In the “Lime” light: Cynthia Erivo attends the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton and broadcast on February 28, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.
As befits a socially distanced awards season, there were two official red carpets for the 2021 Golden Globes, one in Beverly Hills and one in New York—not to mention the miles of colorful carpeting in the homes of the nominees, celebrity presenters and millions watching on television.
Amy Poehler cohosted again this year from the Beverly Hilton, the Globes’ traditional venue. Across the country, her partner in prime time, Tiny Fey, did the honors from The Rainbow Room at—where else?—30 Rock.
East Coast Host: Tina Fey at the Golden Globe Awards at The Rainbow Room in New York City.
Despite the scaled-back celebrations—rather than a roomful of drunken A-list celebrities, the Globes invited frontline and essential workers to be in the small audience—the red carpets were surprisingly festive and the stars displayed plenty of virtual glamour.
Sharing the stage with Poehler and Fey were the 2021 Golden Globes Ambassadors: Satchel and Jackson Lee (children of Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee). Celebrity children are always given the honor—and many become famous in their own right, including Dakota Johnson and her mother, Melanie Griffith, who both previously handed out the awards.
Other celebrities making statements at the live awards ceremony include Cynthia Erivo, who soaked up the limelight in a lime green Valentino couture gown. Presenter Gal Gadot looked wondrous in white, Tiffany Haddish also dazzled in Alberta Feretti, and Margot Robbie made an entrance in Chanel.
Despite all the designer labels, Twitter went wild for pjs, courtesy of Jodie Foster. She and her partner wore silk pajamas while snuggling with their dog as she accepted her Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture.
The 2021 Golden Globes nominees tuned in virtually, delivering video acceptance speeches from their hotel and living rooms. Win or lose, many seized the excuse to dress up in some couture, starting with Amanda Seyfried in Oscar de la Renta.
Presenter and nominee Amanda Seyfried, set for Spring in Oscar de la Renta.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday star Andra Day, nominated for both Best Actress and Best Original Song, was another Golden Globes high note in a Chanel Haute Couture gown.
“The United States Vs. Billie Holiday” star Andra Day shines in Chanel.
Josh O’Connor takes home his crown for Best Actor in the television category. Looking as regal as his alter ego, Prince Charles on Netflix series The Crown, O’Connor wore a dashing Loewe tuxedo with white lapels as he watched the awards from London.
Josh O’Connor takes “The Crown” for best original blazer.
Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, who won for Best Supporting Actor for the television category, also got into the golden spirit of the Golden Globes.
Dan Levy goes bright and slightly sequined in Valentino for the Golden Globes.
Elle Fanning celebrated her first Globes nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role as Catherine the Great in the Hulu series.
Elle Fanning takes to the ‘Gram to unveil her Globes look.
Kaley Cuoco was nominated for Best Actress in a television series, comedy or musical, for her role in The Flight Attendant and took off in an Oscar de la Renta gown.
Poolside Perfection: Kaley Cuoco in an Oscar de la Renta strapless gown, finished with Harry Winston jewels and Stuart Weitzman shoes.
Double nominee Leslie Odom Jr. sports a Valentino suit with a hint of lime.
Leslie Odom Jr. brings his own hint of lime to the Golden Globes.
And Best Actress in a Motion Picture winner Rosamund Pike brings a bold red by Molly Goddard (and bold Wander Boots by Alexander McQueen) to the ceremony. She was awarded for her role in I Care a Lot.
Rosamund Pike in vivid red tulle by Molly Goddard, and rather rugged combat boots.
Glamour aside, the awards ceremony was not without controversy this year. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the voting body behind the Golden Globes, has been accused of paying members to serve on committees and also sued for allegedly blocking qualified journalists of color who apply for membership.
The HFPA also came under fire for not having a single Black member among its committee of 87 journalists. (Which is perhaps why it was not a coincidence that the first two awards of the night went to Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor Judas and the Black Messiah and John Boyega for the same category in television for his performance in Small Axe—both highly lauded performances.)
Back at 30 Rock: Tracy Morgan mugs for the cameras at the Golden Globe Awards at New York’s Rainbow Room.
Even with the technical glitches and remote celebrations, the stars who attended the Globes in person and virtually acknowledged that while the awards were undoubtedly different this year, they were happy the show still went on.
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