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Golden Globes highlight popular streaming favorites, lack diversity

On Feb. 28, comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosted the 78th Golden Globe Awards on NBC. In an unprecedented bicoastal broadcast hosted in New York and Los Angeles, with most attendees joining via Zoom, the ceremony awarded outstanding work in front of and behind the camera in both television and film. 

Selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), an international cadre of 87 journalists, the awards came under fire for failing to include a single Black voter.  

HFPA Vice President Helen Hoehne took the stage to address the organization’s lack of inclusion. 

“We recognize we have our own work to do,” Hoehne said. “We must have Black journalists in our organization.” 

The HFPA’s statement did not stop Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy winner Sacha Baron Cohen or co-host Fey from making jokes at the organization’s expense. 

“Let’s see what these European weirdos nominated today!” Fey said during her and Poehler’s opening monologue. 

Dan Levy, the co-creator of “Schitt’s Creek,” addressed the controversy during his acceptance speech for Best TV Series ― Musical or Comedy.

“I hope that, next time this year, this ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of the television being made today,” Levy said. 

Levy also linked the comedy’s big win to its portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters and relationships.

“This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages ‘Schitt’s Creek’ has come to stand for, the idea that inclusion can bring about growth and love to a community,” Levy  said. 

Catherine O’Hara, Levy’s co-star in the CBC sitcom, also won  Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series ― Musical or Comedy. 

Aside from “Schitt’s Creek,” Netflix’s original content dominated Sunday evening, with both “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” sweeping all their categories. 

After 62 million households watched “The Queen’s Gambit” within its first month of release, the show’s wins came as little surprise. Playing Beth Harmon, an intimidating orphaned chess prodigy who practices her moves on the ceiling, Anya Taylor-Joy was a sure bet for Best Actress ― Miniseries or Television Film. 

Taylor-Joy wore a Dior Couture shimmering green gown almost as captivating as her performance this year. Any Lewis & Clark Pioneer who follows the award show fashion circuit also might have noticed Josh O’Connor’s old-school suit and tie, or Andra Day in gauzy silver Chanel. 

However, the outfit that arguably best captured the bizarre night was Best Supporting Actress winner Jodie Foster’s matching pajama set. When the acceptance speeches are delivered over Zoom, anything goes. 

Unfortunately, the Zoom and FaceTime-heavy format led to some hiccups. Daniel Kaluuya, the first awardee of the night for his supporting role in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” was initially unable to deliver his acceptance speech due to an audio malfunction. 

Attempts at pandemic-related humor, like a skit that saw celebrities seeking telehealth with real frontline workers, fell flat. It was at its most heartrending moments of grief, however, that the Golden Globes seemed most genuine. 

Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from colon cancer last August, won posthumously for Best Actor in a Motion Picture ― Drama. Visibly overwhelmed and in tears, his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, delivered a tearjerker of an acceptance speech on his behalf. 

“He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward said. “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, ‘You can.’” 

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions in the entertainment industry, Jane Fonda addressed the pandemic head-on in another stirring speech. 

“In turbulent, crisis-torn times like these, storytelling has always been essential,” Fonda said. 

Chloé Zhao, who became the first Asian-American woman to win Best Director, spoke about storytelling in the present moment. 

She calls her film “Nomadland” a “pilgrimage through grief and healing.” 

“So, for everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives, this is for you,” Zhao said. “We don’t say ‘goodbye’; we say, ‘see you down the road.’” 

For a full list of winners, visit www.goldenglobes.com.

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