Golden Globes Undergoes a Rocky Night

Golden Globes Undergoes a Rocky Night

Jack Larson, Staff Writer

Cloaked in controversy and technical issues, the 78th Golden Globes took place on Feb. 28 at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, CA, and while the night was rough, it still had emotional moments in Chadwick Boseman’s posthumous win.

The awards, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were mainly uncontroversial choices, however, the HFPA itself was under fire, as zero out of the 90 members of the association were African-American.

Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey tried to water down the tension in the room, yet were unable to completely get rid of the unmoving discomfort, despite calling out the HFPA in their decently funny opening monologue, and making the best out of the situation.

Aside from representation controversies, the show also had technical issues. While there were multiple instances, the worst showcase of this was when Daniel Kaluuya was muted during his acceptance speech for best supporting role in “Judas and the Black Messiah”.

On the brighter side of things, big winners included “Nomadland” for best picture, and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”, which took home best picture for musical or comedy, led by Sacha Baron Cohen, who won Best Actor for the category. As there were many winners that night, none had quite the same meaning as Chadwick Boseman’s award for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.

“He would thank god,” said his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward. “He would thank his parents, his ancestors, and his incredible team.”

While the Globes celebrates both movies and TV, the award show is mainly seen as a predecessor to the Oscars, and people like to use it as a gauge to tell which movies will win big at the Academy Awards.

But switching over to the TV side of the night, Netflix shows won big with “The Crown”, and “The Queen’s Gambit” winning major awards. “Schitt’s Creek” also won big with an award for best comedy series, and Catherine O’Hara won Best Actress in that category for her work on the show.

Touching on the topic of outstanding TV that night, the Golden Globes were far from that. Their ratings had dropped like a rock, as only an average of 6.9 million people were watching the show, compared to last year’s 18.3 million, measuring to almost a third of the ratings from the previous year.

While the 78th Golden Globes excelled in some areas of the night, to say the show was “awkward” or “off putting”, would be an understatement.