This article was published on March 1st, 2021
In a controversial year in which the HFPA was challenged by the establishment that is Hollywood, the LGBTQ+ community pulled off several wins that made history and anointed new performers as ones to look out for in the future.
At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, both Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm nabbed awards for the night, with queer women winning acting awards back to back. Returning as co-hosts were Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, each of whom hosted from the coasts – Los Angeles and New York via Zoom links that featured all the nominees and presenters.
Midway through the evening, Gillian Anderson won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role for her portrayal of Margart Thatcher in The Crown. Next up was Jodie Foster for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Supporting Role for The Mauritanian.
Rosamund Pike won Best Actress in a comedy for portraying a queer character in I Care a Lot, and Andra Day won Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of blues legend Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday. With her historic win, Day became the first Black woman to win the award in 35 years; the last being Whoopi Goldberg for playing a queer woman in 1986’s The Color Purple. Also nominated were Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon for their roles in Netflix’ Ratched.
The final season of Schitt’s Creek won two awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Catherine O’Hara. Notably, star and co-creator of the show, Dan Levy, called out the lack of diversity historically at the HFPA among the nominees. Also making history was director Chloe Zhao, becoming the first Asian woman and first woman since Barbara Streisand won in 1983 for Yentl.
The winners now automatically become frontrunners for the Academy Awards later in the year, and HomoCulture will be there to cover the event and who ruled the red carpet. Who do you think deserved to take home the prize this year? Let us know in the comment section below!