Asians around the world are reacting with “happy tears” as Chloe Zhao made history at the Golden Globe Awards, becoming the first Asian woman to ever win the prize for best director.
She is only the second woman to win the award. The first was Barbra Streisand in 1984.
The semi-fictional Nomadland, which also took home the award for best drama, stars Frances McDormand as a woman named Fern who travels around America as a modern-day nomad.
In addition to an obsolete red carpet, socially distanced in-person celebration, and the diversity controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, this year’s Golden Globes also proved that they’re not the most technically savvy amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the first category of the night, Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, Laura Dern announced that British actor Daniel Kaluuya had won the coveted award. After announcing Kaluuya’s victory, however, the actor’s audio was muted as he began his acceptance speech, which led to the camera panning back to Dern and the actress apologizing for the “technical difficulties.”
But eventually, Kaluuya was able to speak and hilariously quipped, “We got this! We got this!” before going into his speech.
Kaluuya took home the award for his portrayal of Chicago Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton in the acclaimed Shaka King–directed film Judas and the Black Messiah. “I hope a whole generation after this can see how [Frank Hampton] fought, how brilliantly he spoke, and how brilliantly he loved,” said Kaluuya, honoring the late activist who inspired the film. “[This movie] taught me about myself, made me grow as a man, and I appreciate that with all my heart.”
The most emotional moment of the evening came after Chadwick Boseman posthumously won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, delivered a powerful speech on the late actor’s behalf, fighting back tears while doing so. It was a fitting tribute to a man who inspired audiences around the world in many ways, perhaps most notably via his role as a Black superhero in Marvel’s Black Panther. “He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward said.
The Netflix royal family drama The Crown has been a Golden Globe staple for all three of its previous seasons, but none has been so awarded as this one. It won for best television drama series along with a sweep of acting prizes for its Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson).