Six Months After Death, Chadwick Boseman Wins ‘Best Actor’ At Golden Globes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 30, 2019 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther Chadwick Boseman poses with his award in the press room during the 50th NAACP Image awards at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lisa O’CONNOR / AFP)

 

The late Chadwick Boseman on Sunday won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for his poignant role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which comes just months after he died of cancer at age 43.

His wife gave a moving speech to accept his prize, which was awarded to him over Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”).

“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,” she added.

Meanwhile, US road movie “Nomadland” made Golden Globes history as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards’ top prize for best drama with her film about a generation of marginalized Americans roaming the West in vans, which now motors 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.

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.

“I especially want to thank the nomads who shared their stories with us,” said Beijing-born Zhao, 38.

“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,” she added later on, after the film won top honors.

Usually a star-packed party that draws Tinseltown’s biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this 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.

‘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 organizes 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.

This handout photo courtesy of the HFPA shows Salma Hayek and Sterling K. Brown elbow bump as they arriving for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2021.  HFPA / AFP
This handout photo courtesy of the HFPA shows Salma Hayek and Sterling K. Brown elbow bump as they arriving for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2021. HFPA / AFP

 

“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 April 25.

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, Daniel Kaluuya, initially lost sound for his acceptance speech, forcing in-studio presenter Laura Dern to apologize before audio was restored.

“You’re doing me dirty! Am I on?” joked best supporting actor Kaluuya, before paying tribute to late Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who he played in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

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” — mispronounced by presenter Tracy Morgan as “Sawl,” to widespread amusement among the various stars appearing on videolink — 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 honors.

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.

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List Of Key Golden Globe Nominees

The Golden Globes 2021 nominees as revealed by Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson, was full of quarantine favorite films and TV shows.

 

Here are the nominees in key categories for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday.

Netflix’s “Mank” — set in Hollywood’s Golden Age about the making of “Citizen Kane” — leads all films with six nominations, followed by another Netflix movie, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” at five.

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be back to host the event — the first major awards show of a pandemic-era season that culminates with the Oscars on April 25 — though they will be live on opposite coasts due to the health crisis.

– FILM –
Best film, drama

“The Father”

“Mank”

“Nomadland”

“Promising Young Woman”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best film, musical or comedy

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

“Hamilton”

“Music”

“Palm Springs”

“The Prom”

Best actor, drama

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

Gary Oldman, “Mank”

Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritarian”

Best actress, 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 actor, 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 actress, 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 supporting actor

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”

Best supporting actress

Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”

Olivia Colman, “The Father”

Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian”

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”

Helena Zengel, “News of the World”

Best director

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

David Fincher, “Mank”

Regina King, “One Night in Miami”

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best foreign language film

“Another Round”

“La Llorona”

“The Life Ahead”

“Minari”

“Two of Us”

Best animated feature

“The Croods: A New Age”

“Onward”

“Over the Moon”

“Soul”

“Wolfwalkers”

– TELEVISION –
Best drama series

“The Crown”

“Lovecraft Country”

“The Mandalorian”

“Ozark”

“Ratched”

Best drama actor

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Al Pacino, “Hunters”

Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”

Best drama actress

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

Emma Corrin, “The Crown”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Sarah Paulson, “Ratched”

Best musical or comedy series

“Emily in Paris”

“The Flight Attendant”

“The Great”

“Schitt’s Creek”

“Ted Lasso”

Best musical or comedy actor

Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”

Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”

Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”

Best musical or comedy actress

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 limited series or TV movie

“Normal People”

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“Small Axe”

“The Undoing”

“Unorthodox”

Best limited series or TV movie actor

Bryan 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 limited series or TV movie actress

Cate Blanchett, “Mrs America”

Daisy Edgar-Jones, “Normal People”

Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”

Nicole Kidman, “The Undoing”

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”

FILMS WITH MOST NOMINATIONS

“Mank” – 6

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” – 5

“The Father” – 4

“Nomadland” – 4

“Promising Young Woman” – 4

The Globes: Some Memorable Golden Moments

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 09, 2019 Golden Globe trophies are set by the stage ahead of the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)

 

Hollywood’s awards season kicks into high gear Sunday with the Golden Globes, but the usual boozy party will be replaced with a pandemic-proof ceremony, hosted by comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from New York and Beverly Hills.

The ceremony will certainly be unusual, given that the stars cannot gather en masse for what is usually the party of the year, but that does not mean the potential for zany fun is completely lost.

After all, if the A-listers cannot convene at the Beverly Hilton, they can always drink champagne at home before they appear at camera to accept their awards.

The following are some memorable Golden Globes moments from years past — some poignant, some funny and some just plain fun:

Tearful tribute to Jack Lemmon

In 1998, an emotional Ving Rhames, who won the Globe for best actor in a television movie for his work in HBO’s “Don King: Only in America,” asked fellow nominee Jack Lemmon (“12 Angry Men”) to come on stage.

The audience gave Lemmon a standing ovation — and Rhames gave him his award.

“I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I’d like to give this to you, Mr Jack Lemmon,” Rhames said.

“That is one of the nicest, sweetest moments I have ever known in my life,” Lemmon said, calling Rhames’ performance as the legendary boxing promoter “brilliant.”

Rhames refused to take it back when Lemmon offered. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the event, eventually made another award and sent it to Rhames, according to IMDb.

Angelina makes a splash

Actress Angelina Jolie literally made a splash after her 1999 Golden Globe win, jumping into the pool at the Beverly Hilton — and pulling a journalist in with her.

The actress had said before the ceremony that she would take the plunge if she won — and stuck to her word.

She took home the trophy for her work in “Gia,” an HBO biopic about model Gia Carangi, who tumbled into drug addiction and died of AIDS-related complications at age 26.

Jeremy Renner on J-Lo’s ‘globes’

“Avengers ” actor Jeremy Renner found himself at the center of a Twitterstorm in 2015 over an off-color joke made as he gave out an award alongside Jennifer Lopez.

After the nominees were announced, the singer — who recently performed at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration — asked her co-presenter if she should open the envelope, telling him: “I have the nails.”

“You’ve got the globes, too,” he retorted, prompting a wave of complaints on social media that he had sexually harassed her on live TV.

Jodie Foster comes out… sort of

This Golden moment had nothing to do with bad or even cheeky behavior — actress and director Jodie Foster’s moving soliloquy in 2013 remains a highlight.

At the time, the notoriously private Foster was still in what Out magazine witheringly called a “glass closet” — hiding deliberately in plain sight — as she prepared to accept a lifetime achievement award.

It sounded like she was finally going to put the issue of her sexuality to rest when she said: “I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public… But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this.”

And then she said, “I am single. Yes I am. I am single,” to laughter and applause, before offering a sweet tribute to former long-time partner Cydney Bernard.

Party cancelled

It’s one thing to behave badly at a party, but it’s a worse offense to spoil everyone’s fun by canceling the event in its entirety.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association shelved the Golden Globes during the Writers Guild of America strike in 2008 after the Screen Actors Guild said its members wouldn’t cross picket lines outside the ceremony.

With the threat of an empty red carpet, the awards were replaced with a dull televised press conference announcing the winners.

Even the pandemic of the past year has not forced a cancellation…

2019 Golden Globe Awards: Full List Of Winners

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Robert Persichetti Jr., Peter Ramsey, Christina Steinberg and Rodney Rothman attend the official viewing and after party of The Golden Globe Awards hosted by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. PHOTO: Rachel Luna/Getty

 

Here are the winners in key categories at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhaspody” pulled a major upset, taking home two top prizes — best drama film and best actor for Rami Malek, who played the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury.

Civil rights dramedy “Green Book” took home three prizes overall, and Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won two Globes.

– FILM –

Best film, drama: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best film, musical or comedy: “Green Book”

Best actor, drama: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best actress, drama: Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Best actor, musical or comedy: Christian Bale, “Vice”

Best actress, musical or comedy: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Best supporting actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Best foreign language film: “Roma” (Mexico)

Best screenplay: “Green Book” — Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly

Best original song: “Shallow” (from “A Star Is Born”) — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

Best animated feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

– TELEVISION –

Best drama series: “The Americans” (FX)

Best drama actor: Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”

Best drama actress: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Best musical or comedy series: “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

Best musical or comedy actor: Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Best musical or comedy actress: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best supporting actor (all categories): Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”

Best limited series or TV movie: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

Best limited series or TV movie actor: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Best limited series or TV movie actress: Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

– FILMS WITH MULTIPLE WINS –

“Green Book” — 3

“Bohemian Rhapsody” — 2

“Roma” — 2

AFP