Now Sarah Paulson with a horrifying reminder that The Prom is nominated for best musical or comedy. A truly cursed year.
Leaving this here:
Time for a skit now! Kenan Thompson and Maya Rudolph are giving a pretend speech for an award that doesn’t exist, aiming to show just how rambling acceptance speeches can often be. Kenan does an Adrien Brody homage with an inappropriate kiss while Maya goes straight for an Amy grope. Two of SNL’s most reliable performers (one ex and one current) and they’re as good as ever but it’s a little bit hard to create the right kind of energy without a big audience. Not sure if this will be as viral as they hope. Also Kenan was on SNL last night and now he’s in LA?? That’s commitment! Or something!
WINNER: Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7) – best screenplay
Unusual recognition for female screenwriters in this category which is good but ultimately Sorkin wins out for his script for the long-gestating fact-based drama. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing this film a lot more tonight. It’s easy, rousing awardsbait stuff and the HFPA will lap it up. More kids too.
WINNER: Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True) – best actor in a limited series, anthology series or TV movie
A tough category (Daniels! Grant! Cranston!) and while Ruffalo’s bleak HBO series might not have become the talking point many expected during the pandemic, it’s a performance that deserves recognition. Ruffalo’s speech is a plea for all of us to come together, especially with a focus on climate change and coming together after a divisive four years. Fun to see his kids leap into the background too.
I’m expecting more unimpressed tweets like this from a hugely underwhelming HFPA moment just now…
Aaaand here’s our recent interview with winner Catherine O’Hara:
Okay so time for something serious and necessary. “We recognise we have our own work to do” a German HFPA member says before colleagues talk about the lack of black members being an issue. “We have more work to do” is thrown away before it wraps up with speed. It’s clumsy and last minute and we’re gonna need a far more comprehensive plan on how they are going to change within the next week or the outrage will continue.
WINNER: Soul – best animated film
In a heinous year for animated movies, it was always going to be Soul’s win. It’s a speech told via a screen within a screen within a screen which is a headache but Soul deserved it by a mile.
WINNER: Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) – best actress in a TV comedy series
No surprise here – another award for Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek. Also not a surprise was yet more tech issues with some awful sound interruption as she stared to talk. Oh wait it’s deliberate. Her husband is on his phone the whole time trying to get audience noises before trying to pretend play her off with music. A nice idea for a skit but man did it tank as we could barely hear what she was saying. No more of that please.
While accepting his much deserved award for Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya asked people to learn more about the real Fred Hampton. Here’s a fascinating piece we published recently giving a further insight into his life:
A spooky teaser of what’s to come as the nominees for best actress in a TV comedy all awkwardly make small talk with each other via screens. Horror!
WINNER: John Boyega (Small Axe) – best supporting actor on television
A useful reminder from presenter Angela Bassett about the safety precautions that have allowed tonight to happen. Another great win! John Boyega for his role in the Small Axe anthology and a rushed speech as he’s worried about his poor his wifi connection is. But the sound worked!
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) – best supporting actor in a film
Yikes what a disaster of an opener. A great win but errr there’s no sound initially for Kaluuya to talk via Zoom. Presenter Laura Dern talks him off but oh, then it starts working just as they told us it wasn’t going to happen as planned. What a mess. Kaluuya’s connection isn’t great but it’s a deserved win to start the night – a fantastic performance and Kaluuya ends with a tribute toward his character Fred Hampton and his hope that people will learn more about his incredible life as a result. But urgh Zoom.
Here we go
And so begins another strange semi-virtual awards ceremony in both a strange year for us all but also a strange year for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), under scrutiny for allegations of corruption as well as a lack of diversity with both their members and the performers they chose to nominate.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler arrive to masked audiences on different coasts, brought together by technology. There are early jokes about tech issues, met with weird laughter from a small handful of people (that’s gonna take some getting used to). It’s then revealed that the in-person crowd is made up of first responders – a nice touch.
“Those bitches are messy,” Fey says of the normal front tables of celebrities, such as Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt.
Ooh and here are some HFPA jokes (“European weirdos”), referring to the lack of diversity as well as the ridiculous nature of their membership (“most of them might be ghosts”).
Amy Poehler screaming the word Mank is fun followed up by Tina Fey calling The Queen’s Gambit “whatever James Corden was up to in The Prom” – hmmmm. Going to celebs sort of laughing at jokes at home is strange, especially when Fey calls “French Exit” what she did after episode one of Emily in Paris and Lily Collins looks uncomfortable.
They are now criticising the Globes for their lack of inclusivity again. It’s well-intentioned but not really working. The HFPA and NBC is donating $2m to Covid-19 relief which is something. But woof, a rough start.
Here’s a reminder of who is nominated for what and all that (it’s about to begin):
Is it a dress? It is a tuxedo? It’s both, and it’s another vote for the heartening micro-trend of tights on the red carpet by co-host Tina Fey. Nicely played.