Another year, another tacky award ceremony. That tends to be the trend nowadays when it comes to special award ceremonies like the Oscars or the Grammys. However, this year’s Golden Globes was more than just tacky, it was cringey to watch.
The opening monologue with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is a perfect example of the entire award show, where there are a couple of good and memorable moments, but all around just felt off. It was almost like if you watched the monologue outside of the context of the current state of the world there would be utter confusion.
While the constant quarantine/COVID-19 related jokes were starting to get annoying, Fey and Poehler did bring up how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has around 90 journalists and that none of them are Black. Even going as far as to call out the HFPA for their nominations and how they have constantly overlooked a plethora Black actor and projects. This call-out on the HFPA was impressive. I am glad it happened because this implies change for the future of the HFPA and maybe for the Golden Globes.
While it was nice seeing people like Daniel Kaluuya and Jason Sudeikis win their Golden Globes, there was a glaring technological issue with long, awkward moments of silence. Kaluuya’s audio cut out during his acceptance speech and he almost missed his opportunity to continue speaking. The whole show felt a little artificial with all the recorded segments explaining what the nomination was and then showing a short trailer for that nomination. One of the funniest moments during the award show happened when Tracy Morgan mispronounced the winner for best animated picture “Soul” as Sal.
Norman Lear was given the Carol Burnett Award, which was one of the biggest highlights of the entire awards. Starting with his emotional and inspiring acceptance speech about humility and how, despite being almost 99 years old, he has never felt alone.
The most notable wins in the Golden Globes were “Nomandland” winning Best Picture in a Motion Picture Drama and Best Director for a Motion Picture. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” won Best Picture for Comedy/Musical Motion Picture and Best Actor for a Comedy/Musical Motion Picture. “The Crown” won Best Drama Series, Best Television Actor for a Drama Series, Best Actress for a Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress in Television. “Schitt’s Creek” won Best Comedy/Musical Series and Best Television Actress for a Comedy/Musical Series.
Another notable win was Andra Day’s win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” with an energetic, heartwarming acceptance speech. But the biggest highlight of the entire Golden Globes was the late Chadwick Boseman’s win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
Boseman’s wife accepted the Golden Globe on his behalf and despite, “not having his words,” gave a heartfelt speech about her husband and what he would have said if he were there to accept the award.
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