2021 Golden Globes Recap: The Biggest Wins & Snubs

The 2021 Golden Globe Awards was presented virtually this past weekend, celebrating excellence in film and television during an unconventional year for the arts. The awards also come on the heels of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) coming under fire for having no Black members and their lack of representation for Black art.

However, the ceremony included moments of well-deserved wins and some question marks. Here are the biggest wins and snubs of the night.

Big Wins: Best Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

The great Chadwick Boseman won Best Actor to no surprise for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” It is the second posthumous win in the category’s history. The award was more than deserved. His wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, gave a tearful and moving speech on his behalf. Boseman passed away in August 2020 of cancer.


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Andra Day won big for her film debut in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” the biopic dealing the famed singer’s life and struggles with law enforcement. It is the first of what’s projected to be many accolades for Day’s portrayal of Billie Holiday. This win makes Day the second Black woman to ever win in this category, after Whoopi Goldberg’s win for “The Color Purple” in 1986.

Snub: Best Actor and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen snagged two Golden Globes for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” which came as a big surprise as all roads led to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his musical “Hamilton.”

Big Win: Television Series – Drama

Netflix’s “The Crown” took home the award for best drama series, which was no shocker to anyone. The show, detailing the British Royal Family’s lineage has been one of the year’s most talked-about dramas.

Snub: Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Josh O’Connor won for his portrayal of Prince Charles in “The Crown,” but if I could see anyone else winning this category it would have been Jason Bateman in Netflix’s “Ozark.” Bateman’s performance in the series was a bit more captivating.


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Big Win: Motion Picture – Animated

Disney Pixar’s “Soul” was the obvious winner in this category. It was another highly-discussed film with important lessons for kids and adults alike to take away.

Big Win: Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Daniel Kaluuya won for his performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The win was not a big shock, but definitely well deserved.


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Aside from what is mentioned above, the rest of the ceremony’s wins were expected and didn’t make us jump from our seats. Here’s hoping 2022 will be a better year for representation in the HFPA.

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