The Golden Globes, one of the most important events in film and television worldwide, were held in atypical conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic that keeps the world in confinement. As a consequence, during the 78th edition of the awards, a series of unforeseen events, chaos and memorable moments were presented thanks to a virtual format that hampered the award ceremony.
For three hours, the nominees were connected on Zoom. This year’s looks were particularly diverse because the guests participated from home. He highlighted, for example, Jason Sudeikis appearing on camera in a tie-dyed sweatshirt that contrasted with the elegant attire of the other attendees.
The main obstacle to the awards was the virtual hybrid format of the awards. Inside the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles the ceremony was held with a small number of attendees, while most of the guests had to face sound issues, informality, and awkward conversation between nominees. Despite this, there were memorable and reprehensible moments that will be remembered.
The incisive monologue of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
This year’s hosts, actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, managed to lift the awards with a sweeping speech that did not put aside the controversy of the last days around the event.
Recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), organizer of the Golden Globes, was criticized for a low racial diversity among its members, to which the drivers alluded saying:
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of approximately 90 international, non-black journalists who attend movie promotion events each year in search of a better life … a couple of them might be ghosts and it is rumored that the german member is just a sausage someone drew a face on
They also recalled some episodes that have been seen during other editions, such as “Meryl Streep drunk without knowing what she has been nominated for” or “Quentin Tarantino smelling people’s feet under the table.”
HFPA’s response to criticism of low diversity
In contrast to this speech was an acid and diffuse response from the HFPA to the controversy. Several members of the organization took the stage to respond to the accusations “We recognize that we have our own work to do (…) we must have black journalists in our organization,” said HFPA Vice President Helen Hoehne. While President Ali Sar added the importance of having a diverse environment without exception.
The bad connection of Daniel Kaluuya when receiving the award.
The first prize of the night went to the actor Daniel Kaluuya for the movie “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Being named best supporting actor, the Englishman could not give his speech because his audio was disconnected and no one could hear him.
Given this, the presenter Laura Denn regretted the technical problem. “We apologize for that technical problem and send all our congratulations to Daniel for winning a Golden Globe,” he said. Nevertheless, when they were about to move on to the next award, Kaluuya managed to connect and it appeared saying, “Is it on? Can you hear me now? Very good, great”.
The emotional tribute of Chadwick Boseman’s widow
Chadwick boseman, actor of Black Panther, passed away in August 2020, but he was awarded in this edition of the Golden Globes for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. In his representation appeared Taylor Simone Ledward, his wife, who received the award and offered some emotional words to the audience.
“I do not have his words, but we have to take advantage of the moments to celebrate those we love,” he began by saying. “He would say something beautiful. Something inspiring, something that will amplify that little voice within us that tells us that we can do it, that we move on… ”, she continued through tears.
In this way, Boseman became the first posthumous African-American winner in award history and the fourth African-American actor to win best actor in a drama. after Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland”, Denzel Washington in “The Hurricane” and Sidney Poitier in “Lilies in the Field”.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s mockery of Donald Trump
Sacha Cohen used her opportunity to speak on camera to poke fun at former US President Donald Trump. Receiving her second award of the night for best musical / comedy, the star joked: “Wait, Donald Trump is contesting the result … He claims a lot of dead people voted, which is very rude to say about the HFPA.” as a reference to the challenge that the former president made for the victory of Joe Biden.
Lee Isaac and his little daughter celebrate their award
A little girl appeared on Lee Isaac Chung’s camera as he was announced as the winning filmmaker for Best Foreign Language Film.. Korean drama “Minari” took home the award, and the director’s daughter did not miss the opportunity to celebrate with her father. “I prayed, I prayed ”, he said before the camera.
Finally, Chung gave his award speech and said, “I just want to say that ‘Minari ‘is about a family. It is a family that tries to learn to speak its own language (…) It is deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It is a language of the heart ”.
Tracy Morgan’s funny confusion about the movie “Sal”
Tracy Morgan was in charge of announcing the award for best animated film. At the time of pronouncing it gave recognition to “Sal”, which left viewers quite confused, as the actor actually had to name the movie “Soul.”
Later, he offered an apology on his Twitter account: ““Sorry Soul! I was thinking about the pizza I was going to get from my boy SAL on the way home!”. The directors of the film took to the subject with enough humor. In fact, Kemp Power wrote in his congratulations to the film’s soundtrack: “Your music is a big part of what makes SAL so special!”
Discomfort and informality of a few awards ago at Zoom
One of the biggest obstacles to the award was connectivity. Although Zoom has become a primary tool due to confinement, at the Golden Globes it generated some complications. For example, those who lost had to remain in front of the screen while their opponents made their speech or had than to engage in forced conversations when mixed in a groups, while the commercials went on.
Some tried to turn things around and engage in small talk. However, most of them were unaware that they would be filmed and remained deathly silent.