The Best Moments From the 78th Golden Globe Awards

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Daniel Kaaluya, Chadwick Boseman, and Andra Day were announced winners during the 78th Golden Globe Awards.

Last week the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was exposed for having no Black members. It’s clear that the news forced the powers that be to diversify the 78th Golden Globe Awards and its winners.

The winning list of the evening featured an assortment of Black talent, a few stars actually took home their first-ever Golden Globe: Daniel Kaaluya and John Boyega. Beyond the wins, there were also actors and actresses who were a part of the ceremony: Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson and ambassadors Jackson and Satchel Lee.

Elsewhere during the ceremony, the HPFA awkwardly mentioned that they had plans to reform its ranks. “We recognize we have our own work to do,” said vice president Helen Hoehne.

With no Black participants, the voting body somehow managed to hand off awards to talent who maybe would have flown under the radar this year. Let’s not forget when the 2021 nominations were released, quite a few Black projects were snubbed. Though we’re happy to see Black talent get their flowers, we’re also hoping long-term strategy, and diversity actually comes as the years continue.

Below we’re highlighting the best moments from the 78th annual Golden Globes.

Daniel Kaluuya Quotes Nipsey Hussle During the First Win of the Evening

Daniel Kaluuya’s Best Supporting Actor win probably came as no surprise for fans who’ve already seen the moving Shaka King film Judas and the Black Messiah. After receiving the first win of the evening, despite technical difficulties, the actor shares a poignant message and thanks a slew of individuals including Fred Hampton’s family, director Shaka King, and his co-star LaKeith Stanfield. At one point, he quoted Nipsey Hussle to allude to the level of excellence he brings to each of his roles, “We’re here to give til’ we’re empty,” Kaaluya said.

Andra Day Speaks About the Strength of Billie Holiday

While fighting back tears, Andra Day graciously accepted the Golden Globe best actress award for her leading role in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Her win makes her the second Black actress to win in this prestigious category, she follows Whoopi Goldberg. Day shared that she was “in the presence of giants” while thanking her fellow cast members. In a press room after her win, she added a few more thoughts. “The thing I take from Billie more than anything is the strength of a black woman.” The actress also shared, “This woman shouldered all of this all on her own. She is the godmother of civil rights and I take that strength with me.”

John Boyega Admits He’s Surprised He Won During His Acceptance Speech

As Angela Bassett looks on, British actor John Boyega excitedly thanks the HFPA, director Steve McQueen and countless others as he accepts his trophy for his significant role in Amazon’s Small Axe. This is Boyega’s first Golden Globe. During his speech, he shares he didn’t think he was going to win: “I thought it was gonna be one of them nights where … you go to your bed and just chill.”

Chadwick Boseman’s Wife Taylor Simone Ledward Shares Moving Speech

Chadwick Boseman’s posthumous win for his role in the remarkable film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was a highlight of the evening. His wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted his Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama with an emotional speech. “He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward shared in between tears. “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.”

Kemp Powers Accepts Soul‘s Big Win Via a Tablet

Pixar’s beautifully crafted film Soul starring Jamie Foxx snagged a win last night for Best Animated Feature. Kemp Powers, co-director wasn’t present but it’s worth mentioning that he’s the first Black debut filmmaker to win a Golden Globe in the award show’s 78-year history. Powers joined producer Dana Murray and co-writer Pete Docter via a tablet. During his speech, he said: “Being able to tell a universal tale that explored the meaning of life through the prism of a Black man’s experience was a special honor, and though the details are specific, I really do believe our story is universal.”

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