Yesterday, the 78th Annual Golden Globes took place in an odd virtual setting, as one would expect in 2021. But it still left plenty of room for some great moments, as we have come to expect from the awards show. Here’s a look at some of the best moments and how they were received on social media.
Chloe Zhao becomes first Asian woman to win Best Director
Chloe Zhao made history at the awards, becoming only the second woman and the first Asian woman to win best director for her drama “Nomadland.” She was among three women nominated for the award, along with Regina King for “One Night in Miami” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman.”
The breastfeeding commercial
While Chloe Zhao’s feat was unquestionably a big win for women on the night, one may argue that the Frida Mom commercial, telling women to “care for your breasts, not just your baby.” was arguably an even greater cultural landmark.
The commercial features bare-breasted women feeding their babies, struggling through hard, long nights. And feminists will appreciate the fact that an advertisement featuring bare breasts was not sexualised in any way and was still approved to be broadcasted during this massive event. The advertised products included breast warmers, a breast mask and a lactation massager. There’s no telling, but this could be a massive leap forward in American (and perhaps global) culture, setting new standards and norms surrounding what constitutes indecent exposure and just generally marketing products made for women.
Jane Fonda’s speech
Staying on the strong woman-focused element of the Golden Globes in 2021, one of the greatest female actors and activists for gender equality of all time, Jane Fonda, won the Cecil B. DeMille honorary award and delivered an inspiring acceptance speech in which she called for more inclusivity.
“In turbulent, crisis-torn times like these, storytelling has always been essential,” Fonda said, according to NBC. “Stories — they really can change people, but there is a story we have been afraid to hear and see about ourselves.”
Fonda credited the arts for leading the way so that women could have a “seat at the table” in “the room where decisions are made”.
“Let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent, so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be heard,” she said.
Chadwick Boseman’s widow’s acceptance speech
Last year, the world tragically lost Chadwick Boseman after his long battle with cancer. The actor who is best known for his role as MCU superhero, Black Panther, was posthumously awarded with the award for Best Actor in a Drama film for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
His widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf and delivered a teary-eyed, emotional speech that had all of us a little emotional.
“He would thank God. He would thank his parents,” she said. “He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices.
“”He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, ‘You can,’ that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.”
It almost goes without saying that the Red Carpet is the focus of most people’s attention every year. But the Golden Globes 2021 didn’t really allow for the usual Red Carpet interviews with fashion reporters interviewing people just about their outfits. The virtual conference doesn’t leave much room for this, but people didn’t shy away from discussing them on social media, with Jared Leto getting a lot of attention for the suit he wore with an oversized flower pinned to his lapel. Jason Sudeikis, meanwhile, looked a lot more casual. Queen’s Gambit star, Anya Taylor Joy was showered with admiration for her dress as well.