This article titled “Golden Globes 2021: the winners, the speeches, the controversy – live” was written by Benjamin Lee, Hannah Marriott and Priya Elan, for theguardian.com on Monday 1st March 2021 02.48 UTC
An errrrmmm telemedicine sketch now? Okay. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carey Mulligan, Don Cheadle, Glenn Close, Tina Fey and others asking weird, unfunny questions to doctors. Ironically it arrives just after Fey and Poehler remarked on the viral moments from tonight’s show …
WINNER: Josh O’Connor (The Crown) – best actor in a drama series
Another acting win for awards magnet The Crown for a very surprised and pleased Josh O’Connor. It’s the first speech that is getting kind of played off by music which is awkward as he ends it by talking about mental health and arts employees out of work during a pandemic. Nice job guys.
WINNER: Rosamund Pike (I Care a Lot) – best actress in a musical or comedy film
Oh wow a big shock here. Many had expected Maria Bakalova to win for her incredible breakout performance in Borat 2 but Rosamund Pike slipped in at the end with her wonderfully icy turn in the pitch black Netflix movie I Care a Lot. She deserves it and is clearly overwhelmed by the win yet provides a smart speech with a nice jab aimed at Rudy Guiliani because why not. This will be a big boost for her best actress Oscar campaign as the category is still in question with voting starting this week.
Another necessary reminder that yep, we are watching an awards show during a deadly pandemic, with Sean Penn asking for more charitable contributions. The actor has been doing an incredible amount with his non-profit CORE, helping to provide more testing and vaccine facilities.
WINNER: Schitt’s Creek – best comedy series
The final season of the slow-burn hit Schitt’s Creek was always going to come out on top this year especially after a big night at the Emmys. Dan Levy uses his time to remind the HFPA to embrace more diversity.
WINNER: Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) – best actor in a comedy series
‘It’s great to be black, sorry back, at the Golden Globes” jokes presenter Sterling K Brown, who has been vocal in his frustration with the HFPA’s lack of diversity. It’s a strange rambling speech from Jason Sudeikis for his role in the sleeper hit Ted Lasso. He is wearing a hoodie and is half-reading from something and half-making disjointed stuff up. Don Cheadle even appears via his stream to tell him to wrap it up. Weird!
Woof now Kate Hudson is reminding us that Sia’s horribly offensive autism musical Music is up for best picture (musical or comedy).
Here’s why that’s a problem:
WINNER: Soul – best original score
Another award here for Pixar’s Soul and for Jon Batiste and Trent Reznor, an unlikely yet excellent duo. Presenter Tracy Morgan announced it as “Sal” which was or wasn’t a joke. Footage on the way.
WINNER: The Life Ahead – best original song
Awards magnet Diane Warren picking up an ward here for her song from Netflix drama The Life Ahead starring Sophia Loren. Justice for Her’s Judas song though!
WINNER: Emma Corrin (The Crown) – best actress in a drama series
The HFPA loves The Crown and they have decided to opt against their previous fave Olivia Colman to show some love to Emma Corrin and her excellent performance as Diana in the Netflix show. “You have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure,” Corrin says to actual Diana in her speech.
How did this happen?
John Boyega celebrating his win on Instagram live is really very charming:
A special award now for Norman Lear, a US sitcom treasure who elevated the art form and embedded important issues within primetime TV. Back in the 70s he was challenging racist views, misogyny and tackled difficult subjects on shows like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and One Day At a Time.
At 98 he is continuing to make television, including revivals of his classic shows. The progressive producer is accepting his award at home (with one of the slickest setups we’ve seen tonight (maybe pre-recorded). “I could not feel more blessed,” he says. Matching up parts of his speech to randomly selected nominees at home is a strange touch though and I guess it means they’ve been told to stay put for the entire ceremony? No accidentally empty sofa yet. Jason Sudeikis is wearing a hoodie, I can confirm.
Now Sarah Paulson with a horrifying reminder that The Prom is nominated for best musical or comedy. A truly cursed year.
Leaving this here:
Celebrity choice of background Zoom room continues to be fascinating:
Time for a skit now! Kenan Thompson and Maya Rudolph are giving a pretend speech for an award that doesn’t exist, aiming to show just how rambling acceptance speeches can often be. Kenan does an Adrien Brody homage with an inappropriate kiss while Maya goes straight for an Amy grope. Two of SNL’s most reliable performers (one ex and one current) and they’re as good as ever but it’s a little bit hard to create the right kind of energy without a big audience. Not sure if this will be as viral as they hope. Also Kenan was on SNL last night and now he’s in LA?? That’s commitment! Or something!
WINNER: Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7) – best screenplay
Unusual recognition for female screenwriters in this category which is good but ultimately Sorkin wins out for his script for the long-gestating fact-based drama. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing this film a lot more tonight. It’s easy, rousing awardsbait stuff and the HFPA will lap it up. More kids too.
WINNER: Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True) – best actor in a limited series, anthology series or TV movie
A tough category (Daniels! Grant! Cranston!) and while Ruffalo’s bleak HBO series might not have become the talking point many expected during the pandemic, it’s a performance that deserves recognition. Ruffalo’s speech is a plea for all of us to come together, especially with a focus on climate change and coming together after a divisive four years. Fun to see his kids leap into the background too.
Also lest we forget:
I’m expecting more unimpressed tweets like this from a hugely underwhelming HFPA moment just now…
Aaaand here’s our recent interview with winner Catherine O’Hara:
OK so time for something serious and necessary. “We recognise we have our own work to do,” a German HFPA member says before colleagues talk about the lack of black members being an issue. “We have more work to do” is thrown away before it wraps up with speed. It’s clumsy and last-minute and we’re gonna need a far more comprehensive plan on how they are going to change within the next week or the outrage will continue.
WINNER: Soul – best animated film
In a heinous year for animated movies, it was always going to be Soul’s win. It’s a speech told via a screen within a screen within a screen which is a headache but Soul deserved it by a mile.
WINNER: Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) – best actress in a TV comedy series
No surprise here – another award for Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek. Also not a surprise was yet more tech issues with some awful sound interruption as she stared to talk. Oh wait, it’s deliberate. Her husband is on his phone the whole time trying to get audience noises before trying to pretend play her off with music. A nice idea for a skit but man did it tank as we could barely hear what she was saying. No more of that please.
While accepting his much deserved award for Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya asked people to learn more about the real Fred Hampton. Here’s a fascinating piece we published recently giving a further insight into his life:
A spooky teaser of what’s to come as the nominees for best actress in a TV comedy all awkwardly make small talk with each other via screens. Horror!
WINNER: John Boyega (Small Axe) – best supporting actor on television
A useful reminder from presenter Angela Bassett about the safety precautions that have allowed tonight to happen. Another great win! John Boyega for his role in the Small Axe anthology and a rushed speech as he’s worried about his poor his wifi connection is. But the sound worked!
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) – best supporting actor in a film
Yikes what a disaster of an opener. A great win but errr there’s no sound initially for Kaluuya to talk via Zoom. Presenter Laura Dern talks him off but oh, then it starts working just as they told us it wasn’t going to happen as planned. What a mess. Kaluuya’s connection isn’t great but it’s a deserved win to start the night – a fantastic performance and Kaluuya ends with a tribute toward his character Fred Hampton and his hope that people will learn more about his incredible life as a result. But urgh Zoom.
Here we go
And so begins another strange semi-virtual awards ceremony in both a strange year for us all but also a strange year for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), under scrutiny for allegations of corruption as well as a lack of diversity with both their members and the performers they chose to nominate.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler arrive to masked audiences on different coasts, brought together by technology. There are early jokes about tech issues, met with weird laughter from a small handful of people (that’s gonna take some getting used to). It’s then revealed that the in-person crowd is made up of first responders – a nice touch.
“Those bitches are messy,” Fey says of the normal front tables of celebrities, such as Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt.
Ooh and here are some HFPA jokes (“European weirdos”), referring to the lack of diversity as well as the ridiculous nature of their membership (“most of them might be ghosts”).
Amy Poehler screaming the word Mank is fun followed up by Tina Fey calling The Queen’s Gambit “whatever James Corden was up to in The Prom” – hmmmm. Going to celebs sort of laughing at jokes at home is strange, especially when Fey calls “French Exit” what she did after episode one of Emily in Paris and Lily Collins looks uncomfortable.
They are now criticising the Globes for their lack of inclusivity again. It’s well-intentioned but not really working. The HFPA and NBC is donating $2m to Covid-19 relief which is something. But woof, a rough start.
Here’s a reminder of who is nominated for what and all that (it’s about to begin):
Is it a dress? It is a tuxedo? It’s both, and it’s another vote for the heartening micro-trend of tights on the red carpet by co-host Tina Fey. Nicely played.
One of the most talked about snubs of the evening is Michael Coel’s extraordinary drama I May Destroy You, last year’s most lauded show. Now, anyone who has kept a track of the Globes voting history won’t have been too surprised by this (quality isn’t usually part of the process) but it was still left a sour taste in the mouth.
Emily in Paris writer Deborah Copoaken summed up her, and many of our, thoughts rather well in this piece she wrote for us:
Amy Poehler looks as happy to be on the red carpet as I am to see her. What I like about this dress is that it looks like a Christmas elf refashioned in black sequins, and there is nothing that isn’t festive about that.
This is very “Cynthia Erivo as 80s sweets: a thread” and we love it. Dressed in Valentino couture this is a bold op-art referencing moment and we’re here for it.
Tina Fey has already said that tonight “doesn’t seem like a venue for political jokes” while she and Amy Poehler want to “make it a fun hang out for people at home – a stress reliever”.
Poehler has referred to the situation as “full-on weird” but is hoping the weirdness will “translate into something fun and interesting”.
As rubbish as the HFPA is in many ways, one good thing is the amount of free rein the hosts are always given to poke fun at anyone and everyone, including the HFPA themselves. This year more than ever they deserve a roast so fingers crossed.
After his Thom Browne kilt at the Emmys, Levy makes another wonderful menswear statement in a yellow Valentino suit, complete with disco top and Captain Fantastic platform shoes.
So the LA Times continued to report on the HFPA, including the fallout from their original pieces earlier this week. Yesterday, they covered internal emails which blamed part of the problem on their own bylaws (sure) as well as former HFPA president Meher Tatna, who said the group hadn’t had a black member for at least 20 years. It’s a mess and one that will take a huge amount of work on the HFPA’s part to start to fix and how they will address it tonight is to be seen but it will for sure be a part of the speeches.
And you thought the flower crown was persona non grata didn’t you? Well it turns out, it looks pretty magnificent if you wear if just below your shoulders. Joking asking, Karen from Mean Girls looks utterly wonderful in this Oscar De La Renta number.
Leslie Odom Jr
An exceptionally classy way to make neon polo necks happen. We love the muted pinks of the suit jacket off-set by the bovver boots too.
What started out as a strange season for awards-aiming fare has ultimately turned into a rather normal one with the standard mixture of biopics and issues-led films dominating. As ever the HFPA has some made some car crash decisions with their nominees this year (Sia’s deeply offensive autism musical Music nabbing two nods is among the most egregious mis-steps) making their thought process as messy and hard to predict as usual but here with his idea on who will triumph tonight is Peter Bradshaw:
Jared Leto wears a jumper
As far as we understand it (but this semi-WFH, semi-socially distant red carpet is confusing), this snap reveals Jared Leto’s WFH red carpet outfit. Wow. This is a man that went to the Met Ball holding a replica of his own head (by Gucci) a few years ago. Here he stands by a window and wears a nice rollneck jumper. He’s changed. Also: balayage!
Absolutely killing it in this midnight Vuitton suit. This is a look that pretty much says: “hi, this is my Bond audition, thank you.”
Andra Day who is nominated for her visceral performance playing Lady Day in Lee Daniels excellent The United States Vs Billie Holiday is wearing a beautiful Chanel dress tonight.
“I call Chanel ‘Channellliqua’,” she told Drew Barrymore (Day previously wore the fashion label at 2020’s Soul Train awards). “I’m saving Prada for another event.” Maybe one that rhymes with “Foskers”?
The gown is from the SS21 couture collection. Creative director Virginie Viard’s collection had a celebratory theme and some design flourishes that were directly inspired by Coco Chanel’s own craftsmanship. It’s a perfect choice not only because it references the 1930s, when Holliday was gaining popularity, but also because it’s a dress of two halves. The top says classical elegance and the bottom half is more playful. Appropriate for the duality within Holliday herself.
The understandable outrage over the LA Times expose and the fact that there isn’t a single black member in the HFPA has been rumbling on, prompting input from Time’s Up, who created a graphic that has since been shared by celebrities including Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer, Jennifer Aniston and Sterling K Brown.
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo also posted an open letter on Instagram. “Let’s show our black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs we have created,” she wrote. “Now is not a time to be silent. We have a real action item here let’s get it done.”
Ava DuVernay expressed surprise that people are expressing surprise over the lack of diversity (it’s not exactly been a secret for a long time) while the HFPA will reportedly address the problem during the ceremony tonight. Let’s see how far they take it.
What’s confusing about this year’s Golden Globes red carpet is it’s only a red carpet for the presenters. For the nominees this is a WFH situation, so here’s Josh O’Conner – the man who made Prince Charles briefly fanciable – standing in front of some curtains. He looks incredibly dapper in a Byronic kind of way in this Loewe suit. He is able to wear cream trousers, too, which is one of the advantages of being home near some Vanish and a washing machine.
This year, and try not to get too upset about this, gifting suites have been forced out of expensive hotel suites and onto the street outside of expensive hotels instead.
The strange, here’s some soap and a luxury cruise ship vacation, ritual that sees rich stars get given stuff they could otherwise afford, was made even stranger this year. Buuuuut to make the practice slightly less gross this year, 10 first responders have also been given some swag. Included this year is an active $149 bluetooth mask (?) as well as, for some, a trip to Bali.
Often downgraded as the lesser half of the night, it’s easy to forget that the Globes is also a celebration of the small screen, something that’s become a standard joke at this stage (Fey and Poehler will almost certainly reference it at some point).
But this year more than ever, we’ve watched a ton more shows than we have movies so perhaps that’s about to change? Here’s Adrian Horton bravely guessing who and what might come out on top:
Greetings from the fashion team! Hannah Marriott and Priya Elan here, blowing the dust off our critical faculties, as it has been a while since we had a red carpet to appraise. Let’s start with presenter Margot Robbie, in tiered and belted Chanel – look 3 from the spring/summer 21 catwalk, I believe. She looks great. Personally I am just happy to have an outfit to look at that is not my own sweatpants.
The past few years have seen divisive discussion around whether an awards show host is even necessary anymore. Recent examples – Ricky Gervais, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel – haven’t exactly inspired us to want anything more than a robot announcing winners but when trying to recall the last great example, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stand out far from the rest.
The pair have hosted three times before, managing to be sharp without being too mean, deftly skewering both the industry as well the Globes itself and as eye-rolling as a lot of tonight may be, they should provide us with some worthwhile moments.
Here’s a reminder of their best:
The group of 87 international journalists has long been ridiculed by the industry for being a small and questionable yet strangely influential cabal, plagued by rumours of bribery and accused of opting for the allure of star power over the recognition of genuine talent. By this stage, anyone switching on the Globes and expecting a fair and balanced review of the last year is high on something but these recent reveals have uncovered more alleged corruption and issues than any of us were aware of.
Here are some of the key findings:
- Out of the 87 members, not a single one is black
- The HFPA is a non-profit organisation yet in the last fiscal year, members reportedly collected nearly $2m in payments from the group, something that could lead to trouble with the IRS
- More than 30 members were flown to Paris to promote the show Emily in Paris and were treated to a luxury stay (the show ended up with two nominations)
- Many of the members write for obscure outlets and publicists are reportedly forced to work with them out of fear of being punished by the HFPA at large
- Members include a wealthy socialite and a bodybuilder-turned-actor
- Members have also been disciplined for selling freebies sent by publicists as well as tickets to the ceremony itself
Going for gold
Arriving almost two months later than usual, this year’s Golden Globes ceremony is about to kick off a strange awards season with controversy, confusion and a refreshing amount of unpredictability.
It tends to be the looser, drunker, sillier awards show of the year with hosts and presenters taking it about as seriously as we should. Tonight shall be an even weirder one than usual: the hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (praise be), and presenters will be in person on the east and west coasts while all nominees will be at home. It sort of kind of worked for the Emmys last year, even with a less surer emcee, and almost a year into the pandemic, things should technically be slickly handled tonight, everyone a lot more confident with the intricacies of virtual life.
Predicted winners include Carey Mulligan, the late Chadwick Boseman and a least one person from The Crown, but success will come with a shadow. For years many of us have known that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a strange group of 87 tenuously labelled journalists, have been a bit of a joke, doling out awards to undeserving winners, more impressed with celebrity than talent, but a recent Los Angeles Times expose has shown us an even darker side (more on that later).
It’ll be interesting to see how Fey and Poehler handle this tonight, if at all, but the increased scrutiny will add an edge to the evening for sure. Stick with us for what passes as a red carpet in 2021, all of the many winners, the easily chopped off at-home speeches and any further controversy that arises. It’ll be a unique one.
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