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The Golden Globes 2021

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) 78th Golden Globe Awards took place this year on Feb. 28, 2021, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST. Hosted by fantastic comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, each gave their opening monologue bicoastal: Poehler from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and Fey from the Rainbow Room in New York City. They poked fun at the distance as well as being virtual in an award ceremony setting. They highlighted a portion of the nominees in which the technology team was able to cut to live Zoom video feeds of said movie and television stars watching the ceremony from the comfort of their homes.

As they should have, Poehler and Fey highlighted the severe lack of diversity and representation in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as well as their disregard for nominating a more diverse pool of actors and crew members from underrepresented films or television series. Poehler mentioned specifically that “A number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked” by the HFPA. In addition to this, they mocked Sia’s movie Music by referring to it as a “flopperoony” and emphasizing the controversy of the casting decisions made.

Some of the selected winners of the 78th Golden Globe Awards were as follows:
Best Picture Drama: Nomadland
Best Picture Musical/Comedy: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Actress, Motion Picture Drama: Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)
Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Jodie Foster (The Mauritanian)
Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Best Director, Motion Picture: Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)
Best Animated Picture: Soul
Best Picture Foreign Language: Minari
Best Drama Series: The Crown
Best Musical/Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek
Best Television Motion Picture: The Queen’s Gambit

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is awarded each year to a recipient “for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” This year it was awarded to Jane Fonda, who has acted, written, and produced, as well as been nominated 15 times for Golden Globes and won eight. The Carol Burnett Award for Achievements in Television was awarded to Norman Lear, whose work, including shows such as All in the Family and Sanford and Son, has been groundbreaking for the television industry.

All in all, the Golden Globe Awards didn’t look the same as a normal year, but Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were still able to host and pull off a great award ceremony for those projects recognized this year.