History is made several times over at the 78th Golden Globe Awards

Although hosted two months later than usual, the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) honored the cinema of 2020 and 2021. Nominees were announced February 3, and February 28 brought the naming of the winners. 

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Golden Globes looked vastly different than years prior. Poehler and Fey hosted virtually from opposite ends of the country, and acceptance speeches were all made through virtual platforms. The only audience members were a few first responders and essential workers, who were all wearing masks.

Another first at this year’s awards ceremony was a statement made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). A few members took the stage and announced that they acknowledge that improvements need to be made to improve the diversity of their ranks, as it became aware to the association that there are currently no black members. This unprecedented announcement will likely lead to changes in the HFPA in the future.

Speaking of representation, many of this year’s winners made history in their categories. John Boyega and Daniel Kaluuya became the first British-born black actors to win Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture respectively. Also, Anya-Taylor Joy’s performance in The Queen’s Gambit made her the first actress of Latin descent to win Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film

As for behind-the-camera work, Chloé Zhao, the director of Nomadland, received a nomination for Best Screenplay and Best Director, and she walked away with a win in the latter category. This victory made her the first woman of color and the second woman to win Best Director. Moreover, Nomadland won Best Motion Picture—Drama, making Zhao the first Asian woman and the first woman ever to produce a winning film for that category. 

This past year was a difficult one for the world of cinema, and the loss of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was perhaps one of the hardest moments. Boseman’s posthumous win in the category of Best Performance in a Motion PictureDrama provided a commemoration of his impact. This decision made Boseman the first posthumous winner of a Golden Globe, with his award being accepted by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward.


Here’s a complete list of the Golden Globe nominees and winners:


Best Motion PictureDrama

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

Best Motion PictureMusical or Comedy

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Hamilton
  • Music
  • Palm Springs
  • The Prom

Best performance in a Motion Picture (Drama)

  • Actor
    • Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as Levee Green
    • Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal as Ruben Stone
    • Anthony Hopkins – The Father as Anthony
    • Gary Oldman – Mank as Herman J. Mankiewicz
    • Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian as Mohamedou Ould Slahi
  • Actress
    • Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday as Billie Holiday
    • Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as Ma Rainey
    • Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman as Martha Weiss
    • Frances McDormand – Nomadland as Fern
    • Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman as Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Actor
    • Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm as Borat Sagdiyev
    • James Corden – The Prom as Barry Glickman
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton
    • Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield as David Copperfield
    • Andy Samberg – Palm Springs as Nyles
  • Actress
    • Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot as Marla Grayson
    • Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm as Tutar Sagdiyev
    • Kate Hudson – Music as Kazu “Zu” Gamble
    • Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit as Frances Price
    • Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma as Emma Woodhouse

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture

  • Supporting Actor
    • Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah as Fred Hampton
    • Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7 as Abbie Hoffman
    • Jared Leto – The Little Things as Albert Sparma
    • Bill Murray – On the Rocks as Felix Keane
    • Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami as Sam Cooke
  • Supporting Actress
    • Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian as Nancy Hollander
    • Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy as Bonnie “Mamaw” Vance
    • Olivia Colman – The Father as Anne
    • Amanda Seyfried – Mank as Marion Davies
    • Helena Zengel – News of the World as Johanna Leonberger

Best Director

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

Best Screenplay

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

Best Original Score

  • Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross – Soul
  • Alexandre Desplat – The Midnight Sky
  • Ludwig Göransson – Tenet
  • James Newton Howard – News of the World
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Mank

Best Original Song

  • “Io sì (Seen)” (Niccolò Agliardi, Laura Pausini, and Diane Warren) – The Life Ahead
  • “Fight for You” (D’Mile, H.E.R., and Tiara Thomas) – Judas and the Black Messiah
  • “Hear My Voice” (Celeste and Daniel Pemberton) – The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • “Speak Now” (Sam Ashworth and Leslie Odom Jr.) – One Night in Miami
  • “Tigress & Tweed” (Andra Day and Raphael Saadiq) – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Animated Feature Film

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

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Minari (USA)
  • Another Round (Denmark)
  • La Llorona (Guatemala)
  • The Life Ahead (Italy)
  • Two of Us (France)


Best TV series

  • Drama
    • The Crown (Netflix)
    • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
    • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
    • Ozark (Netflix)
    • Ratched (Netflix)
  • Musical or Comedy
    • Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
    • Emily in Paris (Netflix)
    • The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
    • The Great (Hulu)
    • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Best Performance in a TV seriesDrama

  • Actor
    • Josh O’Connor – The Crown (Netflix) as Charles, Prince of Wales
    • Jason Bateman – Ozark (Netflix) as Martin “Marty” Byrde
    • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC) as Saul Goodman
    • Al Pacino – Hunters (Prime Video) as Meyer Offerman
    • Matthew Rhys – Perry Mason (HBO) as Perry Mason
  • Actress
    • Emma Corrin – The Crown (Netflix) as Diana, Princess of Wales
    • Olivia Colman – The Crown (Netflix) as Queen Elizabeth II
    • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America) as Villanelle
    • Laura Linney – Ozark (Netflix) as Wendy Byrde
    • Sarah Paulson – Ratched (Netflix) as Nurse Ratched

Best Performance in a TV seriesMusical or Comedy

  • Actor
    • Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) as Ted Lasso
    • Don Cheadle – Black Monday (Showtime) as Maurice Monroe
    • Nicholas Hoult – The Great (Hulu) as Peter III of Russia
    • Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) as Johnny Rose
    • Ramy Youssef – Ramy (Hulu) as Ramy Hassan
  • Actress
    • Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) as Moira Rose
    • Lily Collins – Emily in Paris (Netflix) as Emily Cooper
    • Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) as Cassie Bowden
    • Elle Fanning – The Great (Hulu) as Catherine the Great
    • Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC) as Zoey Clarke

Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film

  • Actor
    • Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True (HBO) as Dominick and Thomas Birdsey
    • Bryan Cranston – Your Honor (Showtime) as Michael Desiato
    • Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule (Showtime) as James Comey
    • Hugh Grant – The Undoing (HBO) as Jonathan Fraser
    • Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird (Showtime) as John Brown
  • Actress
    • Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) as Beth Harmon
    • Cate Blanchett – Mrs. America (FX) as Phyllis Schlafly
    • Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People (Hulu) as Marianne Sheridan
    • Shira Haas – Unorthodox (Netflix) as Esther “Esty” Shapiro
    • Nicole Kidman – The Undoing (HBO) as Grace Fraser

Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film

  • Supporting Actor
    • John Boyega – Small Axe (Prime Video) as Leroy Logan
    • Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule (Showtime) as President Donald Trump
    • Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) as David Rose
    • Jim Parsons – Hollywood (Netflix) as Henry Willson
    • Donald Sutherland – The Undoing (HBO) as Franklin Reinhardt
  • Supporting Actress
    • Gillian Anderson – The Crown (Netflix) as Margaret Thatcher
    • Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown (Netflix) as Princess Margaret
    • Julia Garner – Ozark (Netflix) as Ruth Langmore
    • Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) as Alexis Rose
    • Cynthia Nixon – Ratched (Netflix) as Gwendolyn Briggs

Best Miniseries or Television Film

  • The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Small Axe (Prime Video)
  • The Undoing (HBO)
  • Unorthodox (Netflix)