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GOLDEN GLOBES 2021

The Crown is the only European production to shine at the Golden Globes

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- The Best Foreign-language Film category ended up seeing the win of US production Minari

The Crown is the only European production to shine at the Golden Globes
Emma Corrin accepts the Best Actress TV Series – Drama Award for her role in The Crown

It was not an evening to celebrate European productions. Announced last night during a pandemic-proof, hybrid ceremony, the 78th Golden Globes overlooked most of the contingent sent by Europe (which was led by Florian Zeller’s The Father [+see also:
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in the film categories - see the news) and went on to pick mostly US-produced titles as its winners (such as Best Motion Picture - Drama winner Nomadland, which also saw its director Chloé Zhao being crowned as Best Director, only the second time in history this award was bestowed upon a woman). It might not have been a surprise, given that the most atypical awards season in recent history is proving to be somewhat middling, although some predictions included a bigger European presence among the list of winners.

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Even after leading the nominations in the Best Picture - Foreign Language category (with Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round [+see also:
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, Filippo Meneghetti’s Two of Us [+see also:
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, Edoardo Ponti’s The Life Ahead [+see also:
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and Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemalan-French co-production La Llorona [+see also:
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), Europe was dismayed to see Lee Isaac-Chung's Minari, an all-US production mostly spoken in Korean, take home the statuette. Curiously, one of those films did end up making off with an award, when Laura Pausini’s song “Io sì (Seen)” (written by herself alongside Diane Warren and Niccolò Agliardi for the Sophia Loren-starring film by Edoardo Ponti) was crowned by the voters.

However, some European acting talent did manage to get their slice of the cake, such as Rosamund Pike, who won Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her work in J Blakeson’s British comedy-thriller I Care a Lot [+see also:
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, and Daniel Kaluuya, who won Best Supporting Actor, but for a 100% US production, Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah. The UK-US co-production The Mauritanian [+see also:
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, directed by Kevin Macdonald, did get some love though, through Jodie Foster’s Best Supporting Actress win.

In this situation, the biggest triumph for European production were the multiple wins for Peter Morgan’s The Crown, led by the Best TV Series – Drama Award, a prize that it had already received back in 2017, for its first season. The series’ acting troupe was the most celebrated of the evening, with the Best Actor TV Series – Drama Award for Josh O’Connor, the Best Actress TV Series – Drama Award for Emma Corrin, and the Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or TV Film Award for Gillian Anderson. One of the series’ major competitors, Steve McQueen’s BBC anthology of films Small Axe, which classified as a miniseries here, ended up getting the Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or TV Film Award for John Boyega for his role in Red, White and Blue.

Here is the full list of winners:

Film

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nomadland
– Chloé Zhao

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Jason Woliner

Best Director
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Actor – Drama
Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Actress – Drama
Andra Day – The United States vs Billie

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot [+see also:
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 (UK)

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress
Jodie Foster - The Mauritanian [+see also:
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(UK/USA)

Best Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin - The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Original Score
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste - Soul

Best Original Song
“Io sì (Seen)”, The Life Ahead [+see also:
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(Italy/USA)

Best Animated Feature
Soul
- Pete Docter, Kemp Powers

Best Foreign-Language Film
Minari
– Lee Isaac Chung

TV

Best TV Series - Drama
The Crown (UK)

Best TV Series - Comedy
Schitt’s Creek
(Canada)

Best Miniseries or TV Film
The Queen’s Gambit

Best Actor TV Series – Drama
Josh O’Connor - The Crown

Best Actress TV Series – Drama
Emma Corrin - The Crown

Best Actor TV Series – Comedy
Jason Sudeikis - Ted Lasso (USA/UK)

Best Actress TV Series – Comedy
Catherine O’Hara - Schitt’s Creek

Best Actor Miniseries or TV Film
Mark Ruffalo - I Know This Much Is True

Best Actress Miniseries or TV Film
Anya Taylor-Joy - The Queen’s Gambit

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or TV Film
John Boyega - Small Axe (UK)

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or TV Film
Gillian Anderson - The Crown

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