Chadwick Boseman, who succumbed to stage four colon cancer in August last year after putting up a brave fight against the dreaded disease, made history at the 78th Golden Globe Awards, by winning the Award for Best Actor (Drama) for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Chadwick Bose became the first actor to win a Best actor award posthumously at the Golden Globes. Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award on his behalf.
Interestingly, the only other actor to have won the Best actor award posthumously is Heath Ledger, whose remarkable work in Joker was rewarded with an Oscar.
Other notable winners this year included actress Rosamund Pike, who picked up the Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for I Care a Lot. Pike is well known for her realistic portrayal of a vicious wife playing a victim in Gone Girl.
Chloe Zhao won the Award for Best Director, for Nomadland. Chloe is only the second woman to receive this award after Barbara Streisand. Nomadland also won the award for Best Picture (Drama) while Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won the award for Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy category.
Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ walked away with four awards namely, Best TV Drama, Best Actor in a TV Drama, Best Actress in a TV Drama and Best Supporting Actress. While the award for Best actor and actress in a TV Drama went to O’Conner and Emma Corrin, Gillian Anderson won the award for the Best Supporting Actress.
The ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from two different locations, through a zoom call was full of technical glitches and funny moments that were totally unintended.
To add to it, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which comprises of 87 journalists from around the world who nominate and pick the winners of the Golden Globes, came in for some very harsh criticism for not having a single black member in its ranks.
So severe was the criticism online that the HFPA rushed to put out a statement that said that it would look to set right this imbalance.