Amazon takes 3 Golden Globes, including big ‘Borat’ win, as annual event goes mostly virtual

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Amazon won three more Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night when the annual film and television celebration gave the appearance of a long-running Zoom meeting from the homes of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Amazon Studios won two awards for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, including Best Visual Musical or Best Comedy – a premiere for a streaming service – and Best Actor in Musical or Comedy for star Sacha Baron Cohen.

John Boyega won a Best Supporting Actor from Globe for his role in “Small Ax”. He thanked Amazon Prime in his video conference acceptance speech.

Amazon has been nominated for a total of 10 awards, most for the tech giant since 2017. Netflix led the way on Sunday night, winning 10 trophies in a year the pandemic affected the way we consume media. Most movies bypassed theatrical releases and binge-watching TV becomes a quarantine lifesaver.

AW for borate? Wa wa – and we cannot stress this enough – wee wa. #GoldenGlobes

– Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) March 1, 2021

JohnBoyega’s portrayal of Leroy Logan, a founding member of the UK’s Black Police Association, earned him the #GoldenGlobes Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for Steve McQueen’s Small Ax anthology.

– Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) March 1, 2021

The show was hosted bicoastal by Tina Fey in New York and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles. Some presenters showed up in person, but all of the winners accepted remotely, and the small, personal audience for what was usually a flamboyant affair consisted of first responders.

Poehler joked that it was hard to tell which nominees were for movies or TV because the theaters were closed and we saw everything on our phones this year. Fey nodded to all of the fantastic TV shows we’ve seen this year – “including zoom channels about closing your schools”.

There was some audio and technical glitches in the distance. “Can you hear me now?” asked actor Daniel Kaluuya when he appeared mute as he won the first prize of the night.

Some nominees were dressed casually at home – including Jodie Foster in pajamas – while others did their best to pull out their red carpet. Children and spouses sitting on couches make parts of the event feel extra family-friendly.

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