Golden Globe Awards supply shocks, sweeps and stunning moments with first ever bicoastal telecast
The awards show is an American network television staple, with each special chock-full of its own energy and characteristics. Now, in a time unlike any other, awards shows must conform to new constraints while attempting to maintain their old charm. The Golden Globes, which aired live on NBC on Feb. 28, achieved just that with their first ever, bicoastal telecast.
Hosted by the always hilarious Amy Poehler and Tina Fey from Los Angeles and New York City, respectively, the Globes featured a plethora of entertaining and surprising moments. With the nominees ‘Zooming’ in live from home and the presenters announcing the winners in person, the show was unlike anything that has been done before, making it a landmark event that will be remembered forever.
In regards to the lucky recipients of the glimmering trophies, there were plenty of expected honorees taking home the big prize. Daniel Kaluuya emerged as a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture with his remarkable turn as Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah” while Netflix’s highly-acclaimed show “The Crown” won three Globes, Best Series — Drama, Best Actor in a Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama Series, all anticipated by many as the future winners.
Another big winner was “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” the popular yet controversial sequel to the 2006 classic. The Amazon original took home the awards for Best Picture — Comedy/Musical and Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy/Musical for the excellent immersive performance from Sacha Baron Cohen, making it one of the few films that took home multiple Globes.
Despite many awards going to those with the greatest chance of winning, the Golden Globes threw a couple curveballs that left viewers, including yours truly, completely shocked.
Acting veteran Jodie Foster won the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture prize for her role in The Mauritanian, beating out top frontrunners Olivia Colman, Glenn Close and Amanda Seyfried. Foster, calling in virtually with her wife and dog, was rather stunned about the outcome and her flabbergasted reaction was summed up perfectly when she randomly thanked Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, fiancé of her co-star Shailene Woodley.
However, the biggest surprise of the night was arguably the result of the Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama. Prior to the show, there were multiple frontrunners competing for the top prize, including Frances McDormand who impressed in the Best Picture — Drama winner Nomadland and Carey Mulligan who delivered a powerhouse performance in “Promising Young Woman.” In addition, Viola Davis and Vanessa Kirby gave equally as show-stopping performances in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Pieces of a Woman,” making a win for either more than possible.
However, against all odds, it was newcomer musician Andra Day who took home the Golden Globe for her memorable portrayal of Billie Holiday in “The U.S. vs. Billie Holiday,” a film that has been panned by critics despite the lead performance. Day was left utterly speechless upon being awarded and went on to express her gratefulness for the Golden Globes, her fellow nominees, and Holiday herself.
Overall, the 2021 Golden Globes themselves were an entertaining and unpredictable awards show, effectively matching the enthusiasm of past specials while injecting its own individual personality. With an amusing pair of hosts, plenty of surprises and an all-around enjoyable vibe, the Globes were a more than worthy Sunday night viewing experience.