Nomadland, Borat 2, The Crown win high awards at 2021 Golden Globes

Some emotional moments, more technical glitches, lockdown fashion looks to yet another call for inclusivity, the first ever virtual Golden Globe Awards 2021 were like no other. While Nomadland, Borat and The Crown won big at its 78th outing, veteran Jane Fonda was feted with the lifetime achievement award.

Staying true to the times, the ceremony was held virtually and the live audience consisted of frontline workers and first responders of the Covid-19 pandemic. Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to hosting duties this year, but they were in New York and Los Angeles respectively, marking the first time the Golden Globes have been bicoastal.

Amy Poehler hosted the award show from New York and Los Angeles

Winners table

The best drama film went to Nomadland starring Frances McDormand as a homeless woman travelling through the American West. Schitt’s Creek was named Best Comedy series. Actress Catherine O’Hara, who plays the role of Moira Rose in the show, was feted with best comedy actress honour. The best director award went to Chloe Zhao, who became the second female winner of the category in Globes history, after Barbara Streisand. Zhao said: “Thank you everyone who made it possible to do what I love. I fell in love with making movies and telling stories because it gave us a chance to laugh and cry together, to learn from each other, and to have more compassion for each other.”

Posthumous honour for Chadwick

Chadwick Boseman was posthumously honoured with a Golden Golden for his performance as the strong-willed trumpet player Levee who marches to his own beat in the musical period drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the actor’s swansong.

The Sacha Baron Cohen-starrer Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the sequel to 2006’s hugely successful Borat, was named best musical or comedy film. “Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,” said Sacha Baron Cohen as he accepted the prize, referring to the recent revelation that the organisation behind the Globes currently has no black members. The actor joked about the awards body as he was named best actor in a comedy or musical for the same film. “Wait, Donald Trump is contesting the result. He’s claiming that a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association),” he quipped.

Andra Day

And, the shocked ones

Other winners included Rosamund Pike, who was named best actress in a musical or comedy film for I Care A Lot. The best supporting actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Judas And the Black Messiah. The actor said: “I hope generations after this can see how brilliantly he fought, he spoke, and he loved. He taught me about myself, made me grow as a man, and I appreciate that with all my heart,” Kaluuya said as he accepted his prize. A “shocked” John Boyega was named best supporting actor in a limited series for his role in Small Axe. “I’m so shocked. I’ve got trackie bottoms on and I’m comfortable but this is exciting,” Boyega said.

Minari wins best foreign film

Minari, a semi-autobiographical drama about a family of Korean immigrants trying to realise their American dream in the 1980s, has won the best foreign film Golden Globe following a controversy around its classification that led the movie to be overlooked in the best picture race.

Crown sparkles & shines

The Crown won four honours including best drama series. Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin both won for their performances as Prince Charles and Princess Diana respectively. Corrin said: “Most of all, thank you so much to (Princess) Diana, you have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure I could ever imagine.” Gillian Anderson was named in the best supporting category in the series for her portrayal of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Andra Day won in the best actress in a motion picture category for her performance in the OTT film The United States vs. Billie Holiday.


Going viral

For once, it were men whose fashion sense fetched more eyeballs than women. Given it was a virtual ceremony, Bill Murray’s Hawaiian shirt as he enjoyed his Los Angeles home; tie-dye hoodie sported by Jason Sudeikis winner of the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV series; ever hot Colin Farrell and his eyebrows and Ben Stiller who rocked his Silver fox status, men were the talk of Twitter. John Boyega made a case for comfortable trackie bottoms as he accepted best supporting actor for Small Axe.

Tweet talk

Kerry Washington @kerrywashington

Thank you Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for bringing the lack of representation in the HFPA to light. Real change must come #GoldenGlobes

Charlotte Clymer @cmclymer

Jane Fonda is 83 and looking more energetic and engaged than most folks a quarter of her age.

Chicks in the Office @ChicksInTheOff

Bill Murray and his martini is the definition of happiness #GoldenGlobes

Sophie Vershbow @svershbow

Jason Sudeikis in a tie dye hoodie on zoom is a whole pandemic vibe. #GoldenGlobes

Nikki Vargas @MsNikkiVargas

I love that all the women of the #goldenglobes are sitting at home in floor length gowns and Sudeikis is rockin’ a hoodie.

Chris Jansing @ChrisJansing

The first Globes winner is on mute – thank you Daniel Kaluuya (‘cause we’ve all been there) and congrats!!

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