“Nomadland”, Chadwick Boseman and “The Crown” crowned Golden Globes

The dramatic feature film “Nomadland” and the series “The Crown” were rewarded on Sunday evening at a mostly virtual Golden Globes ceremony due to the coronavirus health crisis and marked by calls for more diversity in the selections .

The film “Nomadland” came out on Sunday February 28 as the winner of the Golden Globes, which also distinguished a large number of black artists, including the late Chadwick Boseman, in major categories after being strongly criticized this week for the absence 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 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.

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 renowned 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, the 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 remains relevant today 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 him grow as a man”.

Part of diversity

The Golden Globes night featured diversity, a paradox as the awards-giving Hollywood Foreign Press Association came under heavy criticism 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. Thus, 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 on 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 “Nominated Guilty “of a fierce lawyer defending a Mauritanian wrongly accused of terrorism by the United States and imprisoned for 14 years in Guantanamo.

American director Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” 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 was ‘he should have competed in the queen categories.

Four-time award-winning “The Crown” series

On the series side, Netflix’s “The Crown” won four trophies, including best drama series, for its fourth season. After having been very centered on Queen Elizabeth during the first three seasons, “The Crown” took a step aside during this last vintage, to be interested in the princely couple formed by Charles and Diana, even if the queen remains present. .

Little-known young British actors Emma Corrin (Diana) and Josh O’Connor (Charles) received the Golden Globe for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Drama Series respectively on Sunday.

American actress Gillian Anderson was also named best actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, another key character in the fourth season, which covers the duration of her mandate, between 1979 and 1990. .

“The Crown” won in every category she was nominated for, having received a double nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series (Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth was also nominated) and Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter, for his incarnation of Princess Margaret).

Netflix largely emerged as the winner of the television categories in 2021 with, in addition to “The Crown”, two prizes for “The Queen’s Gambit”, designated in particular as best mini-series or TV movie.

Amazon, HBO, and the small new Apple TV + shared the remains, with a Golden Globe each for “Small Ax”, “I Know This Much is True”, and “Ted Lasso” respectively. Aside from “Schitt’s Creek”, traditional American television has been completely absent from the charts.

The Golden Globes ceremony this year was entirely virtual 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.

With AFP

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“Nomadland”, Chadwick Boseman and “The Crown” crowned Golden Globes