Golden Globes 2021: "Nomadland", "Borat" win top prizes

Photo: AP "Nomadland" filmmaker Chloe Zhao.

The soulful road drama "Nomadland" and the bawdy prank comedy "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" collected the top film prizes at the 78th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday at a largely virtual ceremony, NBC news reported.

"Nomadland" filmmaker Chloé Zhao became only the second woman to win the directing award — nearly 40 years after Barbra Streisand was recognized for "Yentl." Zhao, who is Chinese American, is the first woman of color to triumph in that category. In an acceptance speech from a remote location, Zhao described the celebrated film as "a pilgrimage through grief and healing."

"Borat," a raucous sequel to the Bush-era cult classic, triumphed in the best musical or comedy film category. Sacha Baron Cohen, the film's star, won best actor in a comedy and jokingly dedicated his prize to Rudy Giuliani, the target of one of his pranks. He called the former New York City mayor “a fresh new talent who came from nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius.”

In one of the most emotional moments of the night, Chadwick Boseman's widow accepted his posthumous award for best actor in a drama film for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," six months after his death at 43.

Netflix, which went into the Globes with a staggering 42 total nominations, dominated the television categories.

The glossy royalty saga "The Crown" won best drama series, as well as acting honors for Josh O'Connor (Prince Charles), Emma Cortin (Princess Diana) and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher). The streaming giant's “The Queen’s Gambit” won best limited series and best actress in that category for rising star Anya Taylor-Joy.

“Schitt’s Creek,” the warm-hearted Canadian series that grew its American audience on Netflix, won best comedy series for its final season. The veteran comedian Catherine O’Hara also took best actress in a comedy series.

Jason Sudeikis, winning the best actor in a TV comedy award for his starring role in the Apple TV Plus hit "Ted Lasso," embraced the relatively more informal spirit of the virtual event and accepted his trophy in a tie-dye hoodie.

The coronavirus crisis forced the producers of the Golden Globes to put on a largely virtual telecast, with nominees beamed in from their homes and hotel rooms via Zoom. Poehler, speaking to a small audience of masked guests at the Beverly Hilton in California, jokingly recalled that the ceremony is typically a free-wheeling, champagne-soaked party.

Two entertainment industry luminaries received lifetime achievement honors. Norman Lear, the storied creator of seminal sitcoms such as "All in the Family," was given the Carol Burnett Award, named for the comedian of the same name. Jane Fonda, the trailblazing actor and activist, accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In a passionate speech, Fonda paid tribute to the power of movies to foster empathy and called on Hollywood to push for diversity on screen, behind the camera and in board rooms.


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