Variety, Netflix dominates Golden Globes as ‘Nomadland’ wins Reuters finest drama movie

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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The drama “Nomadland” and the satire “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” were honored on Sunday at the Golden Globes in a largely virtual bicoastal ceremony, which was marked by passionate calls for more diversity and the dominance of Netflix.

Searchlight Pictures’ “Nomadland,” a moving drama about van residents in recessive America, also won the Best Director award for Chinese-born Chloe Zhao. This made Zhao only the second woman to win the Globes in this category and the first female director of Asian descent to win.

“For everyone who has had this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their life, this is for you,” said Zhao.

“We don’t say goodbye, we say see you down the street,” she said, quoting a line from the film.

The two wins for “Nomadland” raised the profile of the film ahead of the March Oscars nominations.

Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of Amazon (NASDAQ 🙂 Studios’ Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, was named Best Comedy Film Actress, while singer Andra Day was a surprise winner for her lead in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

“Donald Trump denies the result!” Baron Cohen joked about the victory for the sequel “Borat”, which was a satire of the former US president’s America.

Netflix Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 ‘s period drama “Mank” about screenwriter “Citizen Kane” Herman Mankiewicz walked on Sunday’s show with six leading nods, but ended the night empty-handed.

Even so, the streaming service was Sunday’s biggest winner with four wins in movies and six on television, including best TV drama series “The Crown” and the limited edition chess series “The Queen’s Gambit”.

The usual gathering of A-listers at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills, California, has been replaced by webcams in the homes of celebrities in either disguise or, like “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis, in casual clothes.

The small physical audience, hosted by Tina Fey in New York and Amy Poehler in Beverly Hills, consisted of masked front-line workers.

Peter Morgan, creator of The Crown, said he missed being together. “I’m just sorry to be sitting here in my tragic little office and not being surrounded by the people who make this show a pleasure,” Morgan said, appearing on video.

Jodie Foster, one of the top supporting actresses for the Guantanamo prison drama “The Mauretanian,” told reporters behind the scenes that it was one of the best Golden Globe shows of all time.

“It didn’t feel like it was filled with that much art,” said Foster.

Emotional highlights included a posthumous Best Actor Award for Chadwick Boseman, who died last August at the age of 43 of an unknown battle with cancer.

“He would say something nice,” said his widow Simone Ledward Boseman as she repulsed tears. “I don’t have his words.”

British actors Daniel Kaluuya and John Boyega were among other black winners selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

“Soul,” the first Pixar film to feature a black character on top, was named Best Animated Film and won the best score.

The HFPA was the target of jokes and comments throughout the night. “We all know awards are stupid,” said Fey. “Inclusivity is important even in stupid things, and there are no black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

Members of the HFPA appeared briefly on the show on Sunday and vowed to do better.

Jane Fonda, 83, used her lifetime achievement acceptance speech to raise all the voices in Hollywood, saying that stories “can really change people”.

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