Black actors were recognized with show’s first two awards.
As soon as nominations were announced on Feb. 3, the foreign press association was harshly criticized for overlooking films with mostly Black casts, including Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.” But the ceremony began with back-to-back honors for Black actors. The night’s first winner was Daniel Kaluuya, for best supporting actor for his performance as the Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” John Boyega then won best supporting actor in a TV series for playing a police officer in Amazon’s “Small Axe.”
Pixar’s “Soul,” which featured a Black protagonist — an aspiring jazz musician in search of his inspiration — won the Globe for best animated film.
“One Night in Miami,” a fact-based drama about a meeting of four Black luminaries, received three nominations, including for Regina King’s directing and Leslie Odom Jr.’s portrayal of Sam Cooke. The film’s best hope, however, may be in the song category, where its contemplative “Speak Now,” sung and co-written by Odom, drew a nod.
Chadwick Boseman is the runaway favorite to win a posthumous Globe for his lead performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” But voters could veer toward Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), an eight-time nominee and never a winner, although he did receive a lifetime achievement Globe in 2006.
Carey Mulligan has the best actress edge for her raw-nerved revenge-seeker in “Promising Young Woman.” But honoring her would deny Viola Davis glory for her tour-de-force “Ma Rainey” performance. The H.F.P.A. could also go with McDormand, although she won the best actress Globe in 2018, and the press association usually likes to spread its love around.
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