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The 2021 Golden Globes Awards aired last night after being delayed for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the bicoastal virtual event, where the winners were announced. Find them below.
Best Motion Picture — Drama
Nomandland, which stars Frances McDormand, won last night’s top award, Best Motion Picture in the Drama category. The film has received critical acclaim for its story and cinematography, with much praise given to director Chloé Zhao. Nomadland has also been hailed for its Western road-trip narrative and its story of loss, grief, and economic upheaval.
Best Director — Motion Picture
For Nomadland, Zhao became the first woman of Asian descent to win Best Director. Zhao, a China-born filmmaker, is the second woman in Golden Globes history to win Best Director, after Barbra Streisand’s 1984 win for Yentl.
Zhao’s nomination, alongside those of Emerald Fennell and Regina King, marked the first time in six years that a woman was nominated in the Best Director category. This year was also the first time in Golden Globes history that three women were nominated.
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, one of the few movies nominated that were filmed partially during the pandemic, won Best Motion Picture in the Comedy or Musical category. Sacha Baron Cohen also won Best Actor in a Comedy.
In Cohen’s acceptance speech, he humorously called out the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA), the organization that votes for the nominees, for having a lack of diversity. He also thanked Rudy Guiliani for surprisingly being a comedic genius.
Best Television Series — Drama
The Crown, a period drama about Queen Elizabeth’s II reign, won Best Television Series in the Drama category. For her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, Gillian Anderson also received the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a series, limited series, or motion picture in the Drama category.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Some critics predicted that the HFPA would follow suit with the Emmys, and they were right. Catherine O’Hara, who starred in the recently ended and much-beloved sitcom Schitt’s Creek, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series in the Musical or Comedy category. O’Hara also won an Emmy for her performance last year, as did Schitt’s Creek’s three other starring actors. Additionally, Schitt’s Creek won Best Best Television Series in the Comedy category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Last night, comedian and actor Jason Sudeikis won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, for his titular character in the sports comedy Ted Lasso. The show has been among the most acclaimed of recent times, especially for Sudeikis’ performance, making his win feel all the more deserved.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chadwick Boseman posthumously won his first Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture in the Drama category for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The movie was his last performance and was released posthumously after Boseman passed away in August. Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on her husband’s behalf.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Singer-songwriter and actress Andra Day won Best Actress in a Motion Picture in the Drama category for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the film United States vs. Billie Holiday. Day is only the second Black woman ever to win this award, 35 years after Whoopi Goldberg’s win for The Color Purple.
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