Golden Globes Is Still Golden


Source: HFPA

The Golden Globes takes place virtually this year, two months later than in previous years.

From remote learning to Zoom meetings replacing birthday parties, the pandemic has forced all of us to adapt to different ways of conducting our usual business. Hollywood stars and celebrities have not been spared, and the 78th Golden Globe Awards show demonstrated this by taking its usual live show into the virtual world on February 28.

Recognizing the best in television and film, the Golden Globes did its best to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers of the show blended old and new. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned as hosts from opposite sides of the country, with Poehler in the usual Beverly Hilton and Fey in New York City’s Rainbow Room. With the magic of television, the two hosts appeared to share the same stage.

Even more interesting, however, was this year’s audience. Instead of the usual Hollywood celebrities, this year’s audience was filled with the real heroes of the pandemic: food bank workers, along with other frontline and essential workers who attended the event as special honorees.

Abigail McLaughlin (V) appreciated the attention on this year’s audience of frontline and essential workers. McLaughlin says, “I thought that it was a wonderful idea since they have done so much for the whole world during this crazy time. They definitely deserve to get this opportunity after they have saved so many lives this year.”

Like so many people working from home who wear sweatpants with a business top, celebrities took the opportunity to skip the hours of makeup and prepping, and instead opted for a more casual look. Sandra Oh presented outdoors while wearing a puffer jacket and Jodie Foster accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress from her couch — in pajamas with her dog on her lap.

Other celebrities, however, were eager to dress up after many months in casual wear. Amanda Seyfried posed from her home dressed in full makeup and a dress, while Regina King showed off a gorgeous metallic gown and sparkling jewels.

Audrey Howell (V) remarks, “It was interesting to see them with family members and to see a little glimpse of what their home is like.”

After a year of virtual learning, Boston Latin School students have gotten used to the occasional Zoom glitch. Like any other virtual event, the Golden Globes was not without bumps along the way. When awards were being called out, some actors’ Zooms were lagging behind, which made them aware of who won the award seconds after everyone else. The glitches, however, did not ruin the night.

For Sylvie Hove (V), the most memorable moment did not involve a Zoom glitch. She says, “[It was] when the director of Minari won for Best Foreign Language Film and his daughter was next to him and was hugging him. This moment was really sweet, and we wouldn’t have gotten [to see] it if [the awards show] was in person.”

Beyond celebrity outfits and jokes from the hosts, there was also criticism about the event and its continued lack of diversity. BLS United States History teacher, Ms. Catherine Arnold recognized the need for more progress in this area, saying, “I would argue that for our collective good, it is incredibly important that the entertainment industry, like all other influential, high-impact sectors of society, must actively seek to be broadly and intentionally inclusive in the who, what, why, when and where of its representations.”

Hove agrees and adds on, “I think the Golden Globes need more diversity in their membership and picks. Throughout the show, they had little parts about how they are committing to adding diversity, [but] I felt as if they have had many years to add it.”