The first major film awards were presented last night with the Golden Globes. Were at the movie Nomadland, Borat Subsequent Movie Film and Soul the winners with two prizes each.
During film prizes and award shows we are reminded even more of what a strange year we have had. Not only does the presentation take place via Zoom, of course – although that was a very fancy Zoom meeting at the Golden Globes – the closure of the cinemas also has a visible effect.
Nomadland none of that mattered. The low-budget film won the Best Drama Film category and saw Chloé Zhao voted Best Director. This makes her, after Barbra Streisand in 1983, only the second woman to win a Golden Globe in that category. History had already been written in this area with three female directors among the nominees.
Sacha Baron Cohen
The statuette in the category Best Comedy or Musical Film was for Borat Subsequent Movie Film. Sacha Baron Cohen also won a prize herself as the lead actor in that film. For his supporting role The Trial of the Chicago 7 he did miss it. That Golden Globe was for Daniel Kaluuya for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Best Supporting Actress was for Jodie Foster in The Mauritanian. Rosemund Pike (Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical) and Andra Day (Best Actress in a Drama Film) were the other winners for their roles in I Care a Lot and The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 didn’t have to go home empty-handed because Aaron Sorking won the Golden Globe for Best Script. Another notable moment was the anticipated posthumous award for Chadwick Boseman for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Best Foreign Language Film was then again praised for it Minari. The fact that that film was not eligible for the main prizes was controversial. This is because it is an American production, but Korean is largely spoken.
Finally, there was also the beautiful Soul from Disney that got two Golden Globes. That film came out on top in Best Animated Film and Best Film Music. Best Film Song went surprisingly to Io Si by Niccolò Agliardi, Laura Pausini and Diane Warren for the Italian film La vita davanti a sé.
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