Blackest Moments That Made The 2021 Golden Globes Somewhat Bearable

Spike’s kids, Angela’s skin, Tracy’s flub and more.

It's understandable that social distancing requirements make awards show challenging to put together. However, the 2021 Golden Globes dragged on, painfully at times, and was plagued with awkward tech issues. Fortunately, there were several Black moments that made it bearable.

  1. Daniel Kaluuya getting muted and calling them out.

    “You’re doing me dirty,” Daniel Kaluuya said when his mic went on mute during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor (Drama). While the presenter started to cut away, Kaluuya called it back and demanded to be heard. He went on to give an amazing speech in which he honored Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

  2. Tracy Morgan flubs the pronunciation of “Soul.”

    “And the Golden Globe goes to Sal,” comedian Tracy Morgan said, mispronouncing the one-word name of the winner, animated film Soul. The movie won for Best Original Score for a motion picture.

  3. Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson are “happy to be black.”

    “It’s great to be Black at the Golden Globes,” said Sterling K. Brown joked while presenting an award with host and actor Susan Kelechi Watson. The Golden Globe winner was making a not-so-subtle jab to the fact that there are no Black members of the HFPA, which votes for Golden Globe nominees.

  4. Spike Lee’s kids swag out as Golden Globe ambassadors

    Satchel and Jackon Lee, children of the filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, filmmaker Tonya Lewis Lee, served as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors. Good looks and talent clearly run in this family.

  5. Angela Bassett was perfection personified.

    Is Angela Bassett reprising Brad Pitt’s role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? Zoom be damned, the 62-year-old actress showed up and showed out for the Golden Globe Awards, looking as ageless as ever. We’ll have whatever she’s having.

  6. Black Excellence Shined Through

    Despite the diversity controversy that surrounds the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hasn’t had a Black member in over 20 years, Black actors shined — and won — at this year’s awards. Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Andra Day and the late Chadwick Boseman were all deservingly recognized for their talent in an awards show that is not known for recognizing Black folks.

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