The 2021 Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was not the usual pomp and circumstance we have to come to expect from such awards. Both Fey and Poehler were hosting from separate spaces (Fey from the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center in New York and Poehler from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles), and the people in attendance weren’t the celebrities in question. As Fey herself put it, they were the “smoking-hot first responders and essential workers”.
Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm came out on top, with Nomadland winning Zhao Best Director in a motion picture as well as Best Picture for the Drama category, while Baron Cohen won Best Actor for his portrayal of Borat, and the film itself won Best Picture for the Musical/Comedy category. Rosamund Pike took home the Best Actress for Musical/Comedy for I Care A Lot (much deserved after not winning for Gone Girl), with Chadwick Boseman winning the Best Actor posthumously for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The Best Actress for the Drama category was a bit of a surprise, with Andra Day beating out heavyweights like Frances McDormand and Viola Davies to take home the prize. It was the same with the Supporting Actress award, which went to Jodie Foster for The Mauritanian. Foster does a competent job in the film, but in comparison to Olivia Coleman in The Father, or even Amanda Seyfried for Mank, her performance didn’t really make much of an impact.
Soul was another big winner this year, winning Best Animated Film as well as Best Original Score, while Minari took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film. Lastly, Aaron snagged the Best Screenplay award for The Trial of the Chicago 7.
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