The COVID-19 pandemic changed the 78th Golden Globes ceremony in many ways, including the winners’ traditional appearances before the press after receiving their statuettes.
Happy winners still had the chance to share their thoughts Sunday, but it came via virtual pressroom, not the crowded Beverly Hilton ballroom where the gathering usually takes place.
The virtual hub, which featured each winner speaking to screens of reporters, had its share of connection glitches. Or, as Globe winner Daniel Kaluuya put it during a mix-up in his chat with a questioner: “We really need 5G In this world. This (stuff) is crazy!”
Appearing in a mixture of formal and casual dress from hotel rooms around the world (and sometimes their living rooms), stars took time to reflect on their victories. Here’s the best of what the winners had to say.
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Andra Day had her cake and wanted to eat it, too
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” star was all smiles backstage after giving an emotional acceptance speech for best actress in a drama. Day said she was going to celebrate with cake.
“I’ve been on a diet for three years for this role,” she said, noting that there was cake nearby. “We’re just going to eat so much food. We’re very hungry.”
As for what jazz legend Billie Holiday would have thought of her win for director Lee Daniels’ movie, Day said it would not be printable.
“She had a Ph.D. in cussing,” Day laughed, giving an unprintable sample. “That’s just how she was. She’d say ‘Lee Daniels and Andra Day, that’s my award, (expletive)!’ “
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Jason Sudeikis had no beef with Don Cheadle’s wrap-up signal
Jason Sudeikis, who won best actor for “Ted Lasso,” got long winded during his acceptance speech. It got to the point where fellow nominee Don Cheadle gave a wrap-up signal while sharing the screen with Sudeikis to end the speech.
But backstage, Sudeikis laughed off gesture from his fellow actor from Kansas City, Missouri.
“Hey that’s just Kansas City love,” Sudeikis said. “He knew I’d listen to him. That’s all that is. A lot of people don’t know that he’s an excellent stage manager as well as an American acting icon. The guy’s got chops.”
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Gillian Anderson enjoyed Margaret Thatcher’s leftovers
Gillian Anderson, who won for television supporting actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown,” recalled an amusing detail about the British prime minister’s life.
“One of the most enjoyable tidbits was the fact that she not only cooked food for her Cabinet members in the flat above No. 10 Downing St., but the dish that we see her cooking them in the series is actually comprised of leftovers,” she said. “That’s quite extraordinary that she’s serving family leftovers to her male Cabinet ministers in her apartment above No. 10. I enjoyed that one.”
Anderson also provided the evening’s most succinct answer to a question about whether there was any chance she would do any more episodes of “The X-Files”: “Oh, gosh. No.”
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Rosamund Pike happily gets ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go’
Rosamund Pike, speaking to reporters virtually while wearing a bright red Molly Goddard dress with a billowing skirt, didn’t let the isolated nature of the pandemic Globes keep her from dressing up.
“I did have some more sensible options, but then I thought this is an outlying year, it calls for outlying options. You’ve got to express what it feels like to be all dressed up with nowhere to go,” she said after winning for best actress in a comedy or musical. “And this dress just felt like whatever happened, I would have fun and I’d find something to laugh about and float down a corridor in a deserted hotel and find something fun in that, like a pink ghost.”
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Pike did miss being able to celebrate with others involved in the film, even if she had no plans to imbibe.
“I’ve given up drinking for Lent. There will be no champagne until the 4th of April, which is a shame. It would be nice to toast my fellow nominees and to toast my cast,” she said. “If we had been able to be in L.A., I would have taken as many of those cast members with me tonight as we could have gone and we would have torn up the town afterwards.”
‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao talks making Globes history
Chloé Zhao was asked about the groundbreaking nature of her win for directing “Nomadland,” only the second for a woman in that category and a first for a woman of Asian descent.
“Sometimes a first feels like a long time coming, doesn’t it? You feel like it’s about time. I’m sure three are many others before me that deserve the same recognition,” she told reporters. “I just love what I do. If this means more people like me get to live their dream, get to do what I do, I’m happy.”
Asked later about the need for greater Asian representation in the media, especially at a time of rising prejudice and violence, Zhao advocated compassion.
“A lot of great people have been doing incredible work in the community to raise awareness. Again, the word ‘compassion.’ I think when we look in each other’s eyes and stare at the other person, you can’t deny them as a human being. Maybe we need to be a bit more compassionate to ourselves. I sometimes feel like people with so much hate, maybe they just hate themselves. I think an understanding and trying to see the world from the other person’s perspective is the only way we can survive as a species.”
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Daniel Kaluuya finds lessons in Fred Hampton’s work
Daniel Kaluuya, who won best supporting actor for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” finds a strong, supportive message for today’s activists in the 1960s period film.
The people on the front lines fighting for change after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor should know “they’re not alone,” he told reporters. “They can look at history (and) there’s a line of people they can look to who really fought and really believed. They had the words and had the strategy to implement it.”
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