Golden Globes: Black British actors among early winners at virtual ceremony


With homebound nominees appearing by remote video and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on different sides of the country, a very socially distanced 78th Golden Globe Awards trudged on in the midst of the pandemic and a storm of criticism.

Netflix, which came in with a commanding 42 nominations, won the top TV awards. “The Crown,” as expected, took best drama series, along with acting wins for Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Emma Corrin (Princess Diana), and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher). The streaming service’s “Queen’s Gambit” won the best-limited series and best actress in the category for Anya Taylor-Joy. “Schitt’s Creek,” the Pop TV series that found a wider audience on Netflix, won the best comedy series for its final season. Catherine O’Hara also took the best actress in a comedy series.

They were among many of the evening’s awards to go to streaming services, which — facing scant traditional studio competition — dominated the Globes like never before. Apple TV+ scored its first major award when a sweatshirt-clad Jason Sudeikis won the best actor in a comedy series for the streamer’s “Ted Lasso.”

Fey took the stage at New York’s Rainbow Room while Poehler remained at the Globes’ usual home at the Beverly Hilton. In their opening remarks, they managed their typically well-timed back-and-forth despite being almost 3,000 miles from each other.

“I always knew my career would end with me wandering around the Rainbow Room pretending to talk to Amy,” said Fey. “I just thought it would be later.”

They appeared before masked attendees but no stars. Instead, the sparse tables — where Hollywood royalty is usually crammed together and plied with alcohol during the show — were occupied by “smoking-hot first responders and essential workers,” as Fey said.

In a production nightmare but one that’s become familiar during the pandemic, the night’s first winner accepted his award while muted. Only after presenter Laura Dern apologized for the technical difficulties did Daniel Kaluuya, who won best supporting actor for his performance as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” get his speech in. When he finally came through, he waged his finger at the camera and said, “You’re doing me dirty!”

Pandemic improvising was only part of the damage control for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes. After The Los Angeles Times revealed that there are no Black members in the 87-person voting body of the HFPA, the press association — which Ricky Gervais last year called “very, very racist” in his opening monologue — came under mounting pressure to overhaul itself and better reflect the industry it holds sway in.

This year, none of the most acclaimed Black-led films — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Da 5 Bloods” — were nominated for the Globes’ best picture award. With the HFPA potentially fighting for its Hollywood life, Sunday’s Globes were part apology tour. Fey and Poehler started in quickly on the issue.

“Look, a lot of flashy garbage got nominated but that happens,” said Poehler. “That’s like their thing. But a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked.”

Within the first half-hour of the NBC telecast, members of the press association also appeared on stage to pledge change. “We recognize we have our own work to do,” said vice president Helen Hoehne. “We must have Black journalists in our organization.”

When attendees would normally be streaming down the red carpet on Sunday evening, many stars were instead posing virtually. Regina King, resplendent in a dazzling dress, stood before her yawning dog. Carey Mulligan, nominated for “Promising Young Woman,” said from a London hotel room that she was wearing heels for the first time in more than a year.

The circumstances led to some award-show anomalies. Mark Ruffalo, appearing remotely, won the best actor in a limited series for “I Know This Much Is True” with his kids celebrating behind him and his wife, Sunrise Coigney, sitting alongside.

Lee Isaac Chung, writer-director of the tender Korean-American family drama “Minari” (a movie the HFPA was criticized for ruling ineligible for its top award because of its non-English dialogue), accepted the award for the best foreign-language film while his young daughter embraced him. “She’s the reason I made this film,” said Chung.

“‘Minari’ is about a family. It’s a family trying to learn a language of its own. It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart,” said Chung. “I’m trying to learn it myself and to pass it on.”

John Boyega, supporting actor winner for his performance in Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology, raised his leg to show he was wearing track pants below his more elegant white jacket. Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”) won one of the biggest surprise Globes, for best-supporting actress in a film, while, sitting on the couch next to her wife, Alexandra Hedison, and with her dog, Ziggy on her lap. Bob Odenkirk, while appearing on five screens with fellow TV actor nominees before an ad break, took the moment to meet a legend, virtually. “Mr. Pacino, very good to meet you ... on the screen,” he said.

Some speeches were pre-taped. The previously recorded speeches by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross for the winning “Soul” score went without a hiccup even though presenter Tracy Morgan first announced “Sal” as the winner.

Even if speeches sometimes lacked drama without Hollywood gathered in one place, representation was a common refrain. Pointedly referring to the diversity of the HFPA, presenter and previous winner Sterling K. Brown began, “Thank you. It is great to be Black at the Golden Globes,” he said. “Back.”

Jane Fonda, the Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree, spoke passionately about expanding the big tent of entertainment for all. “Art has always been not just in step in history but has to lead the way,” said Fonda. “So let’s be leaders.”

Other awards included Pixar’s “Soul” for the best-animated film; Rosamund Pike took the best actress in a comedy or musical film for “I Care a Lot”; and Aaron Sorkin (“Trial of the Chicago 7″) for best screenplay. The film, a favorite to win best drama film at the Globes, was sold to Netflix by Paramount Pictures last summer due to the pandemic. “Netflix saved our lives,” said Sorkin.

As showtime neared, the backlash over the HFPA threatened to overwhelm the Globes. Yet the Globes have persisted because of their popularity (the show ranks as the third most-watched award show, after the Oscars and Grammys), their profitability (NBC paid $60 million for broadcast rights in 2018), and because they serve as important marketing material for contending films and Oscar hopefuls. That may be especially true this year when the pandemic has upset the normal rhythms of buzz in a virtual awards season lacking the usual frenzy.

The Globes took place on the original date of the Academy Awards. Those will instead be held on April 25.

The Latest on the Golden Globe ceremony (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Jodie Foster has won her first Golden Globe in nearly three decades.

Foster won the Globe for best-supporting actress in a film Sunday night for her role in “The Mauritanian.”

It’s the third acting Golden Globe for the 58-year-old Foster, but the first since she won in 1992 for “Silence of the Lambs.”

She said “I never expected to ever be here again” as she accepted the award.

In “The Mauritanian,” Fosters stars opposite Tahar Rahim as a lawyer seeking to free a man held without charges for 14 years at Guantanamo Bay.

She also won the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award in 2013 and has won two Oscars.

Foster beat out nominees including Olivia Colman, Glenn Close, Helena Zengel, and Amanda Seyfried.


7:20 p.m.

Jane Fonda accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, praising the “community of storytellers” for their vital role in troubled times, and calling for greater diversity in Hollywood.

The 83-year-old actor and activist, star of “Barbarella,” “Klute,” “Coming Home,” “On Golden Pond” and “9 to 5,” received the Globes’ version of a lifetime achievement award, one of the few honorees to accept a Globe in person in Beverly Hills.

Wearing a white suit just as Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris did for significant political speeches, Fonda said, “We are a community of storytellers, aren’t we, and in turbulent, crisis-torn times like these, story-telling has always been essential.”

She said stories let us “have empathy, to recognize that for all our diversity we are all humans.”

But she said there is another “story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry, about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out, who is offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made.”

Fonda called for Hollywood’s leaders to “make an effort to expand that tent” so that “everyone has a chance to be seen and heard.”

The DeMille award honors “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Previous winners include Walt Disney, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Fonda’s father Henry Fonda. The Fondas become the first parent and child to both receive the DeMille award.


7:10 p.m.

“The Crown” is tops again.

The Netflix show won its third Golden Globe of the night as it took the best TV drama series for its fourth season.

The season documented the British royal family in the 1980s with Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

O’Connor and Corrin won the awards for best actor and actress in a TV drama earlier in the evening. Corrin beat out her co-star Colman.

It’s the second-best drama award for the show, which also won in 2017.


7:00 p.m.

Charles and Diana took home matching Golden Globes.

The Globe for best actor in a TV drama series went to Josh O’Connor for “The Crown” on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old British actor won the award for playing Prince Charles in season four of the Netflix series, moments after Emma Corrin won the best actress in a TV drama for playing Princess Diana on the show.

O’Connor beat out fellow nominees Jason Bateman, Bob Odenkirk, Al Pacino, and Matthew Rhys.


6:45 p.m.

Rosamund Pike is the surprise winner of the Golden Globe for best actress in a movie musical or comedy for her work in “I Care a Lot.”

Pike took home the virtual trophy on Sunday night for her role in the dark comedy as a woman who poses as a saintly legal guardian to use the courts to bilk elderly people of everything they’re worth.

The 42-year-old British actor appeared genuinely stunned to win the award in her third Globe nomination over fellow nominees Kate Hudson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Maria Bakalova, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

She thanked “America’s broken legal system for making it possible to make stories like this.”


6:30 p.m.

The love just keeps flowing down “Schitt’s Creek.”

The Canadian comedy series created by the father-son team of Eugene and Dan Levy that dominated September’s Emmy Awards is the winner of the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical TV series.

Dan Levy accepted the award Sunday night, saying that by its final season, “Schitt’s Creek” took him and his cast and crew “to places we never thought possible.”

It was the second Globe of the night for the Pop TV series after Catherine O’Hara won the best actress in a TV musical or comedy series early in the show.

It topped fellow nominees “Ted Lasso,” “The Great,” “The Flight Attendant” and “Emily in Paris.”

Moments earlier, Jason Sudeikis scored a minor upset over Eugene Levy and others when he won the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy series for “Ted Lasso.”


6:20 p.m.

The Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series goes to Emma Corrin in “The Crown.”

The 25-year-old Corrin, who played Princess Diana in season four of the Netflix series, appeared stunned and nearly tearful as she accepted the award in a remote location Sunday night.

She thanked the woman she played, saying “you have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure I could ever imagine.”

Corrin beat out fellow nominees Laura Linney, Jodie Comer, Sarah Paulson, and her “Crown” castmate Olivia Colman.


6:00 p.m.

Norman Lear accepted the Carol Burnett Award on Sunday at the Golden Globes for his storied career in television, saying he “could not feel more blessed.”

The 98-year-old still-working television legend, creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time, is the third winner of the award that honors “outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen.”

Speaking from what appeared to be his home and sitting in an easy chair, Lear praised the woman for whom the award is named.

“I am convinced that laughter adds time to one’s life, and nobody has made me laugh harder, nobody I owe more time to, than Carol Burnett,” Lear said.

He went on to pay tribute to “a lifetime of partners, performers, associations and creative talents for which I am eternally grateful.”


5:40 p.m.

The leaders of the organization that gives out the Golden Globes is vowing change, and diversity, after reports that the group has no Black voting members.

Early in the Globes ceremony on Sunday night, three senior leaders of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association took the stage and said they would do better.

Vice President Helen Hoehne said “we recognize we have our own work to do” and, “We must have Black journalists in our organization.”

Board chair Meher Tatna said, “We need to ensure that all under-represented communities get a seat at our table, and we are going to make that happen.”

HFPA president Ali Sar says that “means creating an environment where diverse membership is the norm, not the exception,” and “we look forward to a more diverse future.”

In stories in the run-up to the show, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times reported that the HFPA’s membership of 87 journalists includes no Black voters.


5:30 p.m.

Catherine O’Hara has ridden “Schitt’s Creek” to a Golden Globe.

O’Hara won the Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy series on Sunday, signaling what may be another big night for “Schitt’s Creek.” The show, co-created by and co-starring Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy, swept the comedy categories at the Emmys.

From a couch in a remote location, O’Hara praised the Levys for “an inspiring, funny, beautiful family love story in which they let me wear 100 wigs and speak like an alien.”

The 66-year-old O’Hara is more than 30 years older than all of the fellow nominees she beat: Kaley Cuoco, Elle Fanning, Lily Collins, and Jane Levy.


5:15 p.m.

The winner of the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a film is Daniel Kaluuya for his work in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Kaluuya’s acceptance speech could not be heard from his location at first, and he jokingly shouted “You did me dirty!” once the audio was restored.

On a night when the organization that gives out the Golden Globes is facing condemnation for having no Black voting members, the night’s first award went to a Black actor.

Kaluuya didn’t mention the issue directly in his acceptance, though he praised the man he played to win the award, Blank Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was killed in an FBI raid in 1969.

The actor was nominated in 2018 for his leading role in “Get Out.”

He topped fellow nominees Leslie Odom Jr., Sacha Baron Cohen, Bill Murray, and Jared Leto.


5:10 p.m.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler began the pandemic-era Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, delivering a split-screen opening from separate coasts.

With Poehler at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and Fey in New York’s Rainbow Room on Sunday night, the two did an initial gag where Fey reached out through the screen and stroked Poehler’s hair.

The Globes, normally a loose-and-boozy party that serves as the kickoff for Hollywood’s awards season, has been beset with problems beyond the coronavirus leading up to this year’s ceremony. They include a revelation in the Los Angeles Times that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the awards, has no Black voting members in the group.

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