2021 Golden Globes

Picture of Golden Globes Award trophies
(Photo courtesy of People.com).

Picture of Golden Globes Award trophies (Photo courtesy of People.com).

On Sunday night yesterday, the 78th Golden Globes Awards finally commenced after a two-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the ceremony is normally hosted in-person at the Beverly Hilton in California, the format of the awards this year was changed to almost completely virtual because of Covid-19. This year’s Golden Globes co-hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, presented the ceremony separately, with Poehler hosting from the Beverly Hilton and Fey from the Rainbow Room in New York City. With the nominees and celebrities attending virtually through webcams, the small in-person audience in either coastal location was attended exclusively by various local first-responders and essential workers. Also attending were Foodbank workers from the show’s philanthropic partnership with Feeding America.

Though the awards ceremony opened with a hilarious monologue from Fey and Poehler, it also highlighted several controversies, precisely one concerning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). As first reported in recent weeks by the Los Angeles Times,  revelations that the 87 member association doesn’t contain a single black member soured the ceremony’s mood. In brief addressing of the issue, Fey and Poehler stressed that “inclusivity is still important.”

“Even with stupid things, inclusivity is still important… I realize, HFPA, that you didn’t get the memo because your office is in the back booth of a French McDonalds,” Poehler remarked. 

Afterward, a string of achievements was made in a night full of first-time nominees. Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color and only the second woman named Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards. Similarly, Kemp Powers, the co-director of “Soul,” was the first Black debut filmmaker to win a Golden Globe and just the second Black director to succeed in the Best Animated Picture category.

Later on, debut actress Andra Day also had her first win for her role as the titular jazz singer in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” Day became the first Black woman to win a Best Actress award (for a Drama Movie) in 35 years. 

As for the men, Chadwick Boseman’s win for Best Actor in a Drama Movie was his first nomination. He won posthumously for his last movie, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Daniel Kaluuya also picked up his first for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Movie as Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton in the historical drama “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Kaluuya is the fifth Black man to win this category. John Boyega saw his first nomination turn into a win for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series for “Small Axe.”

For further information about the award results, here is the full list of the 2021 nominees and winners:

Best Television Series — Drama

The Crown — Winner

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Ratched

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Schitt’s Creek — Winner

Emily in Paris

“The Flight Attendant

The Great

Ted Lasso

Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Queen’s Gambit — Winner

Normal People

Small Axe

The Undoing

Unorthodox

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Emma Corrin, “The Crown” — Winner

Olivia Coleman, “The Crown”

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Sarah Paulson, “Ratched”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown” — Winner

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Al Pacino, “Hunters”

Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” — Winner

Lily Collins, “Emily in Paris”

Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”

Elle Fanning, “The Great”

Jane Levy, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” — Winner

Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”

Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”

Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown” — Winner

Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Cynthia Nixon, “Ratched”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role

John Boyega, “Small Axe” — Winner

Brendan Gleeson, “The Comey Rule”

Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Jim Parsons, “Hollywood”

Donald Sutherland, “The Undoing”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” — Winner

Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America”

Daisy Edgar-Jones, “Normal People”

Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”

Nicole Kidman, “The Undoing”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much is True” — Winner

Bryan Cranston, “Your Honor”

Jeff Daniels, “The Comey Rule”

Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”

Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird”

Best Motion Picture — Drama

Nomadland — Winner

The Father

Mank

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm — Winner

Hamilton

Music

Palm Springs

The Prom

Best Director — Motion Picture

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” — Winner

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

David Fincher, “Mank”

Regina King, “One Night in Miami…”

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Andra Day, “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday — Winner

Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”

Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — Winner

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

Gary Oldman, “Mank”

Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Rosamund Pike, “I Care a Lot” — Winner

Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Kate Hudson, “Music”

Michelle Pfeiffer, “French Exit”

Anya Taylor-Joy, “Emma.”

Best Performance by an 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 Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian” — Winner

Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”

Olivia Coleman, “The Father”

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”

Helena Zengel, “News of the World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

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…”

Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Motion Picture — Animated

Soul — Winner

The Croods: A New Age

Onward

Over the Moon

Wolfwalkers

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

Minari — Winner

La Llorona

Another Round

The Life Ahead

Two of Us

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — Winner

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

Jack Fincher, “Mank”

Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, “The Father”

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“Io Sì (Seen),” Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi – “The Life Ahead” — Winner 

“Fight for You,” H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas – “Judas and the Black Messiah”

“Hear My Voice,” Daniel Pemberton, Celeste Waite – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

“Speak Now,” Leslie Odom, Jr., Sam Ashworth – “One Night in Miami…”

“Tigress & Tweed,” Raphael Saadiq, Andra Day – “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, “Soul” — Winner

Alexander Desplat, “The Midnight Sky”

Ludwig Göransson, “Tenet”

James Newton Howard, “News of the World”

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Mank”