Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Da 5 Bloods, First Cow.
February 24, 2021
Well, it’s actually happening. The Golden Globes are this Sunday, February 28. The show, which will air on NBC at 8 p.m., will be remotely hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, with nominees and winners appearing live from locations all over the world.
So what can we expect? Hmm. I wish I could say. What I know for sure is that this year’s ceremony will be one-of-a-kind. I think there will be a lot of awkward, loose moments, a lot of intoxicated people on screen, and very likely a number of technical flubs.
Will it be a good show? I think that yes, it will be. Amy Poehler is one of the funniest live performers in the world and, because of all the possibility for strangeness, I can’t imagine the show not being watchable.
That being said, I don’t really think of this year’s awards show as legitimate.
For starters, as discussed in a recent edition of Screen Time, the nominees are, as usual for the Globes, pretty off-base. The Hollywood Foreign Press loves celebrities and celebrity culture more than they love cinema, and that shows this year about as much as ever.
Also, many of the prestige films that were set to be released in 2020 still have not been released, as studios are waiting for theaters to be running full blast again.
I could go on but, instead, I figure I’ll highlight four of the biggest snubs, with hopes that you’ll keep them in mind as you’re watching the ceremony.
1. Judas and the Black Messiah not getting nominated for Best Picture - Drama.
From what I’ve seen so far, I’d call Judas the best film of 2020. In addition to the flick not getting a Best Picture nomination, Daniel Kaluuya got a Best Supporting Actor nomination instead of a Best Actor nomination; Lakeith Stanfield didn’t get nominated at all, and Dominique Fishback, who I think should win Best Supporting Actress, didn’t get a nomination.
This is a film that has detractors for the worst reasons imaginable. I’ll leave it at that.
2. Spike Lee didn’t get a Best Director nomination for Da 5 Bloods and, equally surprising, Delroy Lindo (who gave one of the year’s most discussed performances) was snubbed.
Lindo is probably a lock for an Oscar nomination and Lee, whose two films in 2021 were two of the very best, is long overdue for a Best Director statue.
3. Minari, maybe the year’s best-reviewed film, received just one nomination, for Best Foreign Language Film.
This is a movie that not only topped a lot of critics’ lists for the year, but will very likely get five or six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and possibly Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography.
4. And, finally, the biggest snub of them all: Kelly Reichardt’s incredible First Cow.
This was the film that, for the first nine months of 2020, was considered to be the consensus Best Picture frontrunner by film journalists. It’s a truly special film by a generational filmmaker and the Golden Globes completely ignored it.
Not just the highest rated film released in 2020, First Cow also won the most awards of any film at film festivals and other awards show. Don’t be surprised if this one gets a handful of Oscar nominations and is maybe even in the Best Picture and Best Screenplay conversation.
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