he Golden Globes have at all times specialised in a specific sort of chaos. This 12 months, to really drive it house, they’ve nominated cultural menace James Corden for his offensive efficiency in The Promenade whereas completely ignoring Michaela Coel’s bruising and evocative I Might Destroy You. They’ve heralded Emily in Paris, a withering Twitter meme disguised as a tv present, whereas snubbing Dave, What We Do in the Shadows and PEN15.
There are minor stabs of progress among the many rampant absurdity. The Greatest Director line-up featured a feminine majority for the primary time in the awards’ historical past. However their hand was pressured in that regard; due to the pandemic, there’s a far smaller pool of movies for awards voters to select from. And even with that in thoughts, Black-led motion pictures like Judas and the Black Messiah and Da 5 Bloods acquired both scant appearing nods or nothing in any respect.
The Globes will in all probability pat themselves on the again for nominating filmmakers Regina King (One Evening in Miami…), Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Younger Lady) in the Greatest Director class, however it’s far too quickly to inform if this can be a everlasting act of progress. If issues stay the identical subsequent 12 months, when studios haven’t held again their awards hopefuls by extra established and whiter males, then possibly we can have a good time.
It’s very true when a lot of the nomination line-up is in any other case egregious. Corden’s presence in specific. His efficiency as a Broadway has-been nonetheless traumatised by his experiences as a bullied and deserted homosexual teen in The Promenade wildly missed the mark. His casting, too, reworked the movie’s well-intentioned if vapid politics (Queer pleasure! Be who you’re! Love is love!) into confused soup.
Then there’s the weird presence of Music, a controversial self-importance mission written and directed by the musician Sia. A sickly colored musical fiasco about autism starring Kate Hudson as a bald drug vendor, it has been trailed by upset ever since its first trailer was launched final 12 months. Sia has been condemned for casting Maddie Ziegler, who shouldn’t be on the autistic spectrum, as a lady with autism, whereas her responses to the movie’s critics have ranged from unpleasantly defensive to outright impolite. Nonetheless, Music scored nods in the Greatest Actress in a Comedy/Musical class, and Greatest Movement Image – Musical or Comedy. Someplace Tom Hooper, director of final 12 months’s Globes-snubbed catastrophe Cats, is seething.
The Globes have at all times existed in an odd area the place admirable good style and horrid errors collide. It’s partly why they’re a lot enjoyable. However this 12 months’s line-up is proof that for all of the hypothesis that the pandemic has upended the cinematic rule ebook, from how movies are launched to which of them get celebrated, some issues actually don’t change.