The 78th Annual Golden Globes last night included big wins for Daniel Kaluuya, Andra Day, and John Boyega, as well as the late Chadwick Boseman. Though she didn’t win, Regina King’s nomination for Best Director of a Motion Picture also made history.
A recent Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that there are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hosts the Golden Globes. Many felt this explained why projects like Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods were snubbed. Despite the lack of diversity among the HFPA, the voters did take notice of the work of Boseman, Day, Boyega, Kaluuya, and King, even if the organization also heralded the storytelling within the widely-panned Emily in Paris.
Boseman’s role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom earned him the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama. He was nominated in the category along with Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Gary Oldman for Mank, and Tahar Rahim for The Mauritanian. Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf during the virtual ceremony.
"He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices," said Ledward, while holding back tears. "He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside all of that tells you that 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."
Kaluuya received the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for his outstanding portrayal of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. His acceptance speech was nearly cut off as a result of a technical glitch, but he was given the time to finish his acceptance speech. “You’re doing me dirty!” he said with a smile. “Like the great Nipsey Hussle said, 'We’re here to give until we’re empty,' and I gave everything.”
Day became the second Black woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her acting debut as Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, which was directed by Lee Daniels. Along with thanking God, her family, the cast and crew, and the other nominees in the category, Day thanked “the amazing, transformative, dynamic Billie Holiday, who just transformed me with this role and with her presence and with her spirit.”
Boyega won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role for his work in Steve McQueen’s anthology series Small Axe. He played Leroy Logan, a young Black man attempting to break the color barrier of London’s Metropolitan Police in the early 1980s, in the Red, White and Blue segment of Small Axe. While thanking Amazon, the BBC, and McQueen, Boyega confessed to wearing sweatpants during the virtual awards show.
Although King didn’t win, she is helping to shatter the glass ceiling as one of three women nominated in the usually male-dominated in the Best Director category. Her directorial debut, One Night in Miami, was up against Chloé Zhao for Nomadland, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, David Fincher for Mank, and Aaron Sorkin for Trial of the Chicago 7. Zhao became the first Asian woman to win the coveted award.
All of the films and series showcasing the excellent storytelling of Boseman, Day, Boyega, King, and Kaluuya are currently available for streaming.