The film “Nomadland” emerged as the winner on Sunday evening of the Golden Globes ceremony, who have also distinguished a slew of black artists, including the late Chadwick Boseman, in major categories after coming under heavy criticism this week over the lack of a black juror within the organization.
“Nomadland”, a hymn to the glory of modern hippies traveling the United States in their vans, won in the flagship category for best dramatic film while its director, the Chinese Chloé Zhao, 38, became the second woman in Golden Globe history to win in this category, after Barbra Streisand in 1984.
“I especially want to thank the nomads who shared their stories with us,” she said of the actors in her film, most of them amateurs actually living on the roads.
“Mank”, from Netflix, leaves empty-handed
At the top of the nominations with six, Netflix’s black and white film “Mank” left empty-handed from the evening.
Andra Day, a young black American actress created a surprise by winning the category of best actress in a dramatic film thanks to her role in “Billie Holiday, a matter of state”. She had several famous actresses in front of her, including Frances McDorman, the only professional star on “Nomadland”.
Several other black actors have also won Golden Globes, first Chadwick Boseman for “The Blues of Ma Rainey”, the last work in which he turned before succumbing to cancer last summer. The star revealed by “Black Panther” won against heavyweights like Anthony Hopkins, eight-time unsuccessful Golden Globe nominee, and Gary Oldman.
Another “Black Panther” by proxy, Briton Daniel Kaluuya received the award for best supporting role for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, a young leader of the black revolutionary movement, killed in December 1969 during a police raid.
The film shows the efforts of this leader of the Black Panthers to mobilize activists in Chicago against the police violence that targeted the black community in the 1960s, a theme that still remains relevant in the wake of the major protests that rocked states. -United last year.
“I hope that in several generations we will be able to see how he brilliantly fought and spoke brilliantly,” the actor said of Fred Hampton, assuring him that the activist Black Panther had taught him a lot about himself and the had “made grow as a man”.
The Golden Globes night featured diversity, a paradox as the awards-giving Hollywood Foreign Press Association was heavily criticized this week for having no black journalists among its 87 active members.
Several participants in the Sunday evening, including the two mistresses of ceremonies, more or less kindly pinned them on the subject.
“We recognize that we have to work on it. As with films and television, the representation of black people is crucial, ”HFPA officials came on stage to declare.
The Golden Globes are one of the most coveted awards in American cinema and can bolster the favorites in the race for the Oscars or, conversely, dampen their hopes.
Unlike the Oscars, they distinguish between comedies and dramatic films. If Sacha Baron Cohen missed the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Film for his performance in “The Chicago Seven”, he was hit with “Borat 2”, crowned best comedy. The Briton also leaves with the trophy for best actor in a comedy.
Shot in difficult conditions, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, “Borat 2” sees the comedian take the role of this fictitious and rude Kazakh journalist, to better highlight the failings of American society.
Among women, it was her compatriot Rosamund Pike who won for her role in the film “I Care A Lot”, while the American Jodie Foster received the award for best supporting actress for her performance in “Designated Guilty ”of a fierce lawyer defending a Mauritanian wrongly accused of terrorism by the United States and imprisoned for 14 years in Guantanamo.
“Minari” by American director Lee Isaac Chung received the award for best foreign language film. The feature film, which tells the story of an American family of South Korean descent in search of a new life in the countryside, was automatically placed among foreign language films when many believed it ‘he should have competed in the queen categories.
The Golden Globes ceremony was completely virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic which has hit southern California heavily. It was for the first time organized on horseback between its traditional palace in Beverly Hills, California, and a club in New York.
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