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By Dan Snierson
Updated February 28, 2021 at 11:30 PM EST
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Awards season kicked off in earnest on Sunday night with the 78th annual Golden Globes, and all eyes were on the ceremony that is supposed to honor excellence in film and television. For many different reasons.

The Globes were already delayed from January due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving four-time hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to emcee in the ultimate socially distanced manner — from opposite coasts. (Fey anchored from New York, while Poehler held court in Los Angeles.) While presenters appeared in person at both locations, celebrities battled through Zoom awkwardness and technical difficulties, and accepted their trophies remotely.

The controversy surrounding the ceremony was (briefly) addressed. The oft-maligned Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which oversees the event — is under new fire, as a recent Los Angeles Times investigation detailed ethical lapses and revealed that the HFPA doesn't have a single Black journalist among its 87 members. ("Tonight, while we celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognize that we have our own work to do," said Helen Hoehne, an HFPA member from Germany, during the ceremony.)

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the 78th Golden Globes
| Credit: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

But where were we? Ah, right, the awards! With all sorts of Hollywood royalty in the (virtual) house, it was time once again to crown The Crown. Netflix's royal drama, which focused its fourth season on the Princess Diana era, took home four trophies: Best TV Drama and acting trophies for Gillian Anderson, Emma Corwin, and Josh O'Connor. Another Netflix drama, The Queen's Gambit, scored a pair of trophies, for Best Limited Series and an Best Actress in a Limited Series (Anya Taylor-Joy). Meanwhile, PopTV's Schitt's Creek, which swept the Emmys last fall for its farewell season, claimed two awards, for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a TV comedy (Catherine O'Hara).

On the film side, Nomadland — about a woman (Frances McDormand) who journeys around the American West — took home two key awards: Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director trophy for Chloé Zhao, who became only the second woman to win in that category (joining Barbra Streisand for 1983's Yentl).

Soon after Fey took a shot at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's diversity problem in the opening monologue — "Soul is a beautiful Pixar animated movie where a Black man's soul is knocked out of his body and into a cat. The HFPA responded to this because they have five cat members" — Soul won Best Animated Movie (and it later scooped up a second award for its score). And despite the lack of representation in the HFPA, several Black actors emerged victorious, including Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah, John Boyega for Small Axe, and Chadwick Boseman, who triumphed posthumously for Ma Rainey's Black Bottoman award that his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, tearfully accepted on his behalf. And on a night when most of the favorites prevailed, acting newcomer Andra Day scored the big upset of the night, edging out stiff competition in Frances McDormand and Carey Mulligan to claim the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama trophy for The United States vs. Billie Holidaythe first time a Black actress won in the category in 35 years.

Elsewhere, Sacha Baron Cohen had a shiny night, as Borat Subsequent Moviefilm claimed Best Motion Picture Comedy and he won an acting trophy for that movie. Jane Fonda received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, while Norman Lear was honored with the Carol Burnett Award. Mank, which entered the night with six nominations, came up blank, as did four-time nominees The Father, Promising Young Woman, Ozark, and The Undoing. Scroll down for all the winners at the Globes, including Rosamund Pike, who declared that she did indeed care a lot that she won for I Care a Lot, and hoodie-wearing Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Jared Leto, The Little Things
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

WINNER: John Boyega, Small Axe
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing
Dan Levy, Schitt's Creek
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

WINNER: Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Levy, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Lily Collins, Emily in Paris

Best Motion Picture — Animated

Over the Moon
WINNER: Soul
Wolfwalkers
Onward
The Croods: A New Age

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
WINNER: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Bryan Cranston, Your Honor

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
WINNER: Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Jack Fincher, Mank
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

WINNER: Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

"Fight For You," Judas and the Black Messiah
"Speak Now," One Night in Miami
"Hear My Voice," The Trial of the Chicago 7
WINNER: "lo si (Seen)," The Life Ahead
"Tigress & Tweed," The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

WINNER: Soul
Mank
Tenet
The Midnight Sky
News of the World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

WINNER: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Great
WINNER: Schitt's Creek
Ted Lasso

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

WINNER: Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot
Kate Hudson, Music
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsquent Moviefilm

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark
WINNER: Josh O'Connor, The Crown
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Al Pacino, Hunters
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

Another Round
WINNER: Minari
Two of Us
The Life Ahead
La Llorona

Best Television Series — Drama

WINNER: The Crown
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Ratched

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
WINNER: Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Olivia Colman, The Father

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

WINNER: Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched
Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek
Julia Garner, Ozark

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

WINNER: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Undoing
WINNER: The Queen's Gambit
Normal People
Unorthodox
Small Axe

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

WINNER: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Gary Oldman, Mank
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Director — Motion Picture

WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Regina King, One Night in Miami
David Fincher, Mank
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Music
WINNER: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
James Corden, The Prom
WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
WINNER: Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Best Motion Picture — Drama

The Trial of the Chicago 7
WINNER: Nomadland
Mank
Promising Young Woman
The Father

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