Analyzing the 2021 Golden Globes: The Crown sails as expected but we still had some surprises

The 2021 Golden Globes are in the books and it was a mixed bag show. The pandemic definitely hurt the program but we still got to celebrate TV and film, and that’s what matters.

Let’s break it down.

Biggest surprise of the night, Andra Day winning Best Actress for The United States vs. Billie Holiday: Andra Day is the only highlight of a flawed film. She was worthy, don’t get it twisted. But the movie has some serious problems. If you took odds, Day was the least favored in the field. But we didn’t take odds. It will be interesting to see what the Oscars do. Game on.

Another unexpected outcome, Mank coming up short: This is a critics movie. I didn’t like it, but it screamed out as a light of the resilient nature of film during the pandemic. The HFPA didn’t think so.

Just plain wrong, Promising Young Woman shutout: Promising Young Woman is a good film, but it found no success tonight. That’s unfortunate. Perhaps the decisions made with the story made it a tough choice.

Nomadland does get its due: It’s a beautiful experience. I’ve said a dozen times, it could work as a silent film. Happy for the movie, happy for Chloe Zhao to get the Best Directing nod too.

The Crown rocks TV categories as we expected: Best Drama. Best Actress for Emma Corrin. Best Supporting Actress for Gillian Anderson. Best Actor for Josh O’Connell. All of it were deserved for what was the best season of the acclaimed Netflix drama.

We miss you Chadwick Boseman: In what was both the right decision and the fan favorite decision, the late Boseman won for Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife’s speech left no dry eyes and it was as painful as expected. He is badly missed.

On to the Academy Awards.

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