It has at all times been onerous to care about the Golden Globes, and god is aware of that it’s tough to evoke the enthusiasm to care about something one 12 months right into a pandemic. So, in reality, final night time’s particular pandemic version of the Golden Globes – an leisure awards present made in a 12 months when most leisure has both been cancelled or postponed – barely even deserves acknowledgment.
In actual fact, if final night time’s present will probably be remembered for something in any respect – which in all honesty looks as if a stretch – then will probably be the swirl of controversy that engulfed its nominations. In abstract: when its shortlists had been introduced, the finest TV present of the 12 months (I Might Destroy You) was nowhere to be seen. However the worst TV present of the 12 months (Emily in Paris) was. It’s additionally price noting that many lavish treats were gifted to voters by the manufacturing a 12 months in the past. All that, plus it was simply revealed that not a single black person participated in the voting course of.
All of which implies that the 2021 Golden Globes ought to go down in historical past with an asterisk. If nothing else, it’ll save folks from truly having to observe the factor, which was primarily a buggy, halting convention name. Nonetheless, if nothing else, it proved that even the Hollywood International Press Affiliation spent the pandemic the identical approach as everybody else – plonked on their sofas, half-heartedly watching no matter Netflix occurred to advocate.
As a result of that’s the place all the winners got here from this 12 months. With vanishingly few exceptions, all the tv awards went to Netflix reveals. The Crown gained a ton, with The Queen’s Gambit and Schitt’s Creek – a Netflix present by proxy, on condition that no person outdoors of Canada noticed it earlier than it was added to its library – mopping up the most of the relaxation.
And, look, that’s high quality. Everybody likes The Crown. It’s massive and grand and stately and costly, and exists in that bizarre space the place it makes you are feeling smarter for watching it, even when it doesn’t. The latest collection was most likely the finest but, because it was set in a time period the place the royal household truly did one thing, and the forged managed to raise the materials greater than it deserved. Emma Corrin’s efficiency as Princess Diana was so extraordinary that her win was all however assured the immediate she appeared onscreen, leotarding round some shrubbery. The identical goes for Josh O’Connor’s Charles, who lastly grew to become the monster we had all been ready for. Gillian Anderson’s herky-jerky Thatcher impersonation was barely extra divisive, however maybe the most high-profile efficiency of the collection, so her win was additionally to be anticipated.
The Queen’s Gambit was at all times going to win loads, too. It was one other middlebrow, prestigious interval piece that prodded gently at the mental centre of the mind with out truly difficult it, and it is sensible that the individuals who liked The Crown would additionally go bananas for it. What shouldn’t be unsure, although, is Anya Taylor-Pleasure’s spectacular lead efficiency, which held the whole factor collectively. Like Corrin, Taylor-Pleasure’s ascent to superstardom is all however ensured. Nevertheless, like Corrin, you wonder if she’ll be capable of discover a function this meaty once more.
So after all these reveals gained. However, mixed with the lack of acknowledgment for I Might Destroy You, there’s an overriding sense that the Golden Globes didn’t look very onerous for its winners. It’s virtually as if the voters opened Netflix, took a take a look at no matter was on the touchdown web page and thought “that’ll do”.
Nevertheless, there was one redeeming second final night time; a second that managed to hit the nail of the international temper with easy precision. I’m speaking, after all, about Jason Sudeikis. Whereas the different nominees pranced and primped and dressed up of their finest garments for the event, Sudeikis handled the affair for what it truly was; a protracted, dreary Zoom name. When he gained Finest Actor for his Apple present Ted Lasso – wearing a hoodie, with unwashed hair – he was rambling and obscure, asking no person specifically when he was allowed to talk.
If Anya Taylor-Pleasure is an alien beamed down from the world of Planet Actor, then Jason Sudeikis is all of us, sighing and heaving, as we fail to summon even the smallest scrap of enthusiasm at the finish of what has been the worst of years. He was the winner all of us deserve. If the Oscars are studying this, this is the power we’d like from you this 12 months. Necessary hoodies for everybody, please.