NEW YORK (AP) — With homebound nominees showing by distant video and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on completely different sides of the nation, a really socially distanced 78th Golden Globe Awards trudged on within the midst of the pandemic and amid a storm of criticism for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, with high awards going to “Nomadland,” “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “The Crown” and “Schitt’s Creek.”
The evening’s high award, greatest image drama, went to Chloé Zhao’s elegiac highway film “Nomadland,” a Western set throughout financial upheaval and private grief. Zhao, the China-born filmmaker of, grew to become the primary lady of Asian descent to win greatest director. She’s solely the second lady within the historical past of the Globes to win, and the primary since Barbra Streisand received for “Yentl” in 1984.
“‘Nomadland at its core for me is a pilgrimage via grief and therapeutic,” mentioned Zhao, accepting the awards remotely. “For everybody who has gone via this troublesome and exquisite journey sooner or later of their lives. We don’t say goodbye. We are saying: See you down the highway.”
With a canceled pink carpet and stars giving speeches from the sofa, Sunday’s Globes had little of their sometimes frothy taste.
Dealing with scant conventional studio competitors, streaming companies dominated the Globes like by no means earlier than — even when the highest award went to a well-known if renamed supply: Searchlight Photos, previously the Fox specialty label of “12 Years a Slave” and “The Form of Water” now owned by the Walt Disney Co.
Amazon’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — one of many few nominated movies shot partly through the pandemic — received greatest movie, comedy or musical. Its star guerilla comic, Sacha Baron Cohen, received greatest actor in a comedy. Referring to Rudy Giuliani’s notorious cameo, Cohen thanked “a contemporary new expertise who got here from nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius.”
“I imply, who might get extra laughs from one unzipping,” mentioned Cohen.
Netflix, which got here in with a commanding 42 nominations, received the highest TV awards. “The Crown,” as anticipated, took greatest drama collection, together with performing wins for Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Emma Corrin (Princess Diana) and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher). “The Queen’s Gambit” received greatest restricted collection, and greatest actress within the class for Anya Taylor-Pleasure. “Schitt’s Creek,” the Pop TV collection that discovered a wider viewers on Netflix, received greatest comedy collection for its ultimate season. Catherine O’Hara additionally took greatest actress in a comedy collection.
Chadwick Boseman, as anticipated, posthumously received greatest actor in a drama movie for his ultimate efficiency, within the August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside” — a Netflix launch. Boseman’s spouse, Taylor Simone Ledward, tearfully, emotionally accepted the award.
“He would thank God. He would thank his dad and mom. He would thank his ancestors for his or her steering and their sacrifices,” mentioned Ledward. “He would say one thing lovely, one thing inspiring.”
Apple TV+ scored its first main award when a sweatshirt-clad Jason Sudeikis received greatest actor in a comedy collection for the streamer’s “Ted Lasso.”
Fey took the stage at New York’s Rainbow Room whereas Poehler remained on the Globes’ normal residence on the Beverly Hilton. Of their opening remarks, they managed their sometimes well-timed back-and-forth regardless of being nearly 3,000 miles from one another.
“I all the time knew my profession would finish with me wandering across the Rainbow Room pretending to speak to Amy,” mentioned Fey. “I simply thought it will be later.”
They appeared earlier than masked attendees however no stars. As a substitute, the sparse tables — the place Hollywood royalty are normally crammed collectively and plied with alcohol through the present — have been occupied by “smoking-hot first responders and important staff,” as Fey mentioned.
In a manufacturing nightmare however one which’s change into acquainted through the pandemic, the evening’s first winner accepted his award whereas muted. Solely after presenter Laura Dern apologized for the technical difficulties did Daniel Kaluuya, who received greatest supporting actor for his efficiency as Black Panther chief Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” get his speech in. When he lastly got here via, he waged his finger on the digicam and mentioned, “You’re doing me soiled!”
Pandemic improvising was solely a part of the injury management for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, which places on the Globes. After The Los Angeles Occasions revealed that there are not any Black members within the 87-person voting physique of the HFPA, the press affiliation got here beneath mounting stress to overtake itself and higher replicate the business it holds sway in.
This 12 months, not one of the most acclaimed Black-led movies — “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,” “One Evening in Miami,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Da 5 Bloods” — have been nominated for the Globes’ greatest image award. With the HFPA probably preventing for its Hollywood life, Sunday’s Globes have been half apology tour. Fey and Poehler began in rapidly on the problem.
“Look, a whole lot of flashy rubbish received nominated however that occurs,” mentioned Poehler. “That’s like their factor. However a variety of Black actors and Black-led tasks have been missed.”
Throughout the first half hour of the NBC telecast, members of the press affiliation additionally appeared on stage to pledge change. “We acknowledge we’ve our personal work to do,” mentioned vice chairman Helen Hoehne. “We will need to have Black journalists in our group.”
When attendees would usually be streaming down the pink carpet on Sunday night, many stars have been as a substitute posing nearly. Regina King, resplendent in a stunning costume, stood earlier than her yawning canine. Carey Mulligan, nominated for “Promising Younger Lady,” mentioned from a London resort room that she was carrying heels for the primary time in additional than a 12 months.
The circumstances led to some award-show anomalies. Mark Ruffalo, showing remotely, received greatest actor in a restricted collection for “I Know This A lot Is True” along with his youngsters celebrating behind him and his spouse, Dawn Coigney, sitting alongside.
Lee Isaac Chung, writer-director of the tender Korean-American household drama “Minari” (a film the HFPA was criticized for ruling ineligible for its high award due to its non-English dialogue), accepted the award for greatest overseas language movie whereas his younger daughter embraced him. “She’s the explanation I made this movie,” mentioned Chung.
“‘Minari’ is a couple of household. It’s a household making an attempt to study a language of its personal. It goes deeper than any American language and any overseas language. It’s a language of the center,” mentioned Chung. “I’m making an attempt to study it myself and to cross it on.”
John Boyega, supporting actor winner for his efficiency in Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology, raised his leg to indicate he was carrying monitor pants beneath his extra elegant white jacket. Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”) received one of many largest shock Globes, for greatest supporting actress in a movie, whereas, sitting on the sofa subsequent her spouse, Alexandra Hedison, and together with her canine, Ziggy on her lap.
Some speeches have been pre-taped. The beforehand recorded speeches by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the wining “Soul” rating went with out hiccup despite the fact that presenter Tracy Morgan first introduced “Sal” because the winner.
Even when speeches typically lacked drama with out Hollywood gathered in a single place, illustration was a standard chorus. Pointedly referring to the variety of the HFPA, presenter and former winner Sterling Okay. Brown started, “Thanks. It’s nice to be Black on the Golden Globes,” he mentioned. “Again.”
Jane Fonda, the Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree, spoke passionately about increasing the massive tent of leisure for all. “Artwork has all the time been not simply in step in historical past however has prepared the ground,” mentioned Fonda. “So let’s be leaders.”
Different awards included Pixar’s “Soul” for greatest animated movie; Rosumund Pike took greatest actress in a comedy or musical movie for “I Care a Lot”; and Aaron Sorkin (“Trial of the Chicago 7”) for greatest screenplay. The movie, a favourite to win greatest drama movie on the Globes, was bought to Netflix by Paramount Photos final summer time as a result of pandemic. “Netflix saved our lives,” mentioned Sorkin.
As showtime neared, the backlash over the HFPA threatened to overwhelm the Globes. But the Globes have persevered due to their recognition (the present ranks because the third most-watched award present, after the Oscars and Grammys), their profitability (NBC paid $60 million for broadcast rights in 2018) and since they function necessary advertising materials for contending movies and Oscar hopefuls.
The Globes happened on the unique date of the Academy Awards. These will as a substitute be held April 25.
By JAKE COYLE AP Movie Author