There were winners and losers, but the most memorable nominees were those who were stunned, spoke low-volume, clutched their pets, made fun of a windy speech, and panicked when a scratchy sound from a phone interrupted a acceptance speech . The speedy ceremony took the awkward office zoom call to a new level.
“Could have been an email all night,” Cohost asked Tina Fey in a virtual introduction with Amy Poehler from New York and Beverly Hills , California. “Yes.”
Until 10 pm, the winners did not fit a set narrative – and so far not a single show has become unbeatable. Early in the night, in a year in which series could hardly be distinguished from films, the awards were spread over a field of film and television. Almost every film made very little cash at the box office if it even got to a movie theater during the pandemic, and in an unusual reversal, many of the television competitors had more star power than the film nominees.
Some juggernauts keep rolling. “The Crown” won best TV drama series, beating newcomers like “The Mandalorian”, the Disney series that emerged from the “Star Wars” epic, and the horror series “Lovecraft Country” set in Jim Crow America. “The Crown” won six Golden Globes – three of them on Sunday night, including two awards for actors Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin – depicting the tragic relationship between Charles and Diana.
In the meantime, Eugene Schvy, the star of “Schitt’s Creek”, lost to Jason Sudeikis of “Ted Lasso”, mainly due to the historic appearance of “Schitt’s Creek” at the Emmys last year.
“Soul”, an existential story for children that combined jazz and the afterlife, won the prize for the best animated film.
Black performers received early awards in acting categories. Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the historical drama “Judas and the Black Messiah”; John Boyega for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series for his role in “Small Ax”.
In recent days, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose 87 members are voting on the Golden Globes, has come under fire after it was revealed that the The organization had no black members. In the run-up to the Globes, critics pointed out the lack of black-lead dramas in the top picture categories, including One Night in Miami, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Judas and the Black Messiah, and Da 5 Bloods. “Several black ensemble films were nominated in other categories this year.
” It’s great to be black at the Golden Globes – back at the Golden Globes, “said actor Sterling K. Brown, referring to the controversy surrounding that Globes membership before presenting an award.
The stars seemed a little baffled by the virtual format. When Mr. Kaluuya accepted his victory, he had problems connecting to the ceremony and was almost unable to give an acceptance speech. Catherine O’Hara, who won Best Supporting Actress for “Schitt’s Creek,” had to yell over a scratchy phone that crackled next to her.
Ms. Fey and Ms. Poehler joked about the mix of television and movie entertainment. “It’s hard to tell them apart this year because the cinemas were closed and we saw everything on our phones,” joked Ms. Poehler.
The Globes are the only major awards show that combines film and TV categories and balances it with the way audiences mixed up the entertainment last year when most cinemas were closed.
Some nominees are in the running in both the film and TV categories : Newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy is ready for her roles in “Emma” and the Limited
“The Queen’s Gambit” series. And Oscar winner Olivia Colman was nominated for her appearances in the movie “The Father” and in the Netflix drama “The Crown”.
What it means for streamers remains to be seen: The Golden Globe nominations included 42 nods to Netflix in film and television, which was the most for each of the streamers. This is no guarantee that Netflix will be out of the running with any giant train. At last year’s Globes, the streamer had 34 nominations but won two.
The show was a celebrity house tour that went from chic to slightly surreal. While Mark Ruffalo accepted the award for the best performance by an actor in a limited series for the filming of “I Know That So Much Is True”, his candidate Jeff Daniels, dressed in a flannel shirt, sat with a thin smile in front of what looked like like a series of cabinets.
Some of the best viewers came right before and after each award as the nominees spoke to each other on a split screen. After Tracy Morgan mistakenly named “Soul” the name “Sal”, the next round of nominees for Best Actor Performance in a Musical or TV Comedy Series laughed at the Flub. Jason Sudeikis, looking wrinkled in a hoodie, told the other actors about “Souls Pizzeria”.
Winner Aaron Sorkin accepted the award for best script for “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, the story of the tumultuous legal battle over a group of anti-war protesters after the Democratic Convention of 1968, and thanked the candidate
ready to script the quiet drama Nomadland to inspire his college-age daughter to want to become a filmmaker. “I’ll never forgive you for that,” he said.
There are three directors in line for Golden Globes this year: Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” with Frances McDormand as the woman who leads an unconventional life in the American West; Regina King for “One Night In Miami,” about four real legendary characters who consider their roles in the civil rights movement; and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, a #MeToo revenge fantasy. The nominations for the three directors come a year after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was criticized for excluding women directors altogether. Depending on the results, Ms. Zhao or Ms. King could be the first black woman to win a Golden Globe for directing. Barbra Streisand is the only woman who has ever won the Golden Globe for directing “Yentl”.
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