Well, the 2021 Golden Globe Awards have come and gone, just about how we’ve come to expect a pandemic-era ceremony to come and go: messy and weird, but infused with a refreshing spontaneity that comes from the usual awards-show polish getting stripped away. Iconic co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presided over the evening, broadcasting simultaneously from the Rainbow Room in Manhattan and the Beverly Hilton in L.A., each before a small audience of masked first responders. Nominees in varying degrees of finery were patched in from living rooms, offices, and hotels around the world.
Aside from the Jodie Foster’s dog, Jason Sudeikis’ hoodie, and Cynthia Nixon’s Bernie Sanders-in-mittens cutout, the biggest buzz of this year’s Globes was about what and who the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t honor. The voting body, which notably has no black members, put forth a majority-white slate of contenders, icing out a lot of great work by creators and actors of color (ahem, Michaela Coel). Still, there was some good news on the diversity front at the 78th annual ceremony: Chloe Zhao took home best director for Nomadland, becoming the first woman to win that honor in 37 years and the first Asian woman ever to do so. The night’s other big winners were Borat Subsequent Moviefilm for best comedy film, The Crown for TV drama, and first-time actor Andra Day, who beat out heavyweights including Frances McDormand and Viola Davis with a best actress nod for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
Sprinkled in between were some traditional Globes hijinks — Bill Murray toasting Daniel Kaluuya with a martini; David Fincher downing a shot right after Mank lost best screenplay — to remind us that just because the show was remote, that didn’t mean we couldn’t have a little fun. Read on for the high, low, and “huh?” moments of a strange Globes for a strange time.