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Golden Globes 2021: ‘Nomadland’, ‘Minari’, ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’, ‘The Crown’ Win Top Honours

The 2021 Golden Globe Awards saw Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm each bagging two big awards at the 2021 Golden Globes, while Netflix’s series The Crown took home three awards, the highest in the evening.


Isaac Lee Chung’s Minari won the Best Foreign Film Award, after it was shifted from the Best Picture category.

Frances Mcdormand-starrer Nomadland, that revolves around a woman on the road, won the Best Motion Picture Award for Drama; while Chloe Zhao won the Best Director Award. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned Sacha Baron Cohen the Best Actor in a Motion Picture and the film also won the Best Motion Picture in the same category.

The Crown saw the most number of wins in the series. Besides bagging the Best TV Series Award, Gillian Anderson (who played former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher) won the Best Supporting Role the Limited Series/Motion Picture for TV category. Emma Corin (who played Diana, Princess of Wales) won the Best Actress Award in a TV Drama category, in her debut nomination. Josh O’Connor (who played Charles, Prince of Wales) took home the award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series.

Soul, The Queen’s Gambit and Schitt’s Creek ended second with two awards each. Schitt’s Creek, which had five nominations, won the Best TV Series Award in the Musical/Comedy category. Catherine O’Hara won the Best Actress Award in the same category.

While The Queen’s Gambit won the Best Series Award in the Limited Series category, Anna Taylor-Joy won the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of the fictional chess prodigy, Beth Harmon.

Disney’s critically-acclaimed animated film Soul won the Best Animated Film Award and the Best Original Score.

Andra Day won the Best Actress Award for her film The United States vs Billie Holiday, making her the first Black actor to win in this category after 35 years. Whoopi Goldberg was the last Black actor to win in 1986. Day was contending for the award along with Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), and Frances Mcdormand (Nomadland).

The award ceremony was held bi-coastally, with anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, host pair for the fourth time, from New York’s Rainbow Room inside NBC’s corporate headquarters, and the Globes’ usual home, Beverly Hilton, respectively. It was broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California, on NBC channel. The recipients were virtually honoured with the presenters announcing the names.


While veteran actor Jane Fonda will be felicitated with the Cecil B deMille Award, Norman Lear will be presented the Carol Burnett Award for his contribution to television, both on and off-screen.

Late actor Chadwick Boseman was posthumously awarded the Best Actor Award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the honour on his behalf.

Daniel Kaluuya and John Boyega won the Best Actor in the Motion Picture category and the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, respectively. Four Black artists won the Golden Globe in their respective categories. Only six of them were nominated, including Viola Davis and Don Cheadle, highlighting the question of inclusivity of Black artists in both the nominations, as well the organising committee, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The HFPA came under fire from the Time’s Up organisation after the latter accused the former of not having a single member of Black ethnicity out of the total 87 members. Times’s Up President Tina Tchen called the association’s stand “cosmetic” and that it cannot be fixed and wrote two letters regarding the same, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. It gained traction after the Los Angeles Times published a report exposing the HFPA of its hostility towards members from non-Black communities as well.


Consequently, the Golden Globes released a clip towards the conclusion of the event with the current HFPA president Ali Sar, former president Meher Tatna, and vice-president Helen Hoehne, speaking about Black representation and how vital it is to include Black journalists in the HFPA.

The other awards include:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy- Rosamund Pike (Care A Lot)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series- Musical or Comedy- Jasn Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture- Aaron Sorkin- (The Trial of Chicago 7)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television- Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much is True)