by Sahithi Devineni ’22
Published Mar. 12th, 2021
After a remarkably unusual and chaotic year, hopes were high that this year’s Golden Globe Awards would be a special night. The event took place over Zoom with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler teaming up to host the night from New York City and Los Angeles, respectively, while nominees stayed home. Although it wasn’t a smooth run, the turbulence gave the show a sort of endearing… or at least memorable feel.
With a virtual show, there were obviously many challenges. The nominees at home asked when they should start their speeches and the different technical problems caused lots of speeches to be cut off or created long pauses between them.
Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who were fortunate enough to get through their opening speeches, weren’t completely synchronized. “These are the messy things we love about awards shows,” Poehler joked at one point during the night, according to the Observer. Further into the night, the technical difficulties piled up, with many of the winners barely able to finish their speeches.
Daniel Kaluuya snatched the night’s first Golden Globe, winning Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his job in Judas and the Black Messiah. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, Kaluuya’s speech was hard to hear and cut off, ending with an apology from the production team.
Sunday night was especially big for Netflix. Winning 10 Golden Globes during the show, including for their shows The Queens Gambit and The Crown, Netflix walked away from the event with their heads held high.
Anya Taylor-Joy took Best Actress for her role as Beth Harmon in The Queens Gambit. The Crown accumulated three wins, including that of Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor, who portrayed Prince Charles, and Gillian Anderson, who took on the role of Margaret Thatcher.
The late Chadwick Boseman received Best Actor for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on his behalf, reminding us in an emotional address on Twitter that “we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love.” It was a genuinely emotional moment during the show, reminding us of the far more important things in our life beyond TV entertainment. His Golden Globe was a win for both Boseman and those who want to honor him.
While the awards show highlighted the significant difficulties of replacing real life with an online world, the night’s producers ultimately managed to pull off the first ever Golden Globes, setting new precedents for adaptability to factors beyond our control.