The 78e edition of the Golden Globes has reserved, Sunday February 28, its share of surprises and devotes Borat 2, Nomadland, while establishing the domination of the series The Crown. Deprived of champagne and red carpet, it was for the first time was partly virtual, straddling the traditional Beverly Hills hotel in California, with actress Amy Poehler as mistress of ceremonies, and the Rainbow Room in New York where her classmate Tina Fey has been joined by celebrities including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
An ultra-favorite against her competitors, Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao leaves with two prestigious awards: the Golden Globes for best director – becoming the first Asian woman to win this award – and that for best film for Nomadland. She tells the story of modern nomads, Americans living on the fringes of society who crisscross the United States in their vans.
Barbra Streisand was until then the only woman to have won the Golden Globe in this category, for the musical film. Yentl in 1984.
The evening thwarted some predictions. So, Mank, the feature film by David Fincher, produced by Netflix and directed in black and white, nominated six times, leaves empty-handed. Same thing for Chicago Seven, Aaron Sorkin’s drama about the repression of the demonstrations against the Vietnam War in 1968, which held the rope because of its very current theme.
Netflix comes out with its head held high
Unlike last year, Netflix is doing very well but mainly thanks to two series, The Crown and The Lady’s Game, which add up to five awards between them. In total, the platform, named 34 times, lands ten statuettes – its rival Amazon gets three.
British series The Crown received the Golden Globes for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series (Josh O’Connor who plays Prince Charles), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Emma Corrin who plays Princess Diana) and Best supporting female role (Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher).
On the miniseries side, it’s the Lady’s game, which follows a young chess prodigy, who obtains two Golden Globes (best miniseries and best actress in a miniseries for Anya Taylor-Joy).
The late Chadwick Boseman, best actor
If there was one award that was in doubt, it was Best Actor in a Dramatic Film awarded to the late Chadwick Boseman for his role in Ma Rainey’s Blues, the last work in which he turned before succumbing to cancer. The star revealed by Black panther Took it off against heavyweights like Anthony Hopkins, an unsuccessful eight-time Golden Globe nominee, and Gary Oldman. This posthumous title is not a first, Heath Ledger won the Golden Globes for best supporting actor for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight: The Dark Knight in 2009.
This ceremony, often criticized for its lack of diversity, also dedicated several black actors: in addition to the American Chadwick Boseman, the British Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting role in a film for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah and John Boyega for the series Small Ax.
This is also the case of Andra Day, who played a famous jazz singer in the 1940s, victim of multiple addictions and targeted by the American federal authorities, in Billie Holiday, a matter of state. To everyone’s surprise, she received the award for best actress in a dramatic film against established actresses such as Viola Davis or Frances McDormand.
British actress Rosamund Pike, meanwhile, won the award for best actress in a comedy for her role in the film. I Care A Lot, facing the favorite, the Bulgarian Maria Bakalova, who played the daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat 2
But satirical comedy does not leave empty-handed. British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, the creator of Borat whose sequel was produced by Amazon Studios, received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy, and the film won the award for Best Comedy.
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Favorite, despite controversy, Minari by American director Lee Isaac Chung received the award for best foreign language film, succeeding Parasite. The feature film, which tells the story of an American family of South Korean descent in search of a new life in the countryside, was automatically placed among foreign language films when many believed it was ‘he should have competed in the queen categories.
The coveted Golden Globes open the film awards season in Hollywood and also serve as a prediction tool for the Oscars. But this is a barometer all the more uncertain as they split the main categories (best film, best actor or actress) into “drama” and “comedy”.
Golden Globes 2021: the full list of the ceremony
- In cinema, the prize list includes:
Best Director: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for Chicago Seven
Best Dramatic Film: Nomadland by Chloé Zhao
Best Dramatic Actor: Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Blues
Best Dramatic Actress: Andra Day in Billie Holiday, a matter of state
Best Film (Comedy, Musical): Borat 2 by Jason Woliner
Best Actor (Comedy, Musical): Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat 2
Best Actress (Comedy, Musical): Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Supporting Actress: Jodie Foster in Designated guilty
Best Soundtrack: Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor for Drunk
Best Original Song: Io Si, from the film The life ahead
Best Foreign Language Film: Minari by Lee Isaac Chung
Best Animated Feature: Drunk from Pixar studios
- In television, the prize list includes:
Best Drama Series: The Crown
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O’Connor in The Crown
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Emma Corrin in The Crown
Best Series (Comedy, Musical): Welcome to Schitt’s Creek
Best Actor in a Series (Comedy): Jason Sudeikis for Ted lasso
Best Actress in a Series (Comedy): Catherine O’Hara for Welcome to Schitt’s Creek
Best miniseries: The Lady’s Game
Best Actor in a Miniseries: Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True
Best Actress in a Miniseries: Anya Taylor-Joy in The Lady’s Game
Best Supporting Actor: John Boyega in Small Ax
Best Supporting Actress: Gillian Anderson in The Crown