Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm stole the Golden Globe Awards show on Sunday night.
Nomadland was adjudged the best drama film. The movie features Frances McDormand as a homeless woman travelling through the American West.
Chloé Zhao was named best director for Nomadland, becoming only the second female winner of the category in Globes history, after Barbra Streisand in 1983.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the sequel to 2006’s hugely successful Borat, was adjudged the best musical or comedy film.
“Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,” said Sacha Baron Cohen as he accepted the prize, a reference to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which has no black members.
Cohen was also named best actor in a comedy or musical for the same film.
Borat and Nomadland were among several films which grabbed two awards each. Of the night’s 14 acting winners, half were British, including Cohen; Rosamund Pike, who was named best actress in a musical or comedy film for I Care A Lot; and Daniel Kaluuya, who won best supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.
Kaluuya plays US activist Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Black Panther Party, who was assassinated in 1969.
John Boyega was named best supporting actor in a limited series for his portrayal of pioneering black British police officer Leroy Logan in an instalment of Small Axe, Steve McQueen’s landmark series of BBC films.
The Crown was the big winner in the television categories, winning four prizes in total, including best drama series.
Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin both won acting honours for their performances as Prince Charles and Princess Diana respectively.
Gillian Anderson was named best supporting actress for her portrayal of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the series.
The Queen’s Gambit won best limited series, while its star Anya Taylor-Joy, who has lived in the UK since she was six, was named best actress in a limited series.
Schitt’s Creek was named best comedy series, and Catherine O’Hara was named best TV comedy actress.
Chadwick Boseman was posthumously named best actor in a drama film for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf, after the Black Panther star’s death last summer from colon cancer at the age of 43.
The United States vs Billie Holiday star Andra Day was named best actress in a drama film for her portrayal of the jazz singer.
VIRTUAL CEREMONY: The ceremony was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
While nominees dialled in from home, the live audience was made up of frontline workers and first responders of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday Night Live’s former star Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who hosted the show, were in New York and Los Angeles respectively, marking the first time the Golden Globes have been bicoastal.
The nominees and winners were voted for by the 87 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of international journalists based in California.
It is recently revealed that the HFPA had no black members. Representatives from the organisation said during the ceremony they planned to address the issue.