Golden Globes Updates: ‘Nomadland’ Takes Best Picture, ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ Tops Comedy

Hollywood’s awards season kicked off tonight with the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, a socially distanced show celebrating the best in television and film in a year when production has been disrupted (like much else) by the pandemic. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the show remotely—with Fey in New York City’s Rainbow Room and Poehler at the Beverly Hilton Hotel—while nominees joined via video conference from their homes and hotel rooms. We tracked the results.

Tina Fey attends the 78th Annual Golden Globe® Awards at The Rainbow Room in New York City

Nomadland, an intimate film about a woman who finds herself unmoored after losing her husband, her job and her home, took home the Golden Globe for best picture.

Director Chloe Zhao acknowledged Jessica Bruder, who wrote the book on which the film was adapted, and its lead actress, Frances McDormand.

“Nomadland at its core for me is a pilgrimage through grief and healing,” she said. “So for everyone that has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives, this is for you.”


Sacha Baron Cohen skewered the Rudy Giuliani and the Hollywood Foreign Press in accepting a pair of Golden Globes — one for best comedy, for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and another for best actor.

Cohen acknowledged the “all-white Hollywood foreign press” and his co-star, Rudi Giuliani, who “turned out to be a comedy genius.” He referenced the indiscreet hotel room encounter with an actress playing Borat’s daughter, which reverberated through the press, as one of a string of “comedy hits,” including his press conference in front of Four Seasons Landscaping.

He acknowledged the work of his crew, who risked arrest and Covid infection to release the movie before the election, to show the danger of lies and conspiracies.

Cohen directly lampooned Donald Trump, and his unproven claims of election fraud, when he received the acting award, quipping, “Donald Trump is contesting the result. He’s claiming that a lot of dead people voted — which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA.”

Andra Day won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, Motion Picture-Drama for starring in The United States vs Billie Holliday. She thanked the singer in her acceptance speech. “She transformed me with her spirit.” The role was Day’s first star-turn in a film. She became the second Black person to win the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama. The first and only other winner was Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple in 1986, 35 years ago.

Chloé Zhao won the award for Best Director, Motion Picture for her film Nomadland. Her film depicts the life of America’s nomad community, who she thanked in her speech. “This is why I fell in love with making movies and telling stories,” she said accepting the award. “It gives us a chance to laugh and cry together, it gives us a chance to learn from each other and have more compassion for each other.” Zhao is the second woman and first woman of color to ever win the award.

Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit took home both awards that it was nominated for, with star Anya Taylor-Joy winning Best Actress in a Television Limited Series/Anthology/TV Motion Picture and the series winning the Best Television Limited Series category. The show about an orphaned chess player who abuses drugs was among the streaming platform’s most-watched series of last year. “You’re the only one I know who could bring the sexy back to chess,” executive producer William Horberg said when he accepted the series award.

Chadwick Boseman won posthumous honors for his performance in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

The late Chadwick Boseman won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a hotheaded cornet player in a film adapted from August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife gave a tearful and poignant acceptance speech, saying if her husband were able, he would say, “something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of us that tells you you can, tells you to keep going.”

Jodie Foster won a Golden Globe for supporting actress for her portrayal of a defense attorney in the 9/11 drama The Mauritian. A shocked Foster responded, “I think you made a mistake — I’m a little speechless. I just never expected to be here again.”

The Crown won its fourth award of the night when Gillian Anderson took home a trophy for playing Margaret Thatcher in the show’s fourth season. The show won in every category for which it was nominated. Her performance as the prime minister—complete with Thatcher’s notable accent and hair—presented a political counterpoint to the story of the British royal family.

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Jane Fonda called for systemic change in Hollywood as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shouting out films and series like One Night In Miami, Ramy, I May Destroy You and more, Fonda said the works have changed her perspective by deepening her empathy for Black and Muslim Americans and sexual violence survivors.

“Stories, they really can change people,” Fonda said. “But there’s a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry; a story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out; a story about who’s offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made.” She continued, “So let’s all of us, including the groups who decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards, let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard.”

Reported by Abigail Freeman.

The Crown wins the Golden Globe for best drama

The Crown won its third award of the night when it took home the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. The show has been nominated for the top television award for each of its four seasons, but hasn’t won since its first season in 2017. Stars Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin, who play Prince Charles and Princess Diana, also won awards.

Minari wins Golden Globe for best foreign language film

The critically acclaimed ‘Minari’ took home a Golden Globe for best foreign language film. The movie, about a Korean family chasing their American dream in 1980s Arkansas was disqualified from best-picture consideration because much of the film’s dialog was delivered in Korean – a decision that stirred controversy. The film’s director, Lee Isaac Chung, obliquely referenced the stir in his acceptance speech, saying the film speaks the language of the heart, “I hope we can all learn to speak the language — especially this year.

Josh O’Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Netflix’s The Crown. He plays Prince Charles opposite Emma Corrin’s Princess Diana; Corrin also snagged a Globe for her work in the series. He was previously known for starring in the film God’s Own Country, for which he picked up a series of awards.

Daniel Levy accepted the Golden Globe award for best comedy

After sweeping the comedy awards at the 2020 Emmy Awards, Schitt’s Creek took television’s top comedy prize at the Golden Globes. The Canadian series, which was created by father-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy, beat out Emily in Paris—a controversial nominee given the show’s poor reviews and the fact that Netflix flew HFPA members to Paris for a luxurious set visit as part of its awards campaign. “This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages Schitt’s Creek has come to stand for,” Daniel Levy said in his acceptance speech, before commenting on the HFPA’s lack of diversity. “The idea that inclusion can bring about growth…in the spirit of inclusion. I hope next year this ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of the film and television being made today.”

Jason Sudeikis wins the Golden Globe for comedy actor in Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis won the Golden Globe award for best actor in a television comedy for his popular fish-out-of-water portrayal of a college football coach who finds himself coaching a different kind of football — an English Premier League team.

Wearing a hoodie and an amused expression, the actor quoted the super-serious Russian writer Tolstoy’s three questions: when is the best time to act, what is the right thing to do and who is best suited to do it.

“I reject the premise of being he best actor,” he said. “The best actor is the person you’re acting with.” Or, he could have simply danced around his living room, screaming, “Gooooooal.

Emma Corrin wins a Golden Globe for her role as Princess Diana in “The Crown”

Emma Corrin won her first Golden Globe Award ever for her portrayal of Princess Diana on the fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown. In the series, she portrays a troubled Diana, navigating the spotlight of a ferocious media, an eating disorder and the traditions of the British royal family. “Thank you so much to Diana,” she said as she accepted the award. “You have taught me compassion and empathy.” Her performance was highly anticipated, as it marked the series’ first performance of the beloved princess.

Mark Ruffalo won the award for best actor in a limited series for his portrayal of twin brothers in the HBO limited series, I Know This Much Is True, a story of one sibling who struggles to care for his mentally ill brother.

The actor, who previously received an Emmy for this performance, acknowledged his director for “leading with the ideal that humanity, however it comes — beautiful, ugly, inspiring, sad.” He called the story, adapted from Wally Lamb’s best-seller, the story of America, its brokenness and its promise.

“At 54 years, it is my humble belief that what will give all the sadness and loss that we’ve all lived through meaning is our common humanity, what connects us, is greater than what keeps us apart,” Ruffalo said in accepting the award.

Daniel Kaluuya wins best supporting actor for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black … [+]

For one horrible moment, it looked as if Daniel Kaluuya would be deprived of an acceptance speech for winning best supporting actor in Judas And The Black Messiah — but the actor did find his voice.

Kaluuya invoked late rapper Nipsey Hustle in speaking about the role as Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, “Man, this took it out of me. I did everything,” he said. “Like the great Nipsey Hustle says we’re here to give until we’re empty.”

The actor, who came to prominence in Get Out, said he hoped the film teaches generations how brilliantly the leader spoke, loved and fought — not just how he died.

Gregg Donovan holds a sign in support of the “Time’s Up Globes” movement outside the Beverly Hilton … [+]

On video chat from across the country, comedians and veteran hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the Golden Globes with a monologue that poked fun at the disrupted release schedule, the blurred lines between film and television, and Quentin Tarantino’s reported foot fetish. Rather than celebrities, first responders filled the audiences at Rainbow Room and Beverly Hilton Hotel. “We are so grateful for the work you do, and are grateful you’re here so celebrities can stay safely at home,” joked Tina Fey.

The pair also covered the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lack of diversity: The 87-member group who bestows the awards has zero Black members. Fey and Poehler urged HFPA to change, and mentioned the Black actors and creators left out. “Award shows are stupid. They are all a scam put on by Big Red Carpet.” Throughout the monologue, the broadcast switched to celebrities at home.

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