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78th Golden Globe Awards
78th Golden Globe Awards poster.jpg
Official poster
DateFebruary 28, 2021
SiteThe Beverly Hilton,
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
The Rainbow Room,
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Hosted byTina Fey
Amy Poehler
Best Film: DramaNomadland
Best Film: Musical or ComedyBorat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Drama SeriesThe Crown
Best Musical or Comedy SeriesSchitt's Creek
Best Miniseries or Television movieThe Queen's Gambit
Most awardsThe Crown (4)
Most nominationsThe Crown
Mank (6)
Television coverage
Ratings6.9 million (Nielsen ratings)[1]

The 78th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in American television of 2020, as well as film in 2020 and early 2021,[2] as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The ceremony took place on February 28, 2021, nearly two months later than normal, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema and on television.[3] Produced by Dick Clark Productions and the HFPA, and aired live on NBC in the United States, this was the first bi-coastal ceremony, with Tina Fey co-hosting from The Rainbow Room in New York City, and Amy Poehler co-hosting from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.[4]

The nominees were announced on February 3, 2021. Jane Fonda and Norman Lear were announced as the recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award and the Carol Burnett Award, respectively.[5][6]

With four wins, The Crown won the most awards at the ceremony, including Best Television Series – Drama. Schitt's Creek and The Queen's Gambit won two awards each, with Schitt's Creek winning Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and The Queen's Gambit winning Best Miniseries or Television Film. In film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Nomadland, and Soul won two awards each, with Nomadland winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm winning Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were announced as the hosts of the ceremony, for the fourth time, in January 2020.[7] By June 2020, the HFPA decided to postpone the ceremony from its normal date in early January to February 28 due to both the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema and on television production.[2][3] On February 2, 2021, it was reported that the ceremony would be held from both the Rainbow Room in New York City and the Golden Globes' usual home at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, allowing those on the East Coast to participate without having to make the cross-country trip.[4]

The nominees were announced on February 3, 2021.[8][9]


  • The eligibility period for motion pictures was extended to February 28, 2021.[2]

Winners and nominees

Chadwick Boseman, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama winner
Andra Day, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama winner
Sacha Baron Cohen, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy winner
Rosamund Pike, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy winner
Daniel Kaluuya, Best Supporting Actor winner
Jodie Foster, Best Supporting Actress winner
Josh O'Connor, Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama winner
Jason Sudeikis, Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy winner
Catherine O'Hara, Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy winner
Mark Ruffalo, Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film winner
Anya Taylor-Joy, Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film winner
John Boyega, Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film winner
Gillian Anderson, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film winner


dagger Indicates a posthumous nomination
Best Motion Picture
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
Actor Actress
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Actor Actress
Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
Supporting Actor Supporting Actress
Best Director Best Screenplay
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Animated Feature Film Best Foreign Language Film

Films with multiple nominations

The following films received multiple nominations:

Nominations Films
6 Mank
5 The Trial of the Chicago 7
4 The Father
Promising Young Woman
3 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
One Night in Miami...
2 Hamilton
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Life Ahead
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Palm Springs
The Prom
The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Films with multiple wins

The following films received multiple wins:

Wins Films
2 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm


Best Television Series
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Miniseries or Television Film
Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama
Actor Actress
Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Actor Actress
Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film
Actor Actress
Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Supporting Actor Supporting Actress

Series with multiple nominations

The following television series received multiple nominations:

Nominations Series
6 The Crown
5 Schitt's Creek
4 Ozark
The Undoing
3 The Great
2 The Comey Rule
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
Normal People
The Queen's Gambit
Small Axe
Ted Lasso

Series with multiple wins

The following series received multiple wins:

Wins Series
4 The Crown
2 Schitt's Creek
The Queen's Gambit

Cecil B. DeMille Award

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary award bestowed to honorees who have made a significant mark in the film industry. It is named after its first recipient, director Cecil B. DeMille.

Carol Burnett Award

The Carol Burnett Award is an honorary award given for outstanding and lasting contributions to television on or off the screen. It is named in honor of its first recipient, actress Carol Burnett.


Golden Globe Ambassadors

The Golden Globe Ambassadors are Jackson Lee and Satchel Lee, the son and daughter of Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee.[10]


The following individuals presented awards at the ceremony:[11]


Critical response

According to the review aggregator website Metacritic, which sampled 15 critic reviews and calculated a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, the ceremony received "generally unfavorable reviews".[12] On Rotten Tomatoes, 10% of 21 critics have given the ceremony a positive review, with an average rating of 3.52/10. The critics consensus on the website reads: "Disappointingly dull and disturbingly lacking in self-awareness, The 78th Golden Globes ceremony wastes its menagerie of celebrities—and some well-deserved wins—on a stilted ceremony overshadowed by HFPA's questionable behind-the-scenes behavior."[13]


The ceremony received criticism regarding certain nominations. James Corden's nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (for his performance in The Prom) and the two nominations for Emily in Paris have faced controversy.[14][15] The HFPA also drew criticism for the placement of Minari in the Best Foreign Language Film category, despite being an American film about a Korean-American family; it ultimately won.[16] The determination that the film would be eligible for this category rather than Best Motion Picture – Drama, based on the Globes' rule that any film with over 50% of its dialogue not in English would be considered a Foreign Language Film, invited controversy.[17][18][19][20] Lulu Wang, whose film The Farewell was subject to the same rule the previous year, wrote that "I have not seen a more American film than #Minari this year. It's a story about an immigrant family, IN America, pursuing the American dream. We really need to change these antiquated rules that characterize American as only English-speaking".[17] Author Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote that the "decision speaks powerfully to the issue of what makes something — a language or a person or a culture — foreign".[21] Many other filmmakers, actors, and authors, including Nia DaCosta, Daniel Dae Kim, Min Jin Lee, Franklin Leonard, Simu Liu, Phil Lord, Celeste Ng, Harry Shum Jr., and Phillipa Soo criticized the decision on similar grounds.[22]

The nominations for the film Music also faced criticism for the casting of Maddie Ziegler as an autistic person, and concerns over what impact the film could have on the perception and handling of autistic people,[23] with co-host Tina Fey joking that "Twitter is saying it's the most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the Weightwatchers spokesperson".[24] Hosts Fey and Amy Poehler also acknowledged the recent revelation that the HFPA has not had a single Black member for over twenty years.[24]


The ceremony received 6.9 million viewers in the United States, with a 1.5 Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49, representing a 68% drop in viewership from the previous year's ceremony. It is the least viewed Golden Globe Awards telecast since the 65th Golden Globe Awards in 2008, which was solely a press conference due to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike.[1]


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