As outrage swirled over the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation’s perceived lack of inclusivity, and its principally digital Golden Globes ceremony dogged by technical points, the opening salvo within the pandemic-affected awards season additionally signalled that Hollywood’s temper is underscored with a way of grief.
The late actor Chadwick Boseman posthumously gained the most effective actor (drama) prize for his function as trumpeter Levee Inexperienced in Twenties-set drama Ma Rainey’s Black Backside. His widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf, saying in an emotional speech: “He would say one thing stunning, one thing inspiring, one thing that might amplify that little voice within all of us that tells you possibly can, that tells you to maintain going, that calls you again to what you are supposed to be doing on this second in historical past.”
The incongruity of holding a glitzy ceremony solely days after the US recorded a Covid-related loss of life toll of 500,000 was not misplaced on the ceremony’s members. Whereas her movie Nomadland revolved across the devastation attributable to one other nationwide disaster – the monetary crash of 2008 – Chloé Zhao – who gained greatest director in addition to greatest drama movie – associated it to the prevailing temper in her acceptance speech for greatest movie. She stated: “Nomadland, at its core, for me is a pilgrimage by means of grief and therapeutic. So for everybody who has gone by means of this troublesome and delightful journey in some unspecified time in the future of their lives, that is for you. We don’t say goodbye, we are saying, ‘See you down the highway.’”
The difficulties attributable to lockdown additionally had been on the Globes’ collective thoughts, with actor Josh O’ Connor, who gained greatest actor in a TV collection (drama) for The Crown, referring to its impact in his acceptance speech, saying: “I’m very fortunate to work on this interval. and there’s so many people who find themselves unable to work and are alone and remoted.” He added: “I hope we will all collectively put psychological well being on the forefronts of our minds.”
Two of the leisure business’s most high-profile political activists additionally made their case. The Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation has made a donation to Sean Penn’s non-profit reduction organisation Core (Group Organized Reduction Effort), initially based in 2010 to assist with the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and now enjoying a distinguished function in Covid testing and vaccination. Penn reminded the Globes viewers (and Hollywood) of ongoing exercise to fight the pandemic, and requested for donations.
In the meantime, Mark Ruffalo, a winner on the night time as greatest actor in a restricted TV collection for I Know This A lot Is True, instructed that seeing the again of Donald Trump might solely be a superb factor: “What connects us is larger than what retains us aside, and the extra we embrace one another, and see one another, and listen to one another, the quicker we’ll heal our damaged hearts and minds.” However Ruffalo additionally referred to a disaster that’s more likely to be with us even when the coronavirus is a reminiscence: “Now we have a dying mom … she’s Mom Earth. We should come to steadiness together with her, and honour her, and he or she’ll heal, too.” A sombre begin to the awards season.