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Could this whole night have been an email? Probably. But Hey! why not a little bit of glitz and glam in the middle of a global pandemic!

The ceremony, which recognises excellence in film and television, was held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Golden Globes are the first major event of awards season, and often a good indicator of which films will go on to Oscar glory.The winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which brings us to the first controversy of the evening.

According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, The voting body is made up of just 87 members, none of whom are black. This poster was reposted all over Twitter by various Hollywood stars and celebrities.

The HFPA says it is now acting to address the diversity of the group, saying in a statement:

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

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The Los Angeles Times also raised questions over the HFPA’s failure to recognise widely acclaimed black-led productions including “I May Destroy You” and “Da 5 Bloods.” Suggesting a “culture of corruption”, the piece noted that members of the HFPA were flown to Paris by the Emily In Paris creators, and the show (which was called ridiculous by many critics) subsequently saw two nominations (best television series and best actress in a TV series). The HFPA has denied all such claims.

This year’s hosts – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – presented separately from New York and Los Angeles respectively due to  COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. And boy did they not hold back from criticising the HFPA (and Emily in Paris for that matter). I highly recommend you watch the clip below!

French Exit is the first thing I did after watching Emily in Paris.” is one of the lines I remember and “”Sia’s controversial film Music is nominated for best international Flop-a-rooni. It’s really problematic, and Twitter is saying it’s the most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the WeightWatchers spokesperson.”

The Show & Winners.

While nominees dialled in from home, the live audience was made up of frontline workers and first responders of the Covid-19 pandemic. The recurring theme of the night was winners spending half their acceptance speech asking: “Am I on? Do I speak now? Can you hear me?”

But personally I thought it was enjoyable watching famous Hollywood celebrities all dressed up at home with their families. Although some stars made fun of the others who “coughed up” thousands of dollars to dress up but more on that coming up. So here are the big winners of the weird 2021 Golden Globes!

Let’s start with television because series have been our best friends this past year right?

Best TV series – drama The winner was Netflix’s The Crown they other nominees were.

  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ozark
  • Ratched

Speaking of The Crown, Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin both won acting honours for their performances as Prince Charles and Princess Diana respectively.

O’Connor said: “I’m very lucky to be able to work in this period, and there are so many people who are unable to work, who are alone and isolated, and I hope we can all collectively put mental health at the forefront our minds.”

Best TV series – musical or comedy. The Winner was Schitt’s Creek. Other nominees were:

  • Emily in Paris
  • The Flight Attendant
  • The Great
  • Ted Lasso

I’d just like to talk about Emily in Paris for a minute. That show was brutally mocked last night for being nominated (although hat’s off to Lily Collins for attending the ceremony and maintaining a brave face) but honestly, I don’t blame the jokers. That show was entertaining, but superficial and frankly for lack of a better word… stupid? My fiancée is French, he grew up in Paris. A few episodes into Emily in Paris, he told me “please turn it off I cannot watch this anymore it’s too stupid”. It passed the time during lockdown! But that’s about all it was good for. It was cliché, after cliché, after cliché. Bridgerton had more depth than Emily in Paris.

Best actor and actress in a Television series – musical or comedy, went to Jason Sudeikis for his role in Ted Lasso, and Catherine O’Hara for her role in Schitt’s Creek. Just a little FYI Catherine O’Hara is the actress that plays Macaulay Culkin’s mother in Home Alone.

Sudeikis’ hoodie was then trending all over Twitter. In what may have been a nod to loungewear’s biggest year ever, he wore a tie-dye hoodie to the Globes, and it’s hard not to love him for this “stars are just like us, especially during a pandemic” moment.

Kaley Cuoco was nominated in that category as well for her role in The Flight Attendant. Believe it or not, after 12 seasons on The Big Bang Theory this was her first Golden Globe nominations. She lost but took it in good stride and posted a photo of herself enjoying an evening of junk food in her Oscar de la Renta gown.

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Then we have best limited series or TV movie – The winner was The Queen’s Gambit. Other nominees were

  • Normal People
  • Small Axe
  • The Undoing
  • Unorthodox

Speaking of The Queen’s Gambit, the show’s leading actress Anya Taylor-Joy won the award for Best actress in a limited series or TV Movie. Did you know the actress is only 24 years old? And she is of Argentine descent. Best actor in a limited series of TV movie went to Mark Ruffalo for I Know this Much is True.

John Boyega was named best supporting actor in a limited series for his role in an instalment of Small Axe, Steve McQueen’s landmark series of BBC films. Gillian Anderson was named best supporting actress for her portrayal of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the series.

Now let’s move on to movies – It was a weird year because cinemas have been closed for most of the year. Many of the big Hollywood Blockbusters’ release has been postponed including the new James Bond, Marvel films, biopics etc. But many riveting films were released on streaming services and here are the big winners.

Best motion picture – drama went to Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a homeless woman travelling through the American West. Other nominees were:

  • The Father
  • Mank
  • Promising Young Woman
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

And Nomadlan’s director Chloé Zhao was named best director – becoming only the second female winner of the category in Globes history, after Barbra Streisand in 1983.

Best actress in a motion picture went to Andra Day for The United States vs Billie Holiday. And now probably the most emotional moment of the show; Chadwick Boseman won Best actor in a motion picture – drama for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Chadwick Boseman passed away in August 2020 as a result of complications related to colon cancer at the age of 43.

His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf.

It is a bit difficult to transition to comedy after this but the winner for Best motion picture – musical or comedy went to Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Other nominees were:

  • Hamilton
  • Music
  • Palm Springs
  • The Prom

“Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,” said Sacha Baron Cohen as he accepted the prize. Cohen poked further fun at 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,” he joked.

Best actress in a motion picture – musical or comedy went to Rosamund Pike for I Care A Lot WOW WHAT A MOVIE!! Critics called the film “Deliciously Nasty” and I couldn’t agree more. And boy does she deserve this award. It is almost unbelievable to see how nice she seems in real life.

Best supporting actress in any motion picture went to Jodie Foster for The Mauritanian. And her male counterpart winner was Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah.

Of the night’s 14 acting winners, half were British including Kaluuya.

Best motion picture – animated went to Soul. The film is about a jazz musician (voiced by Jamie Foxx), stuck in a mediocre job who finally gets his big break. However, when a wrong step takes him to the Great Before, he tries to help an infant soul in order to return to reality.

The year for female filmmakers

Aaron Sorkin paid tribute to the three women who were nominated for best director as he accepted best screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7.

“You are the reason my college-age daughter wants to be a film-maker, and I’m never going to forgive you for that,” he joked. Speaking before the ceremony, Regina King, who was nominated for her directorial debut One Night in Miami, said: “This was another year of powerful work from women with strong voices, so it feels good, and I hope this is the beginning of a true shift.”

See you at the Oscars Ladies!

Last but not least, veteran actress and activist Jane Fonda received the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and used her acceptance speech to call for greater diversity in the industry.

The 83-year-old spoke of the importance of storytelling, saying powerful stories can “change our hearts and our minds”. She said: “Let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard. Let’s be leaders.”

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