The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place on Sunday, were different from past years in many ways, but for better or for worse, the production made history.
In the virtual and in-person hybrid program, many actors, directors and writers took home awards from their living rooms. Some creatives, like Chloé Zhao, Andra Day and even the late Chadwick Boseman helped shape history with their awards and nominations.
Zhao won the award for Best Director of a Motion Picture for her film “Nomadland” – which also won Best Motion Picture for Drama – making it the first time an Asian woman has won Best Director. This also made Zhao the second woman to have ever won the award, following Barbara Streisand.
Day took home the title of Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Drama and was the first Black woman to win the award since Whoopi Goldberg in 1986. Day won the award for her performance in “The United States v. Billie Holiday.”
Boseman received a posthumous award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Drama for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” His wife accepted the award on his behalf.
First-year business administration student BJ Miles said he thought the award show was a hit. As a big fan of “Schitt’s Creek,” he was happy the show won the award for Best TV Series as a comedy. He said the show is a big milestone for queer representation on TV and enjoyed seeing it recognized as the meaningful show he thinks it is.
However, he said some of the technical difficulties of the hybrid ceremony affected the program as a whole.
“Some of the moments were so awkward,” Miles said. “With the first 10 minutes, Daniel Kaluuya couldn't even speak because something was wrong with the connection. They did the best they could. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did the best they could with what they were given.”