Nomadland, satire Borat win top Golden Globes

The Crown sweeps Golden Globes for TV

DRAMA Nomadland and satire Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won movie honors at the Golden Globes on Sunday in a mostly virtual bicoastal ceremony that was marked by pandemic conditions and calls for more diversity.

Nomadland, a moving drama about van dwellers in recession-hit America from Searchlight Pictures, also took the best director prize for Chinese-born Chloe Zhao. It made Ms. Zhao only the second woman to win at the Globes in that category, and the first woman director of Asian descent to win.

Sacha Baron Cohen, the creator of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm from Amazon Studios was named best comedy movie actor, while Andra Day was a surprise winner for playing singer Billie Holliday in The United States vs Billie Holliday.

The Korean-American movie Minari, about an immigrant family starting a farm in rural America in the 1980s, won best foreign language movie.

British royal drama The Crown, comedy Schitt’s Creek, and limited-series chess saga The Queen’s Gambit won the top awards in television.

Actors Emma Corrin, who played a young Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles, and Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher, in the Netflix royal series were also winners.

A surprised Ms. Corrin, 25, said, “Thank you so much to Diana. You taught me compassion and empathy.”

Dan Levy, the co-creator of Schitt’s Creek, called the best comedy series win a “lovely acknowledgement” of the show’s message of inclusion.

Jason Sudeikis, wearing a hoodie, was equally taken aback by his best comedy actor win for TV series Ted Lasso, about an American football coach who gets a soccer job in London. “That’s nuts,” he said. “That’s crazy. Wow!”

Netflix period drama Mank, about the screenwriter of Citizen Kane, had gone into Sunday’s show with a leading six nods but ended the night empty-handed.

Aaron Sorkin won the Golden Globe for best screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7, while British actress Rosamund Pike was awarded best comedy actress for the movie I Care a Lot.

Elsewhere, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, whose death at 43 of an undisclosed battle with cancer stunned fans, won a posthumous best movie actor Golden Globe for his last performance in period jazz drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

British actors Daniel Kaluuya and John Boyega, and animated movie Soul were among other diverse winners chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which has been lambasted for having no Black people among its 87 members.

Members of the HFPA appeared on Sunday’s show and pledged to do better.

Mr. Kaluuya won the movie supporting actor Golden Globe for his role as Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Mr. Boyega won TV supporting actor in the Small Axe series about life as a Black person in 1970s London. Soul, the first Pixar movie to have a Black character in the lead, was named best animated movie and won best score.

WEBCAMS AND GOWNS
The usual chummy gathering of A-listers at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills was replaced by webcams in the homes of glammed-up celebrities, small physical audiences made up of masked frontline workers, and a skit about self-involved celebrities consulting doctors with their coronavirus concerns.

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosting from New York and Los Angeles respectively, opened the show with a series of jokes at the expense of the HFPA.

“We all know awards shows are stupid,” said Fey. “Even in stupid things, inclusivity is important and there are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I realize HFPA maybe you guys didn’t get the memo … but you’ve got to change that.”

JANE FONDA HONORED FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
American actress and activist Jane Fonda received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, marking a career in film and television and at the forefront of social issues over some 60 years.

Fonda, 83, made an impassioned plea for diversity while accepting her award, saying storytelling was central to mutual human understanding.

“There is a story we have been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in our industry, a story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out,” said Ms. Fonda, who accepted her award dressed in a white pantsuit and long sparkling earrings.

“After all, art has always been not just in step with history, but has led the way,” she said. “So let’s be leaders.”

Ms. Fonda made her professional debut in 1960 on Broadway and on screen and went on to become one of the biggest movie stars of the 1960s and 1970s with films like Barbarella and Klute and later On Golden Pond and 9 to 5.

Her most recent appearances have been in the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie in which she and Lily Tomlin play older women finding new life after divorce.

Ms. Fonda is also known as a political activist, earning the nickname Hanoi Jane for her campaigns against the Vietnam War in the 1970s. She later campaigned against the Iraq War in 2003, and in recent years has held “Fire Drill Fridays” protests highlighting the dangers of global warming.

The daughter of late actor Henry Fonda and sister of late actor Peter Fonda has won two Oscars and seven Golden Globes.

Ms. Fonda was presented with the Cecil B. Demille award, which is bestowed at the Golden Globes annually to celebrate the recipient’s lasting impact on the film industry. — Reuters

 


Key winners at the 2021 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes for film and television, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were handed out at a virtual ceremony on Sunday hosted by comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Following is a list of winners in key categories:

MOVIES

• Best Drama: Nomadland

• Best Comedy or Musical: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

• Best Actor, Drama: Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

• Best Actress, Drama: Andra Day — The United States vs. Billie Holiday

• Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Sacha Baron Cohen — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

• Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot

• Best Director: Chloé Zhao — Nomadland

• Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya — Judas and the Black Messiah

• Best Supporting Actress: Jodie Foster — The Mauritanian

• Best Animated Film: Soul

• Best Foreign Language Film: Minari (USA)

TELEVISION

• Best TV Drama Series: The Crown

• Best TV Comedy/Musical Series: Schitt’s Creek

• Best Actor, TV Drama: Josh O’Connor — The Crown

• Best Actress, TV Drama: Emma Corrin — The Crown

• Best Actor, TV Comedy/Musical: Jason Sudeikis — Ted Lasso

• Best Actress, TV Comedy/Musical: Catherine O’Hara  Schitt’s Creek

• Best TV Movie or Limited Series: The Queen’s Gambit  Reuters

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