The 2021 Golden Globes were held last Sunday, and they were…okay. I’ve always really enjoyed the Globes–it’s the first big televised awards show of the year and everyone’s a bit buzzed off champagne. It’s a good time!

But knowing this year’s viewing experience was going to consist of the nominees dressed in their fanciest duds–with some exceptions–on a Zoom call hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, I went into this year’s show managing expectations.

Starting with Tina and Amy’s monologue–I really enjoyed it–they set what I thought was a solid, fun tone to the evening. They took some light jabs at the nominees before sticking it to some of the more egregious nominations and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). It was definitely important to note that both “a lot of flashy garbage got nominated” and the fact that a lot of Black-led projects and actors were overlooked across the board at the top of the show so the matter didn’t go unaddressed.

The big question of the night remained: Would the HFPA address the L.A. Times report on their lack of Black members and diversity in nominations during the telecast? While three members of the HFPA did appear to tell the audience that they “recognize that we have our own work to do” in being inclusive in their ranks and nominations, their comments came across as a statement delivered via a Notes app screenshot–lackluster and purely performative.

The Globes’ technical issues after Daniel Kaluuya was announced as the winner of Best Supporting Actor that almost resulted in him not being able to deliver his speech were embarrassing. We’ve been on Zoom for the last year, and this awards show is on live TV–double-check your audio connections. I was horrified when Laura Dern apologized for the technical issue and the show attempted to just go about its business without letting Daniel speak. So pro-tip to the rest of the live awards shows coming up: Double-check the connections before going to air and make sure everything works. Missing that initial win reaction was such a bummer.

Getting into the awards, Minari–an American film about a Korean American family in pursuit of the American dream–won Best Picture – Foreign Language. I loved that Minari was recognized, however it should have been competing in Best Picture – Drama. Due to the Globes’ rules–50% of the film’s dialogue needs to be in English to compete for Best Picture – Drama or Musical/Comedy–Minari had to compete in Best Picture – Foreign Language, as the bulk of the film’s dialogue is spoken in Korean. While the HFPA is working on itself, they should also address their handling of American movies where the primary language is not English.

Promising Young Woman being shutout was a little surprising. At minimum, I thought Carey Mulligan was going to win Best Actress – Drama, as she seemed to be a bit of a front runner. The film getting blanked was disappointing, but there was still a lot to celebrate.

Chloé Zhao won Best Director and is the second woman (ever!) at the Globes to win this award. Barbara Streisand previously won Best Director for Yentl in 1984.

Sacha Baron Cohen made history winning a second Best Actor – Musical/Comedy Golden Globe for his reprise of the character Borat in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which won Best Picture – Musical/Comedy. Being that Maria Bakalova’s character Tutar is the heart of the film, it’s unfortunate that she wound up going home empty-handed.

The biggest moments of the night came in the form of three acting upsets: Rosamund Pike won Best Actress – Musical/Comedy, Jodie Foster won Best Supporting Actress, and Andra Day won Best Actress – Drama. Listen, I may have personal favorites, but I love upsets at awards shows. Shocked faces, tears, not having a speech prepared–upsets make for the best moments. I hope we see more of them throughout the season.

While I didn’t think all of the onstage bits worked, a video sketch where nominees described “symptoms” to healthcare workers who diagnosed them with a movie or TV show was a hilarious highlight.

There were a lot of great speeches over the course of the evening, but there were two in particular that pulled on my heartstrings. Jane Fonda’s moving Cecil B. Demille acceptance speech was centered on the power of storytelling, how films and TV shows deepened her empathy, and the importance of inclusivity. The most emotional speech of the evening was delivered by Taylor Simone Ledward, who accepted the award for Best Actor – Drama on behalf of her late husband Chadwick Boseman.

All of the Golden Globes film winners and speeches can be found below. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Cecil B. Demille Award

Best Picture – Drama

The Father

Mank

NomadlandWINNER

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7


Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

Borat Subsequent MoviefilmWINNER

Hamilton

Music

Palm Springs

The Prom


Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie HolidayWINNER

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman


Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black BottomWINNER

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian


Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson, Music

Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit

Rosamund Pike, I Care A LotWINNER

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma.


Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy/Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent MoviefilmWINNER

James Corden, The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs


Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Jodie Foster, The MauritanianWINNER

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Helena Zengel, News of the World


Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black MessiahWINNER

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Bill Murray, On The Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami…


Best Director – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Regina King, One Night in Miami…

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao, NomadlandWINNER


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher, Mank

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7WINNER

Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller, The Father

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland


Best Picture – Animated

The Croods: A New Age

Onward

Over the Moon

SoulWINNER

Wolfwalkers


Best Picture – Foreign Language

Another Round

La Llorona

The Life Ahead

MinariWINNER

Two of Us


Best Score – Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky

Ludwig Göransson, Tenet

James Newton Howard, News of the World

Atticuss Ross & Trent Reznor, Mank

Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor, SoulWINNER


Best Song – Motion Picture

“Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

“lo Sì (Seen),” The Life AheadWINNER

“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…

“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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