2021 Golden Globes recap

By Parker Otto

The Annual Golden Globe Awards took place at dual venues in New York City and Los Angeles, honoring the best in film and television. While much controversy has been made about the lack of diversity in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the awards and is all white, the awards themselves were justly given to remarkably talented people.

On the side of film, “Nomadland” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” won the awards for Best Motion Picture, with the former winning in the Drama category, and the latter in Musical or Comedy. 

Director Chloé Zhao also picked up the award for Best Director for “Nomadland,” making her the second woman to receive the award. This year’s ceremony saw a record-breaking three women nominated for the award: Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” Regina King for “One Night in Miami…” and Zhao for “Nomadland,” with the latter two being women of color. Zhao’s win not only promises future awards, such as an Oscar, but also makes the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Eternals” more enticing.

Many deserving actors won awards for film including Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Andra Day for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and Sacha Baron Cohen for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” But the award everyone was looking forward to was the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

The late Chadwick Boseman was nominated for his role as Levee Green in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and won. His wife gave an incredibly touching speech detailing who Boseman would have thanked if he hadn’t tragically died of colon cancer in August. Along with Peter Finch for “Network” and Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight,” he is the third actor to have won a posthumous Golden Globe and, since Finch and Ledger won posthumous Oscars, Boseman could be looking at a well-deserved Academy Award.

On the television side, “The Crown” was the big winner of the night with four awards for Best Television Series – Drama, as well as statues for Josh O’Conner, Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson for their portrayals of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, respectively. With many people loving shows about British politics, “The Crown” has managed to fill up the hole “Downton Abbey” left behind and exceeded all expectations.

Comedy series “Schitt’s Creek” and Netflix mini-series “The Queen’s Gambit” also won two awards each with “Schitt’s Creek” winning Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and “The Queen’s Gambit” winning Best Miniseries or Television Film. Both of the series’ leading women, Catherine O’Hara and Anya Taylor-Joy, won Golden Globes for Best Actress in their respective categories.

As for the Cecil B. Demille and Carol Burnett awards, which honor lifetime achievement in film and television, they were given to award winning actress Jane Fonda and television producer/writer Norman Lear. Among Fonda’s roles include her acclaimed work in “Klute,” “Coming Home” and “On Golden Pond.” Lear has made some of the most groundbreaking television shows of the 1970s including “All In The Family,” which comedically explored societal issues.

Overall, the Golden Globes were justly given; however, in the future, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association must display the same level of diversity, which is being seen in the films and series they vote on.