Golden Globes 2021 Awards: Nomadland wins top honors

By Marriska on March 1, 2021 | Leave a Comment

Chloe Zhao wins for Nomadland
See the complete list of Golden Globes 2021 Award Winners

The 78th Golden Globe Awards were held on Sunday night (Feb. 28), honoring the best in movies and television. Due to the pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony took place both virtually and in-person as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted this year’s ceremony from New York and Los Angeles, respectively.

Nomadland took the top honors, winning Best Picture (drama) and Best Director for Chloé Zhao (pictured above). She made history as she became the first woman of Asian descent and second woman ever to win the best director award in the 78-year history of the Golden Globes. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won Best Picture in the musical/comedy category, and even earned Sacha Baron Cohen the Best Actor award.

There were some surprising wins, with Rosamund Pike winning Best Actress in comedy/musical for her work in I Care A Lot, Andra Day won Best Actress in drama for The United States vs. Billie Holiday and Jodie Foster earned Best Supporting Actress for The Mauritanian.

The late Chadwick Boseman won a posthumous award for Best Actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife Taylor Simone Ledward gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech as she accepted the award on his behalf. She said: “He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors. He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that amplifies that little voice inside of all of us.” She added tearfully: “I don’t have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love.”

The cutest moment of the show was when Minari won for Best Foreign Language Film. When the camera cut to director Lee Isaac Chung for his acceptance speech, his seven-year-old daughter jumped and hugged her dad, saying, “I prayed! I prayed!” Chung thanked his team, his wife who he said was “hiding over there,” and he thanked his daughter who was still clinging to him.

He said: “She’s the reason I made this film. I just want to say that Minari is about a family. It’s a family trying to learn how to speak a language of its own. It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart, and I’m trying to learn it myself and to pass it on, and I hope we’ll all learn how to speak this language of love to each other, especially this year. God bless you all, and thank you.” Click here to read our review of Minari.

Aaron Sorkin earned the award for Best Screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7 and in his acceptance speech, he paid tribute to the three women who were nominated for best director. “You are the reason my college-age daughter wants to be a filmmaker, and I’m never going to forgive you for that,” he joked.

On the television side, Netflix’s The Crown won four awards including Best Drama, Schitt’s Creek won for Best Comedy, and The Queen’s Gambit won Best Limited Series.

The Golden Globes has been in hot water recently after the revelation that there are no Black journalists among the 87 members who vote for the awards. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a statement during the ceremony, asking for a change: “Everyone is upset with the HFPA and their choices. Look, a lot of flashy garbage got nominated, but that happens. That is their thing. But a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked. But even with stupid things, inclusivity is important. There’s no Black members of the HFPA. You have to change that.”

The HFPA used the broadcast to issue a statement, announcing their plans to include more Black journalists in their organization. Helen Hoehne, vice president of the HFPA said, “Tonight while we celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognize we have our own work to do. Like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization.”

See the complete list of winners below! ~Marriska Fernandes

Best Picture, Drama

WINNER: Nomadland
The Father

Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actress, Drama

WINNER: Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor, Comedy

WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

WINNER: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Director

WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami…
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor, Drama

WINNER: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Drama Series

WINNER: The Crown
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian

Best Limited Series or TV Movie

WINNER: The Queen’s Gambit
Normal People

Small Axe
The Undoing

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

WINNER: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series

WINNER: Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER: Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Foreign Language Feature

WINNER: Minari
Another Round

La Llorona
The Life Ahead
Two of Us

Best Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER: Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Actress, Comedy

WINNER: Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Comedy Series

WINNER: Schitt’s Creek
Emily in Paris

The Flight Attendant
The Great
Ted Lasso

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Original Score


The Midnight Sky
News of the World

Best Original Song

WINNER: “Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…
“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER: Emma Corrin, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Screenplay

WINNER: Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

WINNER: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

Best Animated Feature

The Croods: A New Age

Over the Moon

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series

WINNER: John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
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

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