Bi-coastal is the word of the awards season this year, and no, it's got nothing to do with their sexuality. This year's 78th Golden Globe (the "Fun Oscars") was hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for the fourth time; Tina Fey was co-hosting from the Rainbow Room in New York, Amy Poehler co-hosting from the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles, where it is usually hosted—the opposite coasts of America . The live audience included first responders and essential workers, dressed in glitter and masks. Normally held in January, this time round, the pandemic kinda pushed things around, like it did with most other things.
87 international journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which notably doesn't have any black members, decide the winners. (Poehler and Fey tore HFPA's lack of diversity a new one in their monologue) Netflix leads the nominations in both movies and TV, with Mank and The Crown earning six nominations each. (Major black made and black led films like Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were not included in the Best Film nominations). Helen Hoehne, Vice President at HFPA, noted this lacunae, "Just like in film and television, black representation is vital. We must have black journalists in our association." Empty, hopeful words?
The ballgown and the tuxedo is the symbol of the decadent glory of cinema and the awards season is its extreme culmination. This year we got some in-person looks, but most were pixelated gowns screenshot via Zoom. Then there was Bill Murray in a Hawaiian golfing shirt and a martini as his accessory. (Speaking of alcohol, we cannot NOT mention David Fincher taking a shot for every loss of an award)
Laverne Cox (in a stunning Thai Nguyen), Kate Hudson, and Academy Award winner Regina King got the memo and did their "red carpet" zoom interviews standing so we could get a look at what they were wearing.
There was also Elle Fanning in her mint green silk charmeuse Gucci frock, Gillian Anderson in Christian Dior, Sara Paulson in a black off shoulder Prada dress with a purple cast, and Amanda Seyfried in her crimson floor-length Oscar de la Renta embellished with fabric flowers. And we are still finding our words to describe Anya Taylor Joy's magnificent side-part that paired with the deep neck, emerald Dior.
As with Zoom calls, backgrounds were important. From having too many doors, to having Olivia Munn in Aaron Sorkin's background (??), Twitter got out its magnifying glasses to investigate hidden kinks in celebrity bookshelves. If you were a cool cucumber like Dan Levy in a lime green Valentino tux, you kept your background an industrial grey nothingness.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah (Whose acceptance speech was cut off due to … Zoom? Been there.)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role – John Boyega – Small Axe
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy – Catherine O'Hara – Schitt's Creek
Best Motion Picture, Animated – Soul
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television -Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture – Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Recipient of this year's Carol Burnett Award – Norman Lear
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama – Emma Corrin – The Crown
Best Original Song, Motion Picture – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, and Niccolò Agliardi, for "Io Sì (Seen)" – The Life Ahead
Best Original Score, Motion Picture – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste – Soul
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy – Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso
Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy – Schitt's Creek
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama – Josh O'Connor – The Crown
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language – Minari (USA)
Best Television Series, Drama – The Crown
Recipient of this year's Cecil B. deMille Award – Jane Fonda
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role – Gillian Anderson – The Crown
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television – Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen's Gambit
Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television – The Queen's Gambit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama – Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Best Director, Motion Picture – Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama – Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Best Motion Picture, Drama – Nomadland