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Golden Globes highlights: ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Borat’ win best picture awards; Jane Fonda steals the show

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 2/28/2021 Bethonie Butler, Sonia Rao, Emily Yahr, Hau Chu
a woman holding a baseball bat: Jane Fonda accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. © Rich Polk/AFP/Getty Images Jane Fonda accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The Golden Globes tend to be the strangest night of award season — blame it on the alcohol! — and this year was no exception. The ceremony adopted the same structure as its covid-era predecessors, with hosts and presenters appearing in person while award recipients and nominees video-chatted in from their homes, offices and hotel rooms. Technical difficulties were to be expected, and the Globes didn’t make us wait long. Daniel Kaluuya, who won the very first award of the night, almost didn’t get to give his speech after producers seemingly forgot to unmute his audio.

But for a speech that went smoothly — and one the Hollywood Foreign Press Association might want to revisit — look no further than Jane Fonda, who was awarded the honorary Cecil B. DeMille award for her accomplishments as an actress and activist. While the HFPA’s own response to the controversy over its lack of any Black members was lackluster, Fonda directly implored industry gatekeepers to diversify their hiring pools, greenlight recipients and award winners “so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard.”

As for the winners, Netflix swept on the television side of things; Chloé Zhao won best director and drama film for “Nomadland”; and Sacha Baron Cohen landed best actor and comedy film for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

Keep scrolling to revisit the night’s events.

The complete list of 2021 Golden Globe winners

Highlights

  • Chadwick Boseman posthumously wins best drama actor award; his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, gives emotional speech on his behalf
  • Andra Day, “Schitt’s Creek”, “Queen’s Gambit”, Jodie Foster, Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Sorkin, Jason Sudeikis were among the night’s winners
  • “The Crown” wins for best TV drama; Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor and Gillian Anderson win for their portrayals of Diana, Charles and Margaret Thatcher

11:03 PM: ‘Nomadland’ wins best motion picture drama

Best director winner Chloé Zhao triumphed again in the biggest category of the night for her story about a widow (Frances McDormand) who travels the country in an RV after losing her financial safety net during the Great Recession. Zhao channeled her film’s message as she accepted the award, calling the film “a pilgrimage through grief and healing.”

“So for everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives, this is for you,” Zhao said before quoting a line from the award-winning film: “We don’t say ‘goodbye,’ we say ‘see you down the road.’”

By: Bethonie Butler

11:00 PM: Andra Day wins best actress in a drama

The singer won for her portrayal of legendary artist Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

It was Day’s debut starring role in a film — a film that has received mixed reviews — that delves into Holiday’s role as a political player in the racial prejudices of the U.S. government’s war on drugs.

By: Hau Chu

10:52 PM: Sacha Baron Cohen wins best actor, comedy or musical for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” also won best film, comedy or musical. After joking that former president Donald Trump had contested the results, Cohen once again thanked everyone he worked with on the film — including a “bodyguard who stopped me getting shot twice.”

By: Sonia Rao

10:46 PM: Sacha Baron Cohen thanks ‘talented newcomer’ Rudy Giuliani after win for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” sequel won best motion picture, comedy or musical — the same category the first movie was up for in 2007. The comedian thanked a “talented newcomer” who starred in the film, but he didn’t mean breakout Maria Bakalova, who earned acclaim (and a Golden Globe nod) for her role as Borat’s daughter. No, he was thanking Rudy Giuliani, who appeared in the movie’s most jaw-dropping scene. Cohen noted that the former New York mayor, an ally of former president Donald Trump, went on to star in “a string of comedy films” including “Four Seasons Landscaping” and “Hair Dye Another Day.”

Cohen did eventually thank Bakalova, whom he called “incredible.” He also thanked the film’s crew, noting that they risked arrest and coronavirus to get the hotly anticipated sequel made.

By: Bethonie Butler

10:37 PM: Chloé Zhao wins best director

The Chinese-born director won for “Nomadland.”

The film is nominated for best picture and actress (Frances McDormand) in the drama category, and was already seen as an early favorite at the upcoming Academy Awards before tonight. McDormand plays a woman whose town is decimated by the Great Recession and lives the life of a modern nomad traveling the American West living out of her van and working odd, seasonal jobs to make ends meet.

By: Hau Chu

10:33 PM: Chadwick Boseman posthumously wins best drama actor for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on behalf of the actor, who died of cancer in August.

“He would thank God, he would thank his parents, he would thank his ancestors for their guidance,” she said, adding: “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside all of us that tells you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing in this moment in history.”

After thanking her late husband’s “Ma Rainey” collaborators, Ledward Boseman concluded: “I don’t have his words. But we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love, so thank you, HFPA, for this opportunity to do exactly that. And honey, you keep 'em coming. Thank you.”

By: Sonia Rao

10:31 PM: Production issues plague the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes production hasn’t been up to the standard set by other covid-era live shows, such as the superior Emmy Awards and Democratic National Convention. A comparable example might be the Super Bowl halftime show, though, which also suffered from poor audio quality. The sound issues are particularly notable when there is “crowd” reaction, which has a tinny quality.

The video-chatting format has also proved a bit glitchy, with typical Zoom issues persisting during the ceremony. Early on, best supporting actor Daniel Kaluuya appeared to be muted as the feed turned to him for the acceptance speech. The presenter started to pivot until Kaluuya’s audio finally began to work: “You did me dirty!” he exclaimed. “Am I on? Is this on?”

By: Sonia Rao

10:26 PM: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ wins best limited series

Minutes after Anya Taylor-Joy’s win for best actress, the Netflix chess juggernaut won best limited series. Creator Scott Frank joked that the rights to Walter Tevis’s 1983 book of the same name were secured by his co-creator Allen Frank “before Anya Taylor-Joy was born.”

By: Bethonie Butler

10:24 PM: Anya Taylor-Joy wins best actress in a limited series, anthology or television movie

The young actress won the award for her role in the popular Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Taylor-Joy played Beth Harmon, a chess wunderkind, as she gets her start in Kentucky on her path to becoming a chess grandmaster. The American-born actress grew up in Argentina and Great Britain and has seen her star rise since starring in 2015′s “The Witch,” an arthouse horror film.

By: Hau Chu

10:18 PM: Jane Fonda calls for diversity during Cecil B. DeMille Award speech

While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, handed out for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” Jane Fonda called for increased diversity in Hollywood. The segment began with a handful of celebrities praising Fonda’s achievements as an actress and activist, including Kerry Washington, who noted that “there is a lot of glass on the floor from all of the ceilings that she has shattered.”

Fonda accepted the award in person at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and gave a speech that began by recognizing the power storytellers have to “change our hearts and minds.”

“I’ve seen a lot of diversity in my long life and at times I’ve been challenged to understand some of the people I’ve met, but inevitably if my heart is open and I look beneath the surface, I feel kinship,” she said. “That’s why all the great conduits of perception — Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus, Lao Tzu — all of them spoke to us in stories and poetry and metaphor. Because the nonlinear, non-cerebral forms that are art speak on a different frequency. They generate a new energy that can zolt us open and penetrate our defenses so we can see and hear what we may not have been seeing and hearing.”

The actress and activist praised nominated films such as “Nomadland” and “Minari” for helping her understand other communities, as well as “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Small Axe,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “One Night in Miami” for deepening “my empathy for what being Black has meant.”

She also acknowledged television series such as “Ramy” and “I May Destroy You,” the latter of which was notably snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

“But there’s been a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry — a story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out, a story about who’s offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made,” Fonda continued. “So let’s all of us, including all the groups that decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards, let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard.”

By: Sonia Rao

10:16 PM: Gillian Anderson wins best supporting actress in a TV role for ‘The Crown’

The actress has received rave reviews for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in Netflix’s royal period drama. Her acceptance speech included a shout out to Cate Hall, the hair and makeup designer who helped nail the world-renowned prime minister’s coiffure or, as Anderson called it, the “Thatcher helmet thing.”

By: Bethonie Butler

10:15 PM: Jodie Foster wins best supporting actress

The actress won for “The Mauritanian,” where she plays a defense attorney for a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay.

The film will premiere on April 1 on Amazon Prime Video, but until recently, Foster’s name was most prominent in the news because Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers thanked her in accepting the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. (Foster returned the favor tonight in her speech.) Some believed Foster, a Packers fan, set up Rodgers and “Mauritanian” co-star Shailene Woodley.

By: Hau Chu

9:56 PM: ‘The Crown’ wins best TV drama

Netflix’s royal period drama is having a great night. Following acting wins by Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor — for playing Princess Diana and Prince Charles, respectively — the series won best TV drama. Creator Peter Morgan lamented being in his “tragic little office” as opposed to sitting next to the cast and crew that make the award-winning series.

By: Bethonie Butler

9:55 PM: ‘Minari’ wins best foreign language film

The American film starring Steven Yeun won the award for the category in which it was controversially placed.

“Minari” tells the semi-autobiographical tale of director Lee Isaac Chung — who accepted the award with his young daughter beside him — and his upbringing in rural Arkansas. While the film was made entirely in the United States, its dialogue swings from primarily Korean to English and so was not allowed to compete for best drama according to the HFPA’s guidelines. And yet its American roots were ironically acknowledged when it was announced as a nominee, accompanied by its country of entry: “Minari, U.S.A.”

“Minari is about a family,” Chung said in his speech. “It’s about a family trying to learn how to speak a language of its own. It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language — it’s a language of the heart.”

By: Hau Chu

9:42 PM: Josh O’Connor wins best actor in a drama series for ‘The Crown’

O’Connor won for playing Prince Charles in “The Crown.” His co-star Emma Corrin won earlier in the night for playing Princess Diana.

“I’m very lucky to be able to work in this period, and there are so many people who are unable to work who are alone and isolated,” O’Connor said in his acceptance speech. “I hope we can all collectively put mental health at the forefront of our minds.”

By: Sonia Rao

9:34 PM: Rosamund Pike wins best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for ‘I Care A Lot’

“I bet it looks like I care a lot,” the actress joked as she accepted the best actress award for Netflix’s dark comedy about a grifter who tries to bilk the wrong elderly woman out of her life savings.

Pike, in a fluffy, tiered dress over combat boots, gave a shout out to Maria Bakalova, who also competed in the category for her work in the “Borat” sequel. “I had to swim up from a sinking car,” she told Bakalova. “I think I’d still rather do that than be in a movie with Rudy Giuliani.”

By: Bethonie Butler

9:22 PM: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ wins best TV series, musical or comedy

Following up on its Emmy Awards dominance, “Schitt’s Creek” took home yet another prize.

Star and series co-creator Dan Levy thanked Pop TV for giving the show “the time and space it needed to grow” — which worked out very well for them, considering the series exploded in popularity by the time it hit Netflix. Levy also pointed out that a major theme of the comedy is how inclusion can bring growth and love to a community and added that he hopes by next year, “This ceremony reflects the true depth and diversity of television being made today, because there is so much more to be celebrated.”

By: Emily Yahr

9:22 PM: Jason Sudeikis wins best actor in a television musical or comedy

The star of “Ted Lasso," a breakout series on Apple TV Plus, won for the show’s debut season.

Sudeikis, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, plays a college football coach who stumbles his way into managing an English soccer team. His speech was a little all over the place — talking about reading Leo Tolstoy to his child among other musings — that led follow nominee Don Cheadle to jokingly motion him to hurry it up.

By: Hau Chu

9:13 PM: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste win best original score for ‘Soul’

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were also nominated in the category for “Mank.”

By: Sonia Rao

9:12 PM: ‘Io sì (Seen)’ from ‘The Life Ahead’ wins best original song

The song is from best foreign language film nominee “The Life Ahead.”

By: Bethonie Butler

9:08 PM: Emma Corrin wins best actress in a drama TV series for ‘The Crown’

a group of people walking down the street talking on a cell phone: Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer in “The Crown.” (Des Willie/Netflix via AP) © Des Willie/AP Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer in “The Crown.” (Des Willie/Netflix via AP)

Emma Corrin earned raves for her portrayal of Princess Diana in the Netflix drama, “The Crown.”

The actress called out the royal figure in her acceptance speech: “Most of all, thank you so much to Diana. You have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure that I could ever imagine,” she said. “And behalf of everyone who remembers you … so passionately in our hearts, thank you.”

By: Emily Yahr

9:06 PM: Norman Lear wins Carol Burnett Award

The 98-year-old legendary television writer and producer won the honorary Carol Burnett Award.

Lear is best known for his stable of 1970s sitcoms — including “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” — that redefined comedic conventions and cultural conversations. He got his start in comedy in 1950 with an appearance on the “Colgate Comedy Hour.” And Lear’s career has continued to work, with an updated take on his show “One Day at a Time,” centered on a Cuban American family, airing into 2020.

The success to his longevity? His real-life family. “At close to 99, I can tell you I’ve never lived alone. I have never laughed alone, and that has as much to do with my being here today as anything else I know,” Lear said.

By: Hau Chu

8:41 PM: Aaron Sorkin wins best screenplay for ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Aaron Sorkin also directed the Netflix film about the widely publicized trial of seven men charged with conspiracy during protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

The filmmaker noted that he used to receive emails from star Sacha Baron Cohen that included real-life quotes from his character, Abbie Hoffman. Sorkin chose to highlight one during his speech: “Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.”

"I don’t need any more evidence than what happened on January 6th to agree with this,” Sorkin added, referring to the Capitol riot.

By: Sonia Rao

8:40 PM: HFPA: ‘We recognize we have our own work to do’ on diversity in the membership ranks

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 87-member voting body that determines the awards, came under fire in the past week for a serious lack of diversity among its ranks: The Los Angeles Times found that the HFPA currently has zero Black members. So they sent out a few board members onstage to assure everyone that they’re working on it.

“We recognize we have our own work to do. Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization,” said HFPA Vice President Helen Hoehne.

We must also ensure everyone from all underrepresented communities gets a seat at our table, and we are going to make that happen,” added Meher Tatna, chairman of the board.

“That means creating an environment where a diverse membership is the norm, not the exception. Thank you and we look forward to a more inclusive future,” said President Ali Sar.

By: Emily Yahr

8:36 PM: Mark Ruffalo wins best actor in a limited series for ‘I Know This Much Is True’

Mark Ruffalo’s two children and wife immediately celebrated on camera as the actor accepted his award for HBO’s limited series, in which he played identical twin brothers. The 53-year-old actor is known for his progressive politics and his speech lived up to that reputation as Ruffalo spoke of “inclusion and justice and care for Mother Earth.”

“We are all in this together,” he said as his wife teared up beside him. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, so let’s do this now.”

By: Bethonie Butler

8:26 PM: ‘Soul’ wins best animated film

“Soul,” the latest film from Pixar, won the Golden Globe for best animated film.

The movie, released on Disney Plus, stars Jamie Foxx as a middle school music teacher who goes on an existential journey just as he’s about to fulfill his lifelong dream to become a professional jazz musician.

By: Hau Chu

8:24 PM: Catherine O’Hara wins best TV actress, musical or comedy

O’Hara just won the Emmy in September for her performance as Moira Rose in “Schitt’s Creek.” The series, created by and co-starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, concluded last year after six seasons.

“I’m proud to be a part of their family, although I’m not really,” O’Hara said.

By: Sonia Rao

8:19 PM: John Boyega wins best supporting actor in a limited series for ‘Small Axe’

John Boyega won best supporting actor for Steve McQueen’s Amazon Prime anthology about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London. The first-time nominee beat Brendan Gleeson, Dan Levy, Donald Sutherland and Jim Parsons to win the trophy.

By: Bethonie Butler

8:15 PM: Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler acknowledge the weirdness of the night

Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off the night from New York and Los Angeles to usher in another chapter of a socially distanced awards show. The comedians used the opportunity, fittingly, for bits.

There was a split-screen gag where Fey acknowledged the ongoing oddity of it all by “rubbing” Poehler’s arm from afar with a disembodied limb. The duo also teased the bizarre drunkenness of the typical festivities (“Quentin Tarantino crawling under tables touching people’s feet.”). But there was also an uncanny feeling seeing typical awards show tropes of Zoom reaction shots from the celebrities being roasted in delayed fashion.

Of course, they also addressed — and danced around — the elephant in the room: the controversy around the lack of diversity in the awards, “Let’s see who those European weirdos nominated this year,” Fey said.

By: Hau Chu

8:13 PM: Daniel Kaluuya wins best supporting actor in a motion picture for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

The Golden Globes got off to an awkward start immediately as Kaluuya launched into an acceptance speech that no one could hear, as something went awry with the technology and he was muted. "As you can see, we have a bad connection,” presenter Laura Dern said nervously.

A few seconds later — though it kind of felt like an eternity — something clicked and Kaluuya’s sound returned. “Is this on? Is this on? Can you hear me now?” he said.

Indeed, everyone could! He thanked his family and friends, as well as the cast, crew and director Shaka King, with a shout out to Cleveland, where much of the movie was filmed. He quoted rapper Nipsey Hussle as saying, “We’re here to give till we’re empty," and added, “I gave everything.”

By: Emily Yahr

8:00 PM: Even celebrities are awkward on Zoom

The Golden Globes pre-show gave us a glimpse of the (understandable) awkwardness we’ll see during the partly virtual Golden Globes ceremony. The show set up pairs of nominees — Shira Haas and Julia Garner, for example — to have conversations on preparing for the ceremony, in addition to interviews by red carpet hosts Susan Kelechi Watson (of “This Is Us” fame) and “Glee” alum Jane Lynch. And naturally, there were a few awkward “wait, were you done talking?” moments.

Once we got past that, though, it was pretty standard pre-show chatter. Jared Leto called in from the mountains. Kate Hudson and Lynch talked about their work together on “Glee.” Haas confessed to being Garner’s “biggest fan” and was delighted to hear the “Ozark” actress call her Israeli mother “Ima” (the Hebrew word for mom).

Watson’s interview with nominee Regina King (up for best director for “One Night in Miami”) did reveal one Zoom-only perk: dog cameos!

By: Bethonie Butler

7:46 PM: Hollywood criticizes the HFPA with the hashtag #TimesUpGlobes

In response to the Los Angeles Times report pointing out that none of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 87 members are Black, the Time’s Up organization launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #TimesUpGlobes. Director Ava DuVernay, one of the most prominent figures to tweet the hashtag with an accompanying graphic, was later named a Golden Globes presenter.

Others who tweeted the hashtag include Judd Apatow, Norman Lear, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Natasha Lyonne, who wrote that there were “deeply transparent omissions to the incredible work on display this season. And many, many seasons past.” Many of the most glaring snubs were projects by Black creators, including Michaela Coel’s HBO series “I May Destroy You” and “Da 5 Bloods,” Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Netflix film.

Golden Globes pre-show hosts Susan Kelechi Watson and Jane Lynch both noted that the HFPA would be addressing the lack of diversity during the ceremony.

By: Sonia Rao

7:25 PM: Wait, ‘Borat’ is nominated three times?

a person wearing a suit and tie: Maria Bakalova, left, and Sacha Baron Cohen were both nominated for their roles in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” (Amazon Studios via AP) © Courtesy Of Amazon Studios/AP Maria Bakalova, left, and Sacha Baron Cohen were both nominated for their roles in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” (Amazon Studios via AP)

While there was plenty of chatter about what Rudy Giuliani did or did not do in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” you might have overlooked that the movie itself was well-received — so much so that the film goes into the night with nominations in three of the major categories for musicals or comedies: best picture, best actor (Sacha Baron Cohen) and best actress (Maria Bakalova).

The sequel follows the awards success of its predecessor, 2006′s “Borat,” which earned an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay along with two Golden Globes nominations of its own. “Subsequent Moviefilm” was produced largely in secret during the pandemic, and one of the few public hints that the beloved character played by Cohen would return was a stunt in which he crashed a right-wing rally in Olympia, Wash., with a singalong that would later become a centerpiece of the film — and shortlisted for best original song at the upcoming Oscars.

Cohen himself has largely remained out of the Hollywood limelight until this year, where he has two shots at a trophy — he’s also up for best supporting actor for his portrayal of activist Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” The English comedic actor’s biggest competition includes Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”), but a win wouldn’t be a total surprise since Cohen won the same award in 2007 for his first outing as the Kazakh journalist.

Bakalova’s American film debut as Borat’s daughter, Tutar, has already earned her multiple film critic awards. The Bulgarian actress was an unknown to most viewers, but her oddly moving (and hilarious) portrayal served as the emotional centerpiece of a film where she is introduced emerging from a monkey’s crate.

By: Hau Chu

7:14 PM: A look back at some of the best television of last year

It may not perfectly align with this year’s nominees, but here’s what our former TV critic Hank Stuever thought were the best 10 shows of 2020:

After doctors, nurses, virologists, vaccine researchers, Anthony S. Fauci, food-bank volunteers, grocery store employees, delivery drivers and Dolly Parton, let’s not forget to honor another one of 2020’s true heroes: television.

Here’s my appreciation, in list form, of the year’s best watching.

1. ‘I May Destroy You’ (HBO)

Michaela Coel’s emotionally excruciating and often searingly funny drama — in which she plays Arabella, a London writer trying to recover her blackout memories of being raped — is excellent all on its own. But it also encompasses so much of what we say we value in 2020: stories from diverse creators who are willing to stare down the most uncomfortable aspects of modern manners (gender, race, privilege, sexuality, you name it) with enviable savvy and the sharpest wit. Masterfully envisioned and fully realized, the series gets better with each episode, ending on a note of triumph.

2. ‘Normal People’ (Hulu)

From the moment Connell and Marianne, two Irish high school seniors, first lock eyes and begin a secret love affair, it’s clear that this is no ordinary romp about puppy love. Amid a heap of streaming rom-coms, “Normal People” (faithfully adapted from Sally Rooney’s novel) feels close to actually falling in love and having your heart broken, thanks to the raw and revealing work of the show’s lead actors, Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Not since Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” film trilogy can I remember being so invested in the fate of a fictional couple.

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By: Hank Stuever

6:59 PM: Netflix is the one to beat

Netflix TV shows and films account for a whopping 20 nominations at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The platform’s potential winners include “The Crown,” which lives up to the regality of its royal subjects with six nominations — the most of any TV show — and “Schitt’s Creek,” the breakout Pop TV comedy that earned a cult following after arriving on the streaming service in 2017.

Emma Corrin, who made a star turn as Princess Diana Spencer in “The Crown,” is one to watch in the best TV drama actress category; Josh O’Connor, who plays a cheating Prince Charles, also stands a chance in the lead actor race.

The HFPA is known for its wacky tastes, so we usually expect one or two dubious nominations. This year’s honorees — which omitted several critically acclaimed efforts by Black creators, including Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (which both debuted on Netflix) — are a bit more controversial. Amid scrutiny surrounding the voting body, the Los Angeles Times reported that the organization has no Black members and stands accused of various ethical lapses.

Netflix’s widely mocked “Emily in Paris” got a nod for best TV series, comedy or musical, and its lead, Lily Collins, is up for best lead actress. “The Prom,” a Ryan Murphy film packed with celebs including Meryl Streep, James Corden and Nicole Kidman, is up for best comedy or musical despite being another source of our collective disdain. Corden, whose performance as a gay man was criticized for veering toward stereotype, got a best lead actor nod.

Other Netflix titles up for honors at Sunday’s ceremony include “The Queen’s Gambit” (lead Anya Taylor-Joy is up for best lead actress) and “Ratched.” On the film side, David Fincher’s “Mank” leads with six nominations. Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” earned five nods, including best supporting actor for Sacha Baron Cohen (also nominated for the “Borat” sequel).

By: Bethonie Butler

6:51 PM: Why ‘Minari’ isn’t eligible for best drama film

Han Ye-ri, Steven Yeun are posing for a picture: Yeri Han, left, and Steven Yeun in “Minari.” (Josh Ethan Johnson/A24 via AP) © Josh Ethan Johnson/AP Yeri Han, left, and Steven Yeun in “Minari.” (Josh Ethan Johnson/A24 via AP)

Backlash to the Golden Globes nominations arrived before they were actually announced, when it was reported that Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” would not be eligible for the best drama film category because more than 50 percent of the dialogue is not spoken in English. The film, produced and distributed by the American company A24, centers on a Korean American family in rural Arkansas.

The HFPA rule regarding non-English dialogue has been criticized in recent years, given that Oscar contenders “Roma” and “Parasite” — which swept at last year’s Academy Awards, the latter even landing best picture — were also ineligible for the Globes’ drama film category. The exclusion of “Minari” also mirrors that of Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” another A24 film about an American woman who visits China to say goodbye to her ailing grandmother. Its characters often speak in Mandarin.

“Minari” is nominated for best foreign language film. (The Hollywood Reporter noted that A24 submitted this film and “The Farewell” in this category specifically, and that “there was not even an appeal to the HFPA to consider them elsewhere.”)

By: Sonia Rao

6:35 PM: What is going on with the HFPA?

Unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization overseeing the Academy Awards each year, not much is widely known about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Los Angeles Times published an investigation into the latter group’s membership a couple weeks after the Golden Globe nominations elicited negative reactions from the public (even more so than what is normal for the oft-derided ceremony). Whereas the academy boasts several thousand voting members — and still faces reasonable criticism over its lack of diversity — the HFPA consists of only 87 people working for publications worldwide, some notable and others more obscure.

A publicist who long worked with a major studio told the L.A. Times that, despite the Golden Globes’ prominence in the industry, many HFPA members “work with outlets I’ve never heard of. We give them amazing access. We are forced to do that because of who they are.”

This could explain why Netflix’s ridiculous “Emily in Paris” managed to be nominated in the comedy series and actress categories — Paramount Network, which ordered the series, flew dozens of HFPA members to France to visit the set and stay at a five-star hotel, according to the Times — while the critically acclaimed “I May Destroy You” was left in the dust.

The exclusion of “I May Destroy You” and its creator, Michaela Coel, drew attention to the lack of diversity among Golden Globe nominees from both film and television. While there are people of color in the HFPA, there is not a single Black member. A representative from the association addressed that fact Thursday in a statement provided to the Times: “We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

By: Sonia Rao

6:23 PM: How is the ceremony going to work?

The pandemic has forced awards shows across the entertainment industry to make unprecedented changes, but the shows must (eventually) go on.

As mentioned, the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by repeat emcees Tina Fey, stationed in New York, and Amy Poehler, based in Los Angeles. (Expect someone to make a joke about a host being the most on either coast.) Presenters — including Joaquin Phoenix, Rosie Perez, Kevin Bacon, Awkwafina and Sterling K. Brown — will appear live from one of those locations. The winners will appear virtually.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who conducts the show, has pledged to staunchly follow a number of coronavirus protocols. This year’s audience will be limited to a select number of essential and front-line workers (we’ll just have to imagine Tom Hanks’s reaction to the monologue). Some food bank workers have also been invited, in a nod to the HFPA’s partnership with the hunger relief organization Feeding America.

By: Bethonie Butler

6:11 PM: Who are the Golden Globes hosts?

Once again, longtime pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will take the stage as co-hosts — though they will be approximately 3,000 miles apart. Fey will be stationed at the Rainbow Room in New York and Poehler will helm from the show’s typical location at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

This is the fourth time the pair has hosted the show, after a three-year run from 2013 through 2015. They delighted in roasting everyone, though their most famous joke may be this legendary sick burn about director James Cameron.

By: Emily Yahr

6:01 PM: How do I watch the Golden Globe Awards on TV and online?

The Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC; you can also watch online at NBC.com with a cable provider log-in.

If you don’t have cable, various streaming services with free trial periods (YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, etc.) will carry the show. It will also be available on the Roku Channel, and you can stream in full on the Peacock app the next day.

Although there’s no red carpet for obvious reasons, E! is still airing a pre-show at 6 p.m., where host Giuliana Rancic and “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown will interview stars from the Beverly Hilton. (A select few will be there in person to present awards, though all nominees will be remote.) NBC is also planning to air a pre-show at 7 p.m., during which actresses Jane Lynch (“Glee”) and Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”) will virtually chat with nominees from across the globe.

By: Emily Yahr

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