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No luck for the Irish as Nomadland makes Golden Globes history

The late Chadwick Boseman won best actor for 1920s blues drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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NOMADLAND MADE GOLDEN Globes history last night as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards’ top prize for best drama, putting her film about marginalized Americans roaming the West in vans into Oscars pole position.

Zhao also bagged the best director Globe, making her only the second woman to do so in the history of Hollywood’s traditional awards season opener, which was a mainly virtual ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The late Chadwick Boseman won best actor for 1920s blues drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, six months after his death from cancer at age 43, in a night of emotional moments interspersed with technical glitches, awkward jokes and a row over the lack of diversity among event organizers.

Semi-fictional film Nomadland stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand alongside a rag-tag bunch of non-actors who truly live on the open road, working mostly menial jobs to scrape by off the grid.

“For everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives – this is for you. We don’t say goodbye. We say see you down the road,” said Beijing-born Zhao, 38.

“Sometimes a first feels like a long time coming, – you feel like it’s about time. I’m sure there’s many others before me that deserve the same recognition,” she told journalists in a virtual press room of her historic win.

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The pandemic edition of the Globes was broadcast from identical sets at the Beverly Hilton and New York’s Rainbow Room, with essential workers and a few A-list presenters among the few in attendance.

The night’s most poignant moment came with the win for Black Panther actor Boseman.

“He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifice,” said his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepting on his behalf.

He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.

‘One unzipping’ 

Unlike the Oscars, the Globes split most movie categories into drama and musical or comedy.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, a sequel about the fictional Kazakh journalist, won the comedy section’s best film and best actor prizes for creator Sacha Baron Cohen.

“Hold on, Donald Trump is contesting the result. He claimed a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA,” joked Cohen, referring to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organises the Globes.

Cohen also had a couple of zingers for Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was tricked into a fake hotel room “interview” with an attractive and flirtatious young woman, played by nominee Maria Bakalova.

“I mean, who can get more laughs out of one unzipping? It’s just incredible,” asked Cohen.

Best comedy actress went to Rosamund Pike for Netflix’s dark thriller I Care A Lot.

“I had to swim up from a sinking car. I think I still would rather do that than have to be in a room with Rudy Giuliani,” said Pike.

The biggest upset came as Andra Day won best drama actress for her portrayal of the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

 ’Black, um back’ 

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – hosting from opposite coasts – opened the ceremony making fun of the HFPA, which has been under mounting pressure for its lack of diversity.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 – no Black – journalists that attend movie junkets each year, in search for a better life,” said Fey.

Three senior HFPA officials took the Globes stage early in the night, pledging “a more inclusive future,” after several influential showbiz groups had piled on criticism including Hollywood’s actors and directors unions.

But the punches kept coming, with presenter Sterling K Brown quipping: “It is great to be black, um back, at the Golden Globes.”

Despite that controversy, the Globes remain a coveted prize and a high-profile source of momentum in the run-up to the season-crowning Oscars, which were pushed back this year to 25 April.

Asked by AFP about heightened Oscar hopes for “Nomadland,” Zhao said: “The awareness that I think it’s going to bring to the nomadic community, I think is a great thing.”

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 had been tipped for multiple Globes but had to settle for best screenplay, while Mank – an ode to Citizen Kane – left empty-handed despite topping the nominations.

The Crown reigns

The remote ceremony battled through technical glitches and a few awkward moments.

The night’s first winner, Judas and the Black Messiah supporting actor Daniel Kaluuya, initially lost sound for his acceptance speech, forcing in-studio presenter Laura Dern to apologise before audio was restored.

Jodie Foster won best-supporting actress for Guantanamo legal drama The Mauritanian, while Korean-American immigrant family drama Minari won the Globe for best foreign-language film.

Pixar’s Soul won best-animated feature, as well as best musical score.

In the television categories, the latest season of The Crown continued the show’s multi-year dominance at the Globes, with three acting awards and best drama series honours.

Netflix scored further wins for The Queen’s Gambit, for best-limited series and best actress with Anya Taylor-Joy, while “Schitt’s Creek” followed up its Emmys sweep with best TV comedy.

Here’s the full list of winners:

- Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • The Father
  • Mank
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

- 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
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland

- 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 Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Hamilton
  • Palm Springs
  • The Prom

- Best Director, Motion Picture

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

- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

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

- Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

  • Normal People
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • Small Axe
  • The Undoing
  • Unorthodox

- Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television

  • Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
  • Daisy Edgar Jones, Normal People
  • Shira Haas, Unorthodox
  • Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

- Best Supporting Actress, Television

  • Gillian Anderson, The Crown
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

- Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  • Helena Zengel, News of the World

- Best Television Series, Drama

  • The Crown
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ozark
  • Ratched

- Best Picture, Foreign Language

  • Another Round (Denmark)
  • La Llorona (Guatemala/France)
  • The Life Ahead (Italy)
  • Minari (USA)
  • Two of Us (France/USA)

- Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Josh O’Connor, The Crown
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Al Pacino, Hunters
  • Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

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

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Kate Hudson, Music
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
  • Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

- Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Emily in Paris
  • Flight Attendant
  • The Great
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Ted Lasso

- Best Television Actor, Musical / Comedy Series

  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

- Best Original Score, Motion Picture

  • Alexandre Desplat, Midnight Sky
  • Ludwig Göransson, Tenet
  • James Newton, News of the World
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank
  • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul

- Best Original Song, Motion Picture

  • Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Io Sì (Seen), The Life Ahead
  • Speak Now, One Night in Miami
  • Tigress & Tweed, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Emma Corrin, The Crown
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Sarah Paulson, Ratched

- Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

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

- Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television

  • Brian Cranston, Your Honor
  • Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
  • Hugh Grant, The Undoing
  • Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
  • Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

- Best Motion Picture, Animated

  • The Croods: A New Age
  • Onward
  • Soul
  • Over the Moon
  • Wolfwalkers

- Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
  • Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
  • Elle Fanning, The Great
  • Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

- Best Supporting Actor, Television

  • John Boyega, Small Axe
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
  • Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Jim Parsons, Hollywood
  • Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

- Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

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