The Golden Globes 2021

The Golden Globes 2021 looked very different this year thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Though it was nice to see that Awards Shows are still trying to carry on regardless. Of course some of the glam and glitz we have grown accustomed to was missing but what was captured in its place was an intimate togetherness with our favorite stars and that is a unique gift in itself. Tina Fey and Amy Poeholer looked fabulous as always and both did a great job hosting the show, which meant contending with less than perfect internet connections. Technology eh. One of the highlights of the night was seeing Jane Fonda awarded with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award who used her platform to highlight the need for diversity in film while saluting her ‘community of storytellers’. I was also personally very happy to see Daniel Kaluuya win Best Supporting Actor for feature film ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, especially since the movie was overlooked for best picture (and of course that Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek received much deserved acclaim too). The Golden Globes – dubbed the ‘wildest night in Hollywood’ – looked pretty tame, but I enjoyed it and though I predicted movie ‘Mank’ (who received the most Golden Globes Nominations = 6 total) would win big – it didn’t. Instead ‘Nomadland’ took home top prize of Best Picture. Gotta love surprises I guess. The Golden Globes category/winners are in bold below (just for motion pictures).

P.S. I loved all the black and white attire – so classic and timeless. Very Hollywood.

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

  • “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — Winner
  • “Hamilton”
  • “Music”
  • “Palm Springs”
  • The Prom

Best Director — Motion Picture

  • Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” — Winner
  • Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
  • David Fincher, “Mank”
  • Regina King, “One Night in Miami…”
  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

  • Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — Winner
  • Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”
  • Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
  • Gary Oldman, “Mank”
  • Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

  • Rosamund Pike, “I Care a Lot” — Winner
  • Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
  • Kate Hudson, “Music”
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, “French Exit”
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, “Emma.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian” — Winner
  • Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”
  • Olivia Coleman, “The Father”
  • Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”
  • Helena Zengel, “News of the World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” — Winner
  • Jared Leto, “The Little Things”
  • Bill Murray, “On the Rocks”
  • Leslie Odom, Jr., “One Night in Miami…”
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Motion Picture — Animated

  • “Soul” — Winner
  • “The Croods: A New Age”
  • “Onward”
  • “Over the Moon”
  • “Wolfwalkers”

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

  • “Minari” — Winner
  • “La Llorna”
  • “Another Round”
  • “The Life Ahead”
  • “Two of Us”

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — Winner
  • Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
  • Jack Fincher, “Mank”
  • Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, “The Father”
  • Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

  • “Io Sì (Seen),” Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi – “The Life Ahead” — Winner 
  • “Fight for You,” H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • “Hear My Voice,” Daniel Pemberton, Celeste Waite – “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
  • “Speak Now,” Leslie Odom, Jr., Sam Ashworth – “One Night in Miami…”
  • “Tigress & Tweed,” Raphael Saadiq, Andra Day – “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

  • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, “Soul” — Winner
  • Alexander Desplat, “The Midnight Sky”
  • Ludwig Göransson, “Tenet”
  • James Newton Howard, “News of the World”
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Mank”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

  • Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
  • Andra Day, “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
  • Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
  • Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
  • James Corden, “The Prom”
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
  • Dev Patel, “The Personal History of David Copperfield”
  • Andy Samberg, “Palm Springs”

Best Motion Picture — Drama

  • “The Father”
  • “Mank”
  • “Nomadland”
  • “Promising Young Woman”
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Black-&-White Attire – Always Safe & Always Classic.

4 thoughts on “The Golden Globes 2021

  1. Thank you Dr. Hart for typing all that out, now I don’t have to look up everything haha.

    I was going to watch Mank tonight but by chance somebody suggested something else to me. Now, I hate recommending stuff to people because everyone has enough stuff to watch, but have you ever seen “A Ghost Story”? It came out a few years ago and it is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I can’t even really describe it. It might be the deepest movie ever, that really kinda delves into the meaning of life. It’s just something I would love to hear your interpretation and thoughts on.

    Anyways, have a good night!


  2. The only movies I’m interested in are Nomadland (which is coming to my local cinema), & Mank (which I will buy on blu ray once Criterion release it). The best film I saw in a cinema last year (not including classics like Jaws or Terminator 2), was an Australian film called Never Too Late. I recommend it if it comes onto Netflix.

    I’m more into cinema history than current stuff, which is why I don’t see newer films often, but I have been going regularly to the cinema since they re-opened.

    Hope everyone is well.


    1. Good choices for sure Brett. BTW I watched the film you mentioned ‘Penguin Bloom’ and it was an interesting true story for sure about an Australian family’s struggle with a tragic accident. It reminded me of a film that debuted at MIFF in 2020 entitled ONE HALF OF ME (100 mins), which tells the incredible true story of Finnish woman athlete/mother of two kids Jaana Kiviaki who suffered a spinal injury and went on to compete in Para-Equestrian Dressage. It was so good too and with a similar incredible message of overcoming and never giving up.


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