A Golden Globes to Remember: The Hits and Misses

Written by: Ignacio

Edited by: Megh

Visual by: Sarah

2021’s Golden Globe Awards was the 78th rendition of (arguably) the most prestigious award ceremony for those involved in the film and TV industry. Despite the pandemic, an effort was made through strict social distancing protocols to hold a (partially) live iteration of the iconic awards, and safe to say, they were as good as any other year. Whether it was the live audience being composed of first responders and essential workers, David Fincher taking shots after every loss, or the late Chadwick Boseman receiving an award for his final movie, this year’s ceremony was composed of memorable highlights. Thankfully, BT has compiled the best moments for you below:

The Hits:

 1) Awarding The Best of the Best:

The Golden Globe’s most notable awards consisted of those awarded the top TV shows and films from a series of different genres. The most recognizable ones from this year include the “Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture” award, which was given out to the controversial “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” for its grimy and witty commentary on American culture. Its raw uncensored comedy subverts the typical staged comedy of most films and reveals America in a way that only Borat could pull off. Furthermore, in a groundbreaking win, the “Best Foreign Language Film” was handed to “Minari”, a drama following a Korean family that relocates to Arkansas in order to find their own ‘American Dream’. Its rise to critical acclaim marks the second major Korean movie to make it big on the world stage. Following 2019’s “Parasite”, “Minari” shows a rise in popularity of Korean culture that expands beyond just the big screen.

2) David Fincher’s shots:

David Fincher’s directorial dramedy “Mank” had, by far the most nominations at this year’s Golden Globes, totaling a whopping 6 nominations. Despite this incredible feat, “Mank” and Fincher failed to bring home a single award. However, the important part of “Mank’s” Golden Globe run was how Fincher carried himself after every loss. Instead of smiling and clapping like other nominees, Fincher raised a cheer to the winner and proceeded to take a shot. Much like his films, David Fincher’s reaction was dark, charming, and attention-grabbing.

3) Chadwick Boseman’s final award:

Perhaps the most heartwarming moment of the night was when the late Chadwick Boseman — known for his role as the “Black Panther” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — posthumously won best “Actor in a Drama Motion Picture” for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, a musical drama produced by Netflix. Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award, giving an emotional speech about her late husband, stating that “he would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, ‘You can.’” She also thanked Boseman’s co-stars and director George C. Wolfe for their work on the film. 

The Misses:

  1. The Association’s Lack of Diversity

Despite the ceremony’s highlights, not all of it was flowers and roses. The Golden Globes and Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) received plenty of criticism due to the lack of diversity within the association; Actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, hosts of the Golden Globe Awards, made jabs at the exclusivity of the institution, criticising it for being “made up of around 90 international no-black journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life.” The HFPA responded to the criticism stating that “we understand that we need to bring in black members as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.” Hopefully, next year’s Golden Globes will continue this trend of activism, as they’ve been a shimmer of light and fun in what has been one of the toughest years for people all around the globe. 

All in all, the 78th iteration of the Golden Globes, despite its many restrictions and limitations due to COVID-19, was one to remember. 

Works Cited

Winners & Nominees 2021. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees

Variety. (2021, February 27). Golden globes criticized for absence of black Hollywood foreign press members. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/awards/golden-globes-criticized-absence-black-hollywood-foreign-press-members-rcna320

Column: What to do about the Golden Globes? (2021, February 28). Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-02-28/golden-globes-controversy-hfpa-media-respond

NBC. (2021, February 28). Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s opening monologue – 2021 Golden Globes. Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOzOXMfG3GQ