Last night – read: unforgivably early this morning for us – the 78th Annual Golden Globes awarded Hollywood’s best of the best in television and film. Hosted by the incomparable duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the peanut butter and jelly of comedy, the award show was almost overshadowed by the fact that not a single person of the 90-some voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is Black.
While Fey and Poehler weren’t exactly in sync because of a few technical delays throughout the night, plus the fact that they were filming on completely different coasts, meaning we missed all of that Fey/Poehler back-and-forth they excel at, they were both on board with taking digs at the HFPA, and they did not hold back any punches. They downright skewered, roasted, and devoured them.
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 international no-black journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life,” quipped Fey, appearing in a split screen from New York City’s Rainbow Room.
“Look, a lot of flashy garbage got nominated, but that happens. That’s like their thing. But a number of black actors and black-led projects were overlooked,” said Poehler on the other side of the split screen from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
“There are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press,” responded Fey. “I realize HFPA, maybe you guys didn’t get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s, but you’ve got to change that. So here’s to changing it.”
“Award shows are stupid,” Fey finally declared. “Even with stupid things, inclusivity is important.”
After the show, Ava DuVernay – the first Black woman to be nominated for Best Director – explained on her social media the importance of what Fey and Poehler were talking about. “Award shows play a part in the economic reality of Black filmmakers, artists of color, and women creators in this business. Unfortunately, these shiny things matter to those who finance, green light, produce, distribute, and market our projects.”
Despite the appalling lack of diversity in the voters, and the controversial list of nominees and snubs – *cough* Emily in Paris over I May Destroy You *cough* – there was still some diversity in the winners, and some truly memorable moments. From stars dressed in hoodies to gowns, the virtual show still managed to get us excited when our favorites won, and super protective when they lost. Here is our list of this year’s best lines and most memorable moments of the 2021 Golden Globes.
Chadwick Boseman's Widow Accepts His Posthumous Award
In arguably the most moving moment of the night, Chadwick Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward – who was dressed in a stunning ensemble fit for the Queen of Wakanda – accepted his posthumous Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture, and a gave a tearful acceptance speech that tugged on literally everyone’s heart.
“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward said. “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, ‘You can,’ that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.”
First Woman Wins Best Director Since 1984
In a historical moment, the second woman to win for Best Director after Barbara Streisand won in 1984, and the first Asian woman to do so, Chloé Zhao made history by taking home the award for Best Director for Nomadland. Significantly, she was not the only female nominated in the category this year – again a first for the Globes. The other two female directors nominated were Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman and Regina King for One Night in Miami. David Fincher was also nominated for Mank and Aaron Sorkin for Trial of the Chicago 7 – both names purposely left out during Fey and Poehler’s opening monologue.
“Sometimes a first feels like a long time coming,” said Zhao after her historic win. “I’m sure there are many others before me that deserve the same recognition. I just love what I do, I just really love it. If this means more people like me get to live their dream and get to do what I do, I’m happy.”
As Bryce Dallas Howard who presented the award said, “May there be many, many more.”
Jane Fonda's Speech Deserves Its Own Award
Jane Fonda won this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Most winners take a moment to talk about their long and hard-fraught journey and career successes in Hollywood. Fonda, however, took her moment on stage to talk about the need for more inclusivity and leadership within the Hollywood community in a truly beautiful and touching speech.
“… Just this year, Nomadland helped me feel love for the wanderers among us, and Minari opened my eyes to the experience of immigrants dealing with the realities of life in a new land. And Judas and the Black Messiah, Small Acts, US Vs. Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, One Night in Miami, and others have deepened my empathy for what being Black has meant. Ramy helped me feel what it means to be a Muslim American. I May Destroy You has taught me to consider sexual violence in a different way… Stories – they really, really can change people.
But there’s 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. 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.”
Jane. Fonda. For. The. Win.
Don Cheadle Telling Jason Sudeikis to "Wrap it Up"
Jason Sudeikis rocked up to his computer camera in a hoodie and his character’s signature mustache as he accepted his win for Best Actor in a television comedy for his portrayal of soccer coach Ted Lasso. Aside from that hoodie though, the best part of what appeared to be his unscripted acceptance speech, was when he got a “little windy” and Don Cheadle – fellow nominee for Black Monday – told him to wrap it up.
Lee Isaac Chung's Daughter
When Minari was announced as the winner of Best Foreign Language Film, director Lee Isaac Chung‘s adorable daughter leapt into his arms crying, “I prayed! I prayed! I prayed!” and gave her winning father a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Thanks to technology, all of it was caught on Zoom.
He took that moment to tell us that she was the reason he made the film, and then delivered the most endearing acceptance speech with her in his arms, saying Minari was “about a family. It’s a family trying to learn 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, and I’m trying to learn it myself and to pass it on, and I hope we’ll all learn how to speak this language of love to each other, especially this year.”
Who is cutting onions?
Spike Lee's Kids, Satchel and Jackson
Spike Lee‘s kids, Satchel and Jackson, were chosen as Golden Globes 2021 ambassadors. While we still aren’t entirely sure why they need famous people’s kids to be their ambassadors, we weren’t complaining because it meant that Satchel and Jackson Lee got to bring some insta-gratification with their impeccable fashion taste. Both siblings presented awards and chose worthwhile charities, which will be awarded $25,000 each from the HFPA.
Maya Rudolph And Kenan Thompson's Bit
Normally, we don’t go for the crazy sketches and costumes in award shows. But somehow, this year, when Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson came on in a chaotic sketch of two siblings accepting the award for Least Original Song, it was really funny. Bizarre? Yes. Outlandish? Of course. Inappropriate? 100%. It was like the absence of the celebrities gave the SNL alum permission to go all out and overboard, and we kinda loved it.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
It was just nice to see the married couple, who presented the award for Best Drama Film, on the empty red carpet and looking fabulous. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been together for almost 20 years, and have definitely gone through a lot of ups and downs. Seeing them dressed up and out and about was like a nostalgic breath of fresh air.
Couple of 34 years, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, walking onstage holding hands to present an award was also a beautiful moment we loved to see.
Sacha Baron Cohen and 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'
Yes. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won big awards for best moviefilm and person in moviefilm. Wawaweewa.
However, it was Sacha Baron Cohen‘s acceptance speeches that had us literally crying with laughter. Love him or hate him, he is impossible not to love after that speech.
“Thank you to the all-White Hollywood Foreign Press,” the controversial actor said. “I’ve gotta say this movie couldn’t have been possible without my co-star, a fresh, new talent who came from nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius. I’m talking, of course, about Rudy Giuliani. I mean, who can get more laughs out of one unzipping? Incredible. Our movie was just the beginning for him. Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy films. Hits like Four Seasons Landscaping, Hair Dye Another Day, and the courtroom drama A Very Public Fart.”