“Nomadland”, which is a tribute to contemporary “hippies”, the “trailer dwellers” who roam the United States in their old vehicles, won the Best Dramatic Film award, while its American director, Chloe Gao, 38, became the second woman in history. The “Golden Globe” gets the best director award after Barbara Streisand in 1984.
“For me, Nomadland is deep in a pilgrimage through pain and healing,” said Gao.
“I would like to pay a special thanks to the nomads who shared their stories with us,” she added, referring to the actors in her film, most of whom are amateurs who actually live on the roads in difficult conditions often.
“Mank” came out empty-handed from the announcement of the awards, despite the top nominations, as it got six of them.
Andra Day was a surprise to her, as she won the award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Film for her role in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (The United States versus Billie Holiday). Day has been ahead of a number of high-profile competitions, among them Frances McDormand, who is the only professional actress in “Badawi”.
A number of other black actors won prizes, including the American Chadwick Bozeman, who died last August of cancer, as he was awarded the Best Actor in a Dramatic Film for his performance in “What Renees Black Batum”, his last work before his departure. The “Black Panther” star got ahead of two high-caliber names, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins, who has been nominated eight times and has not won any of them.
Another black winner, Britain’s Daniel Kaluuya, won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah”, in which he played Fred Hampton, the leader of the black revolutionary movement who was killed in December 1969 in a police raid.
The film centers on the efforts of Hampton, the leader of the “Black Panthers”, to mobilize against police violence that targeted blacks in the 1960s, a topic that is still on the agenda after the mass protests that rocked the United States last year.
“I hope that after many generations, people will be able to see how he fought brilliantly and spoke brilliantly,” the actor said of Fred Hampton.
The Golden Globe Awards reflected the eagerness to highlight diversity at a time when the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood, which selects the winners, was under fire this week for not having any blacks among its 87 members.
A number of participants in the announcement of the awards, on Sunday, did not hesitate to criticize this reality gently, including the presenters Tina Fey and Amy Buehler.
“We realize that we have to work on that, as is the case with films and television,” Association officials said on the scene. “Black representation is very important.”
The Golden Globe Awards are gaining great attention in the American film community, and those working in this sector are seeking to win them. It may boost the fortunes of the most prominent Oscar nominees, but it also, on the contrary, may dampen their hopes.
The Golden Globe Awards distinguish between drama and comedies, in contrast to other awards such as the Oscars.
And if Sacha Baron Cohen failed to win the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Film for his role in “The Chicago Seven Trail,” then he won the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film for “Borat 2”, which also won the award for best film in this category.
Filmed in difficult circumstances, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the actor assumes the role of a fictional and rude Kazakh journalist to better shed light on the reality of American society.
Among the actresses, the award was given to fellow countryman Rosemond Pike for her role in “I Care A Lat”.
American Jodi Foster won the Best Actress Award in a Supporting Role for the movie “The Mauritanian”, where she plays a fierce lawyer who defends a Mauritanian whom the United States has wrongly accused of terrorism and arrested over 15 years in Guantanamo.
“Minary” by American director Lee Isaac Chang won the award for best foreign language film, and it deals with the story of an American family of Korean descent who moves to the countryside. Many believed that this film was supposed to be included in the main categories, not within the category of films in the foreign language.
The American actress and activist Jane Fonda won an award for her entire work at a ceremony, Sunday, to culminate in a career in film and television and in defending social issues over the course of nearly 60 years.
“The Crown” dominated the TV categories this year with four awards, and Netflix reaped other rewards during the ceremony, especially thanks to Anna Taylor-Joy in “The Queens Gambit.”
The announcement of the awards was held completely virtualized due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has severely affected Southern California. For the first time in the history of the Golden Globes, the celebration was organized in two locations, namely, Beverly Hills in California, and the Rainbow Room in New York.