The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards recap

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had another year celebrating the best films of 2020.

Kate Bomar, Staff Writer

On Feb. 28, NBC hosted the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards given to movies, plays and TV shows by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The audience was filled with first responders and essential workers while celebrities tuned in online via Zoom to accept their awards.


Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attempted to bring comedic relief, but instead uncomfortably poked fun at human trafficking. The audience responded with laughter and the hosts continued with more banter. 

“We watch TV and movies differently,” Fey said. “Like in movies, it’s called human trafficking,” Fey said. “But on TV, it’s called ’90 Day Fiancé.”


Netflix took home over half of the television awards for shows “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit.” Anya Taylor-Joy, who previously starred in “Split,” took home the award for the Best Actress for a Television Motion Picture for her role as Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit.” 

Walt Disney and Pixar’s movie “Soul” starring Jamie Foxx won two awards for the Best Animated Picture and the Best Score Motion Picture.

Andra Day won the award for lead actress in a drama film, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” making her the second Black woman to win this award since Whoopi Goldberg in 1986. This movie can be streamed on Hulu

Minari” directed and written by Lee Isaac Chung, received the award for the Best Foreign Language Film. This film portrays the challenges faced by a Korean family starting a farm in Arkansas during the 1980s. 

Nomadland,” based off of the 2017 non-fiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, became the Best Picture Drama of 2020. Director and double nominee Chloé Zhao took home the Best Director of a Motion Picture. Zhao is the first Asian woman to win best director. She will soon be directing the upcoming Marvel movie “Eternals.”  


The best actor in a motion picture drama was awarded to Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020 due to a four-year battle of colon cancer. Boseman played Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” alongside Viola Davis. This movie can be streamed on Netflix

Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award and gave a moving speech thanking those who inspired Boseman’s life. 

“He would thank God, he would thank his parents, and he would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward said in the place of her late husband.

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