All the Nerdy Things You Like Didn't Win the Golden Globes Last Night

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Well, that wasn’t particularly surprising, but it was slightly disappointing. Genre entertainment lost out big time at the virtual 2021 Golden Globe Awards. Critical darlings like The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, and Nomadland won big over the few nerdy nominations such as The Mandalorian, Lovecraft Country, and Palm Springs, but there are still a few things worth noting.

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Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman posthumously won Best Actor in a dramatic movie for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson won Best Supporting Actress in a limited series for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. Pixar’s Soul became the studio’s umpteenth Best Animated Feature win, this time over the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ film Wolfwalkers. Perhaps most notably, Chloé Zhao won Best Movie and Best Director for Nomadland, which is just another encouraging sign for her work helming Marvel’s upcoming Eternals movie.

Here’s the full list of winners (and losers).


Television

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Emily in Paris
  • The Flight Attendant
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • The Great
  • Ted Lasso

Best Television Series Drama

  • The Crown
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ozark
  • Ratched

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Normal People
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • Small Axe
  • The Undoing
  • Unorthodox

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Jason Sudekis, Ted Lasso
  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
  • Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
  • Elle Fanning, The Great
  • Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Josh O’Connor, The Crown
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Al Pacino, Hunters
  • Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Emma Corrin, The Crown
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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  • Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
  • Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
  • Hugh Grant, The Undoing
  • Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much is True
  • Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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  • Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
  • Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
  • Shira Haas, Unorthodox
  • Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Cynthia Nixon, Ratched
  • Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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  • John Boyega, Small Axe
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
  • Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Jim Parsons, Hollywood
  • Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

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Film

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Hamilton
  • Music
  • Palm Springs
  • The Prom

Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • The Father
  • Mank
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

  • Another Round, Denmark
  • La Llorona, Guatamala/France
  • The Life Ahead, Italy
  • Minari, USA
  • Two of Us, France/USA

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
  • Jack Fincher, Mank
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father
  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
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Best Original Song, Motion Picture

  • “Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
  • “Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • “IO SI (Seen),” The Life Ahead
  • “Speak Now,” One Night in Miami
  • “Tigers & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Jared Leto, The Little Things
  • Bill Murray, On the Rocks
  • Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  • Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • James Corden, The Prom
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
  • Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Motion Picture, Animated

  • The Croods: A New Age
  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Riz Ahmed, The Sound of Metal
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Gary Oldman, Mank
  • Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Kate Hudson, Music
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
  • Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • James Corden, The Prom
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
  • Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Director, Motion Picture

  • David Fincher, Mank
  • Regina King, One Night in Miami
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Original Score

  • The Midnight Sky
  • Tenet
  • News of the World
  • Mank
  • Soul
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Rob Bricken was the Editor of io9 from 2016-18, the creator of the poorly named but fan-favorite news site Topless Robot, and now writes nerd stuff for many places, because it's all he's good at.

DISCUSSION

When I was a semi-professional film critic, I used to be invested big time in Award Season. There are years between 2008 and 2015 where I saw all the movies nominated for Best Picture and the vast majority of those nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay or Best Actor/Actress. I bought a bunch of these films on DVD/Blu-Ray because, hey, they were the best of the best.

And then I realized that out of all of those supposedly great films, I barely remembered 80% of them after a year. I sold most of those DVD without having ever watched them. Because I realized a fundamental truth I was blind to for a long time:

A movie winning an award just means that the people giving the awards liked it. It doesn’t really indicate quality. Sometimes a really good movie wins awards, but sometimes a movie wins awards just because it flatters the artistic ego of the deciding body - Joker last year is the perfect example of that. That film was as much of an style-over substance spectacle as the mainstream superhero blockbusters its fans and creators despise, but it was the right kind of style for a lot of film festival jurys, so it won.

So really, when discussing the GG or the Oscars, keep in mind this: while they are important to the people in the industry (because they open doors), to us, the audience, they are meaningless. Fun to talk about, sure, but they are not consistant indicators of quality