The 78th Annual Golden Globe Winners (AWARDS 2020)

Surprises and diversity peppered the winners list for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

For a full list of the Television Winners, click here.

For an organization under fire for not having any black members and, subsequently, for snubbing major black-themed films in the Best Picture categories, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ended up honoring a lot of black filmmakers at its 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Further emphasizing diversity, Nomadland won Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Asian-American filmmaker Chloé Zhao; she was one of three female nominees in the Directing category, a first in Globes history. It was only the second time a woman has won the Globes’ directing honor. The first came way back in 1984 when Barbara Streisand won for her directorial debut Yentl.

The night began with a spree of wins for black talent, but the big capper came when the late Chadwick Boseman won Best Male Performance for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. As if the win wasn’t emotional enough, Chadwick’s widow Taylor Simone Ledward gave a speech so moving and well-spoken (all while somehow keeping a flood of tears at bay) that it’ll be hard for Academy voters to not cast their ballots for a sequel on Oscar night. You can watch it here:

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Watch Chadwick Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accept the late actor’s #GoldenGlobes win

Boseman’s expected win came later on in an evening that opened with three consecutive wins for black artists telling black stories. The first award of the night was a legitimate surprise (if also completely warranted), when Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Deserving in every regard, the only caveat to his win is that it’s more of a lead role.

That was quickly followed by John Boyega winning a TV acting trophy for his turn in Amazon Prime’s miniseries anthology Small Axe, and then again by Soul which won Best Animated Feature. Not only did that movie have a black lead (a first for Pixar Studios), but one of its award-winners was co-director Kemp Powers (an African-American).

Later, Soul would add a Best Original Score win to its tally, with Stephen Colbert‘s band leader Jon Batiste being one of the winning composers as the man behind all of the original jazz music.

The night’s biggest shockers came in the Best Female Performance categories. First, Rosamund Pike (I Care A Lot) beat major contenders Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit), and Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma.) for the Musical or Comedy prize. Not only is Pike’s performance a long shot for an Oscar nomination, but the dark satire is considered to be more dramatic than comedic (or so I’ve read).

Then even more stunning, first-time actress Andra Day (another African-American nominee) won in the Drama Lead category for her transformation into singing legend Billie Holiday for director Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday. It’ll be interesting to see if this boosts Day to an Oscar nomination.

Along with Nomadland and Chloé Zhao, one of the night’s biggest winners was Sascha Baron Cohen. Mirroring Zhao’s drama victories, the British satirist snagged two of the biggest prizes in the Musical or Comedy categories, winning Best Picture and Male Performance for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Meanwhile, his Drama contender The Trial of the Chicago 7 earned writer/director Aaron Sorkin Best Screenplay.

As far as the actual ceremony goes — a largely virtual one co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on separate coasts, in venues of limited attendance by healthcare first-responders rather than Hollywood stars — it was an awkward affair with shaky transitions hampered by unavoidable time delays and technical glitches.

It was a game try under tough circumstances but a failure nonetheless, serving as yet another Zoomcast approach that the Academy would be loathe to repeat. Now more than ever, the Oscars will be determined to provide a live experience.

For a full list of the Television Winners, click here.

Films of 2020

Best Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Nomadland

Other Nominees:
– The Father
– Promising Young Woman
– The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Other Nominees:
– Hamilton
– Music
– Palm Springs
– The Prom

Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Other Nominees:
– Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
– Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
– Frances McDormand, Nomadland
– Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Other Nominees:
– Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
– Anthony Hopkins, The Father
– Gary Oldman, Mank
– Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot

Other Nominees:
– Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
– Kate Hudson, Music
– Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
– Anya Taylor-Joy , Emma.

Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Other Nominees:
– James Corden, The Prom
– Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
– Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
– Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Female Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Other Nominees:
– Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
– Olivia Colman, The Father
– Amanda Seyfried, Mank
– Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Other Nominees:
– Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
– Jared Leto, The Little Things
– Bill Murray, On the Rocks
– Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami…

Best Director
WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Other Nominees:
– Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
– David Fincher, Mank
– Regina King, One Night in Miami…
– Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Screenplay
WINNER: The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin

Other Nominees:
Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell
Mank, Jack Fincher
– The Father, Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
NomadlandChloé Zhao

Best Original Score
WINNER: Soul — Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor

Other Nominees:
The Midnight Sky, Alexandre Desplat
TenetLudwig Goransson
News of the WorldJames Newton Howard
MankAtticus Ross, Trent Reznor

Best Original Song
WINNER: “lo Si (Seen)” /  The Life Ahead – Laura Pausini / Diane Warren

Other Nominees:
– “Fight for You” / Judas and the Black Messiah – H.E.R.
– “Hear My Voice” / The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Celeste
– “Speak Now” / One Night in Miami… – Leslie Odom Jr.
– “Tigress & Tweed” / The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Andra Day

Best Animated Feature Film

Other Nominees:
– The Croods: A New Age
– Over the Moon
– Wolfwalkers

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: Minari (USA)

Other Nominees:
– Another Round (Denmark)
– La Llorona 
– The Life Ahead
– Two of Us

The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
Jane Fonda

The Carol Burnett Career Achievement in Television Award
Norman Lear

For a full list of the Television Winners, click here.

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2020 / 21 season:

Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics

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