Netflix Royal Drama and Chloe Zhao were a toast of the night amid technical difficulties and against the backdrop of diversity issues

With patchy WiFi, delayed sound and zoom chaos, the 78 Golden Globes a semi-virtual ceremony that was once again dominated by British stars, but marked by technical difficulties and a re-examination of the lack of diversity in the awards

A year after Phoebe Waller-Bridges Fleabag and Sam Mendes led a near-British invasion of the globes in 1917, Netflix’s prestigious drama The Crown won for best television series along with a series of acting awards for its Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) , Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson)

The night began with wins for two black British stars for best supporting actor in film and television – Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and The Black Messiah and John Boyega in Steve McQueen’s Small Ax – two wins that highlighted the animated technology and Night of the Night Diversity struggles Kaluuya’s speech was almost cut short due to microphone problems (“You’re making me dirty!” He said as the globes were cut away and then cut back) while Boyega’s excitement was filtered through annoying noises

The victories also underscored the growing outrage over the Golden Globes governing body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), after two Los Angeles Times inquiries into the island’s lack of diversity – the 87-strong group does not include black members – and allegations of ethical errors, personal responsibility and financial inappropriateness

The evening was another triumphant year for Netflix – The Queen’s Gambit, the streamer’s most-watched miniseries to date, won the grand prize for limited series and brought star Anya Taylor-Joy her first Golden Globe. No program was as ubiquitous as The Crown, which received three more awards and increased its Globe total to six

“You have taught me compassion and empathy beyond measure,” Corrin said in her speech and thanked the real Princess Diana O’Connor, meanwhile, urged the audience to “all together put mental health at the forefront of our thinking”

On the comedy side, the final season of Schitt’s Creek has ridden its wave of Emmys domination to win Best Series and Best Actress for Catherine O’Hara

Baron Cohen won top comedy film awards for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, his sequel to the hit 2006 comedy about an eccentric Kazakh journalist who toured the US and made headlines for an awkward, controversial bedroom scene with Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani “Donald Trump denies the results he claims that many dead voted, which is very rude to say about the HFPA, “joked Baron Cohen in his best actor speech

For the first time in Golden Globes history, most of the nominations for Best Directors were women – Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Regina King for One Night in Miami, and winner Chloé Zhao for Nomadland

Nomadland, a lavish observational film about elderly Americans displaced to mobile homes on the street by the recession, also triumphed as Best Drama Film, a significant win for a director whose first two films were independent, fervently non-commercial projects

“For me, Nomadland is essentially a pilgrimage through grief and healing,” said Zhao, accepting a living room on Zoom like all other stars. “For everyone who has gone through this difficult journey at some point in their life, this is for you ”

Best Actor in a Drama went to the late Chadwick Boseman, whose death in August at the age of 43 from colon cancer shocked the industry, for his final role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in an emotional speech, said his wife Taylor Simone Ledward, the Black Panther star would say “something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would reinforce that little voice in all of us that tells you you can, that tells you to move on”

There were also big wins for Rosamund Pike for Best Actress in a Comedy for I Care A Lot and Andra Day for Best Actress in a Drama for The United States against Billie Holliday

The report that the HFPA – whose event marks the start of Hollywood’s awards season and has oversized clout in the industry – does not have a single black member was widely criticized prior to the ceremony, particularly given the snubs for black-run television series (I Can You destroy) and ensemble films (Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and One Night in Miami) several industry stars including Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Amy Schumer, Sterling K Brown and Judd Apatow, tweeted convictions under the hashtag #TimesUpGlobes with a graphic from Time’s Up, the Hollywood organization founded as part of #MeToo and calling for HFPA reform

The tension was not left unmentioned by comedians of the night comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who returned for the fourth time in 2013-15 after a stretch The duo stood side by side on a split screen across the country (Fey in New York, Poehler in Los Angeles), addressing rooms that (per Covid’s safety protocols) were filled with key workers and health professionals instead of the usual megawatt celebrities

The two took their usual lighthearted nudges at the awards show and the wrong hierarchy of film versus television before acknowledging the HFPA controversy. “Everyone is understandably upset about the HFPA and its decisions,” said Poehler. “Look, a lot of rubbish was nominated, but that happens, OK? That’s like their thing. But a number of black actors and black-led projects have been overlooked ”

“We all know awards are stupid,” said Fey, “but even with stupid things, inclusivity is important”Since there were no black members, Fey spoke directly to the HFPA:” Maybe you didn’t get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s, but you have to change that””

The HFPA leadership also briefly responded to the criticism on stage, “We have our own work to do we must have black journalists in our organization, “said a German member. Another repeated the association’s statement to the Times earlier this week, saying the association was looking forward to” a broader future “

Criticism of the HFPA’s lack of diversity ranged throughout the evening from comedic blows (“Thanks to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,” said Sacha Baron Cohen, who accepted the best comedy film Borat Subsequent MovieFilm) to serious demands Voiced Reform Actress, activist, and Hollywood legacy legend Jane Fonda accepted the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award and called on industry leaders to support multi-faceted storytelling

“[There’s] a story we couldn’t see or hear in this industry,” she said. “A story about what voices we respect and raise and which ones we turn off, a story about who has a seat at the table and who has stayed out of the rooms in which decisions are made

Fonda urged Hollywood “including the groups that decide who gets hired, what to do and who wins awards,” to lead the way and “strive to expand this tent so everyone can stand up and every story a chance.” Has”seen and heard”

Time’s Up President and CEO Tina Tchen was quick to respond to the ceremony. “The statements made by the HFPA tonight and in the past few days indicate a fundamental lack of understanding of the depth of the issues at hand,” she said in a letter “Your stated version of the change is cosmetic – find black people that is not a solution”

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