Here’s a recap of the 78th annual Golden Globes

Tiara Starks, Entertainment Editor

Despite technical difficulties and COVID-19 restrictions, there were some memorable moments at the 78th annual Golden Globes Awards show, hosted by Saturday Night Live (SNL) alums, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

NBC’s “This is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson and the host of the revival of NBC’s “The Weakest Link,” Jane Lynch co-hosted the pre-show, which was a chance for the audience to see interviews with nominees and presenters, such as Leslie Odom Jr, Laverne Cox, Christopher Meloni, Jared Leto and Regina King. During the pre-show, archived footage of Fey and Poehler hosting previous Globes’ awards was shown. This was their fourth time hosting together, but Poehler was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles while Fey was streamed in from the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City.

In place of the traditionally celebrity-filled seats at the ceremony, first responders and essential workers were present as audience members in both locations.

Actor Daniel Kaluuya won the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Unfortunately, Kaluuya’s audio was faulty because of technical difficulties; however, they were sorted out and he was able to thank his family, friends and team for his win. In his speech, Kuluuya also spoke favorably of Fred Hampton, the assassinated chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, whom he portrayed in the film.

Other award recipients included actor John Boyega, who won the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture for TV award for “Small Axe”; Catherine O’Hara won the Best Actress in a Motion Picture –Musical or Comedy award Pixar’s “Soul” took home the Best Animated Motion Picture; Original Song in a Motion Picture award went to Diane Warren “Io sì (Seen)” for “The Life Ahead”; the director of “Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao, made Globes history as the second woman and the first Asian woman to win Best Director award. Late actor Chadwick Boseman was given a posthumous award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

TV veteran Norman Lear was honored and given the Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television for creating and producing legendary programs such as “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “All in the Family,” “One Day at A Time” and it’s 2017 remake.

Actress Jane Fonda was also given the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

During the ceremony, the Globes’ nominating organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was called out because of the controversy surrounding the reason why there are no Black members in the organization.

“This is Us” actor and Globes presenter Sterling K. Brown posted a graphic with a lengthy caption on Instagram. In the caption, Brown directly addressed the HFPA saying, “With the power you have HFPA, you simultaneously hold a responsibility to ensure your constituency is fully reflective of the world in which we live. When you know better, you must do better. And having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity. This is your moment to do the right thing. It is my hope that you will.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Ali Sar, vice president Helen Hoehne and former president, Meher Tatna addressed the issue.

Hoehne said, “On behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognize we have our own work to do …Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization.” said Hoehne

For a full list of the winners, visit the Golden Globes’ official website.