Don’t let the pandemic fool you — famous words or a passing statement by Justin Sylvester, it could not have prevented the shadow of Covid-19 on the 78th Golden Globe awards. Nevertheless, the ceremony with two hosts from two coasts had the necessary zing and glamour. Never mind that the winners dressed to nines were only present through Zoom. The hybrid presentation expectedly led to some bloopers. But then, generous doses of hilarity and a few heart-warming moments made the ceremony glorious. Be it when Chadwick Boseman’s wife accepted the award which he won posthumously for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, or the profound words of Chloeacute; Zhao, only the second woman to have won the Best Director at the Golden Globes, picking up the honour for ‘Nomadland’. ‘Compassion is a breakdown of all barriers, your pain is my pain,’ she echoed on why and how cinema connects us all.
Connected yet divided, diversity and inclusivity are issues that have been pushed to the forefront in Hollywood for quite some time. Ever since the ‘Oscars so white’ debate raged, the representation of blacks has been much talked about. Golden Globe 2021 was no different as hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler looked at the elephant in the room and spoke openly about the absence of black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation behind the awards. In their characteristic tongue-in-cheek monologue, they even questioned the nomination choices, especially how black-led projects were overlooked.
Many of the wins like that of ‘The Crown’ were on expected lines, though surprises too were in store. Besides, many rued the snub to other favourites such as the film ‘Mank’, which had six nominations. But then, no awards jury has yet mastered the please-all formula. Nor a seamless way of presenting an award show especially in pandemic times. Unsurprisingly, Twitter and meme makers went in overdrive underlining the digital chaos, including the accidental muting by Daniel Kaluuya during his acceptance speech for Supporting Actor award. Whatever the grouses or expectations, there is no denying that Golden Globe celebrated television and cinema, which as Naz Perez rightly put it, ‘Got us through one of the hardest times in history.’