Nomadland makes Golden Globes history, as Boseman honoured

Nomadland director Chloe Zhao, who was also named best director, is the first female director to win best drama.

Chloe Zhao made history as her film Nomadland was named best picture. She also won best director [Peter Kramer/NBC Handout via Reuters]

Nomadland made Golden Globes history on Sunday night as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards’ top prize for best drama, while the biting satire, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, won top film honours for comedy, in a mostly virtual ceremony that was marked by pandemic conditions and calls for more diversity.

Nomadland, a semi-fictional drama about people forced to live on the road and work menial jobs in a recession-hit United States also took the best director prize for Chinese-born Chloe Zhao. It made Zhao only the second woman to win at the Globes in that category, and the first female director of colour to win.

The late Chadwick Boseman won best actor for 1920s blues drama, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, six months after his death from cancer at age 43, in a night of emotional moments interspersed with technical glitches, awkward jokes and a backlash over the lack of Black members of diversity among the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the prizes.

“I especially want to thank the nomads who shared their stories with us,” said Beijing-born Zhao, 38, of the non-actors who live on the open road and starred alongside Oscar winner Frances McDormand.

“For everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives – this is for you. We don’t say goodbye. We say see you down the road,” she added after the film won top honours.

Chadwick Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted Boseman’s award for Best Actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom [NBC Handout via Reuters]

Usually a star-packed party that draws Tinseltown’s biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this year’s event was broadcast from identical sets at the Beverly Hilton and New York’s Rainbow Room, with essential workers and a few A-list presenters among the few in attendance.

The night’s most poignant moment came with Boseman’s win.

“He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifice,” said his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, who accepted the Globe on his behalf.

“He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history,” she added.

Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen, the creator of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm from Amazon Studios, was named best comedy movie actor, while Andra Day was a surprise winner for playing singer Billie Holliday in The United States vs Billie Holliday.

British royal drama The Crown, comedy Schitt’s Creek, and chess saga The Queen’s Gambit collected the top awards for television.

Actors Emma Corrin, who played a young Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles, and Gillian Anderson, who played former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, in the Netflix series were also winners.

Elsewhere, British actors Daniel Kaluuya and John Boyega, and animated movie “Soul” were among other diverse winners chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which has been lambasted for having no Black people among its 87 members.

Members of the HFPA appeared on Sunday’s show and pledged to do better.

Golden Globe winners in 2020


Best drama: Nomadland

Best comedy or musical: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best actor (drama): Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best actress (drama):  Andra Day for The United States vs Billie Holiday

Best actor (comedy or musical): Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best actress (comedy or musical): Rosamund Pike  for I Care a Lot

Best director: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland

Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah

Best supporting actress: Jodie Foster for The Mauritanian

Best animated film: Soul

Best foreign language film: Minari (USA)

Lee Isaac Chung, winner of the best foreign-language film for Minari, with his daughter [NBC Handout via Reuters]


Best TV drama series: The Crown”

Best TV comedy/musical series: Schitt’s Creek

Best actor (TV drama):  Josh O’Connor for The Crown

Best actress (TV drama): Emma Corrin for The Crown

Best actor (TV comedy/musical): Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso

Best actress (TV comedy/musical): Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek

Best TV movie or limited series: The Queen’s Gambit

Source: News Agencies