Well, that was something.
Sunday’s Golden Globes were even more unpredictable and chaotic than usual, thanks in large part to the show’s hybrid virtual format. The three-hour ceremony was plagued by frequent sound issues and awkward small talk between nominees over Zoom, with fashion ranging from jaw-dropping gowns (Amanda Seyfried) to tie-dye hoodies (Jason Sudeikis). The telecast took on an even more casual feel than years past, as nominees appeared from their homes with friends, partners, kids and dogs, and some imbibed throughout the event. (“Mank” director David Fincher could be seen taking shots when his film lost.)
Amid the mayhem were some genuinely terrific moments, as “Nomadland” drove off with the night’s biggest award for best drama, and Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”) and Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) appeared genuinely surprised by their unexpected acting wins. Here are more of the best and worst moments from the show, which was hosted bicoastally by Tina Fey in New York and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles.
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BEST: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s opening monologue
You hardly noticed Fey and Poehler were on different coasts in their wonderfully biting opening monologue, which hilariously roasted everyone from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” director/writer Aaron Sorkin (“He can have seven men talking, but it feels like 100 men talking”) to James Corden (” ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is whatever James Corden was up to in ‘The Prom’ “). They also used their platform to address the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lack of Black voting members. “Maybe you guys didn’t get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s, but you’ve got to change that,” Fey said. “So here’s to changing it.”
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WORST: The HFPA barely responds to diversity backlash
Shortly after Fey and Poehler eviscerated the Globes, saying they honor “flashy garbage,” HPFA members took the stage for an uncomfortable and vague response to the organization’s lack of diversity, but offered no details on how the organization plans to rectify that. “We recognize we have our own work to do,” said HFPA vice president Helen Hoehne. “Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization.” Added the group’s president Ali Sar: “That means creating an environment where diversity is the norm, not an exception.”
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BEST AND WORST: Daniel Kaluuya conquers Zoom mishap, toasts Bill Murray
The first award of the night got off to a cringe-worthy start, when Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” He started to talk but was apparently on mute, so presenter Laura Dern accepted the honor for him. Just when it seemed the show would move on without him, Kaluuya came back on Zoom, saying, “You’re doing me dirty, you’re doing me dirty! Is this on? Can you hear me now?”
The British actor proceeded to give a moving speech about playing Illinois Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton in the film, describing how he “gave everything” to his performance. He ended by virtually toasting a glass of champagne to his fellow nominees, including a Hawaiian shirt-clad Bill Murray (“On the Rocks”), who smilingly raised a martini.
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BEST: Chadwick Boseman’s widow pays heartbreaking tribute to the ‘Black Panther’ star
Boseman, who shockingly died last August of colon cancer at age 43, posthumously won best actor for his career-best turn in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, tearfully accepted the accept on behalf of her late husband. “He would thank God, he would thank his parents, he would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” she said. “I don’t have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate all the ones we love. So thank you HFPA for this opportunity to do exactly that. And honey, you keep ’em coming.”
BEST: Lee Isaac Chung gives sweet speech with help from daughter
The cutest moment of the night was undoubtedly from Chung, accepting the prize for best foreign language film for “Minari.” The filmmaker was hugged tightly by his young daughter when the award was announced, as she said, “I prayed! I prayed!” The Korean-American drama was controversially placed in the foreign film category, despite being a story set in Arkansas about pursuing the American dream. ” ‘I just want to say that ‘Minari’ is about a family. It’s a family trying to learn how to speak a language of its own,” Chung said in his speech. “It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart.”