul" < WINNER
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
- "Fight for You" (Music by: H.E.R., Dernst Emile II; Lyrics by: H.E.R., Tiara Thomas) - "Judas and the Black Messiah"
- "Hear My Voice" (Music by: Daniel Pemberton; Lyrics by: Daniel Pemberton, Celeste Waite) - "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
- "Io sì (Seen)" (Music by: Diane Warren; Lyrics by: Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi) - "The Life Ahead" < WINNER
- "Speak Now" (Music & Lyrics by: Leslie Odom, Jr., Sam Ashworth) - "One Night in Miami"
- "Tigers & Tweed" (Music & Lyrics by: Raphael Saadiq, Andra Day) - "The United States vs. Billie Holiday"
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