The very best, worst, and most shocking moments of Golden Globes 2021

The 2021 Golden Globes have been controversial earlier than the ceremony even started.

Hosted by Tina Fey, 50, and Amy Poehler, 49 — returning for the primary time since 2015, however within the present’s first-ever bicoastal present — the Globes selected an particularly bizarre crop of nominations this 12 months. Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” obtained a nod whereas essential darling HBO drama “I Could Destroy You” was snubbed. In the meantime, the dad or mum group, the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, has been slammed for its lack of range and compelled to deal with the controversy on air.

In spite of everything that, how did the ceremony itself end up? Right here’s the breakdown of what labored — and what didn’t — throughout the 78th annual Golden Globes. 

Greatest: The opening monologue

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler open the Golden Globes
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler open the Golden Globes
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler confirmed that they nonetheless sparkle onstage collectively, even once they’re separated — as Fey delivered her portion of the monologue from New York Metropolis’s Rainbow Room whereas Poehler delivered hers from LA’s Beverly Hilton (the occasion’s traditional venue).

The duo included an amusing bit attempting to “contact” one another by the display. Their speech had a mixture of typical zingers (“‘French Exit’ is what I did after watching the primary episode of ‘Emily in Paris,’” stated Fey) together with a call-out to the HFPA for its lack of black members (“You’ve obtained to alter that,” they implored). It was a gap crammed with each substance and shine — and confirmed that neither of their stars has light (whilst Fey joked, “I at all times knew my profession would finish with me strolling across the Rainbow Room pretending to speak to Amy; I simply thought it might be later.”)

Worst: Kenan Thompson and Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudoph and Kenan Thompson during the Golden Globes
Maya Rudoph and Kenan Thompson throughout the Golden Globes
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Kenan Thompson, 42, and Maya Rudolph, 48, did a bit collectively posing as a duo of singers accepting the award for “least authentic music.” Decked out in bedazzled outfits and goofy wigs, first they claimed to jot down the theme music for “The Crown” (“solely in Netflix Germany,” Rudolph defined) after which they professed their love for one another. Whereas it was good to see the previous and current of “SNL” united collectively onstage, they’re higher than this. It was a waste of two abilities.

Greatest: Emma Corrin’s upset

Emma Corrin at the Golden Globes
Emma Corin wins a Golden Globe
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Newcomer Emma Corrin, 25, gained “Greatest Actress in a Drama” for her scene-stealing efficiency as Princess Diana in “The Crown,” beating out extra seasoned actresses within the class resembling Laura Linney (nominated for “Ozark”) and Olivia Colman (who was additionally nominated for “The Crown”). It wasn’t fairly an upset — since Corrin’s portrayal was extensively lauded — nevertheless it was nonetheless a pleasant shock, as she was removed from a shoo-in for the class.

Worst: All of the tech glitches

Daniel Kaluuya winning a Golden Globe
Daniel Kaluuya on the Golden Globes
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Whereas it’s comprehensible {that a} ceremony carried out largely utilizing video-chat could have some glitches, the Emmys have been capable of ship a easy broadcast. So what provides, Globes? Daniel Kaluuya virtually couldn’t ship his acceptance speech for taking part in Fred Hampton within the historic drama “Judas and the Black Messiah” — and it was vital, as he’s solely the fifth Black actor to win a “Greatest Supporting Actor” trophy.

Notably in a 12 months when the HFPA has been below hearth for his or her lack of black members, it wasn’t a superb search for presenter Laura Dern to have to inform the viewers with a grimace, “We sadly have a nasty connection.” Fortunately, he was capable of ship it. “You probably did me soiled!” he may very well be heard saying earlier than he realized that his connection was fastened. They did, Daniel.

Greatest: Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda at the Golden Globes
Jane Fonda on the Golden Globes
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Whereas the mid-ceremony montages and career-achievement award displays can typically really feel like filler, this 12 months’s Jane Fonda tribute and profession montage hit the proper notice — as did her speech when she was offered with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. “Artwork has at all times been not simply in line with historical past, however has led the best way — so let’s be leaders,” she stated. With a newly silver coif (becoming a member of the likes of Ben Stiller), she additionally confirmed up in particular person; a welcome sight throughout a 12 months when most stars (understandably) appeared by way of video chat.

Worst: Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis at the Golden Globes
Jason Sudeikis on the Golden Globes
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Former “SNL” star Jason Sudeikis, star and creator of AppleTV+ breakout comedy “Ted Lasso,” clearly didn’t anticipate to win a Golden Globe for “Greatest Actor in a Musical or Comedy.” Trying like he simply rolled away from bed, he delivered a rambling acceptance speech. Whereas he deserved the win for the pleasant “Ted Lasso,” the speech was underwhelming. Nonetheless, he did brighten up a reasonably uninteresting ceremony by inflicting social media to invest whether or not he may be excessive.

Greatest: Mark Ruffalo’s children make a cameo

Mark Ruffalo and his family at the Golden Globes
Mark Ruffalo wins a Golden Globe
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Mark Ruffalo, 53, scored a win for Greatest Actor in a Miniseries or TV film for his position starring as twins in HBO miniseries “I Know This A lot is True.” Two of his three children invaded his speech, leaping round behind their dad and clapping him on the shoulder as he accepted his award (his first Globe win and fourth nomination). His speech was heartfelt, nevertheless it added an additional cute and human dimension to see somebody thank their household whereas they actually leaped round within the body.