By Jennifer Liyange
The 78th Annual Golden Globes was hosted on February 28 and broadcasted nationally on NBC. To follow the current COVID-19 safety measures, the event was held in hybrid fashion, with celebrities presenting awards both in person and virtually. It combined traditional red carpet moments with tasteful at-home fashion. Although the nominees weren’t able to grandly display their outfits on television like they normally do, many of them posted their custom designer outfits to social media.
However, after being postponed for two months, the virtual award show lost two-thirds of its audience, according to CNBC.
On February 3, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on the Golden Globes website that it chose Sarah Jessica Parker, six-time Golden Globe winner, and Taraji P. Hanson, Golden Globe winner, to disclose the nominees.
Satchel and Jackson Lee, children of three-time Golden Globe nominee Spike Lee and producer Tonya Lewis Lee, were Golden Globe Ambassadors for 2021. Their appointment marks the first time in HFPA history that two siblings of color have held the position, with Jackson being the first Black male Ambassador.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned as host for the fourth time, after hosting the show from 2013 to 2015. Fey presented on the East Coast live from New York’s Rainbow Room, and Poehler in the West Coast from the Beverly Hilton. They worked together in sharing duties to anchor the Golden Globes as smoothly as possible, as nominees attended from all over the world.
Movie categories included, Best Motion Picture Drama (“Nomadland”), Best Director Motion Picture (“Cholé Zhao”), Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (Andra Day and Chadwick Boseman), Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy (Rosamund Pike and Sacha Baron Cohen), Best Original Song Motion Picture (“The Life Ahead, lo Sí”), and Best Motion Picture Animated (“Soul”).
Television categories included, Best Series Drama (“The Crown”), Best Musical/Comedy Series (“Schitt’s Creek”), Best Television Motion Picture (“The Queen’s Gambit”), Best Actress and Actor in a Motion Picture (Anya Taylor-Joy and Mark Ruffulo), Best Actress and Actor in Drama Series (Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor), and Best Actor and Actress in a Musical/Comedy (Catherine O’Hara and Jason Sudeikis).
In addition, Jane Fonda was honored with the Cecil B. deMille Award, as was Norman Lear with the Carol Burnett Award. Lear would be the third recipient of the recently created Carol Burnett Award, which honors contributions to television.
The HFPA acknowledged the need to diversify nominees and winners, thus leading Black actors to win multiple trophies, including Daniel Kuulya, Andra Day, Chadwick Boseman, and John Boyega. However, the majority of the winners were not people of color.
Despite the all-time low rating from this year’s virtual Golden Globes, there are hopes for an in-person award show next year as the Coronavirus vaccine is being released to more of the public each month.