Golden Globe Awards 2021: Virtual ceremony gets under way

Tina Fey and Amy PoehlerTina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Globes from New York and Los Angeles

The Golden Globe Awards are under way, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting proceedings from Los Angeles and New York.

The ceremony, which recognises excellence in film and television, is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first major event of awards season, and often a good indicator of which films will go on to Oscar glory.

Mank, Nomadland and The Father are among this year’s most nominated films.

While nominees dialled in from home, the live audience was made up of frontline workers and first responders.

British actor Daniel Kaluuya was among the early victors, winning best supporting actor for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Kaluuya plays US activist Fred Hampton in the film, the chairman of the Black Panther Party who was assassinated in 1969 at the age of 21.

“I hope generations after this can see how brilliantly he fought, he spoke, and he loved,” Kaluuya said as he accepted his prize. “He taught me about myself, made me grow as a man, and I appreciate that with all my heart.”

Laura Dern presenting Daniel Kaluuya with his award for best supporting actorFormer Globe winner Laura Dern presented Daniel Kaluuya with his award for best supporting actor

“I’m so shocked. I’ve got trackie bottoms on and I’m comfortable but this is exciting,” Boyega joked as he accepted the award from home.

Emma Corrin was named best actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown.

“Most of all, thank you so much to Diana, you have taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure I could ever imagine,” she said.

Other early winners included Mark Ruffalo for best actor in a limited series, and Pixar’s Soul, which won best animated film.

Chloe Zhao, Regina King and Emerald Fennell are all nominated for best director at the ceremony, meaning there’s a good chance of a female winner – which would be the first in the category since Barbra Streisand in 1982.

Aaron Sorkin paid tribute to the three female directors as he accepted best screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7.

“You are the reason my college-age daughter wants to be a filmmaker, and I’m never going to forgive you for that,” he joked.

Speaking before the ceremony, King said: “This was another year of powerful work from women with strong voices, so it feels good, and I hope this is the beginning of a true shift.”

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Top nominated films

Top nominated TV shows

  • The Crown – 6 nominations
  • Schitt’s Creek – 5
  • Ozark – 4
  • The Undoing – 4
  • The Great – 3
  • Ratched – 3
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Former Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have returned to hosting duties this year, but they are in New York and Los Angeles respectively, marking the first time the Golden Globes have been bicoastal.

Guest award presenters include Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquin Phoenix, Salma Hayek and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Frontline workers and first responders made up the live audience, in place of nomineesFrontline workers and first responders made up the live audience, in place of nominees

The nominees and winners are voted for by the 87 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of international journalists based in California.

The HFPA has recently been the subject of controversy, after it was revealed the organisation currently has no black members.

“Tonight, while we celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognise we have our own work to do,” said Helen Hoehne, vice president of the HFPA, said at Sunday’s ceremony.

“Just like in film and television, black representation is vital. We must have black journalists in our organisation.”

source:bbc news

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