Washington [US], March 1 (ANI): The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony that took place from both coasts, Rainbow Room in New York and Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, on February 28, pretty much went uneventfully due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the 78th edition of the awards, just like every other year, there were lot of surprises.
During the three-hour-long event, mostly expected winners (such as ‘Ted Lasso’s’ Jason Sudeikis, Pop TV comedy series ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and Netflix’s (‘The Crown’) actually being the ones to take the trophies, especially on the television side.
However, there were still a few moments that caused raised eyebrows. To that end, Variety reported the break down of the biggest snubs and other surprises of the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards.
SNUB: ‘Mank’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’
Leading the film nominations, David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ had six nods and felt like it had a few possibilities to win. From director Fincher to supporting actress Amanda Seyfried to the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who ended up losing to themselves (and Jon Batiste) for ‘Soul.’ But it ended the night empty-handed.
‘Promising Young Woman’ went into the night with four nominations and a lot of momentum along with it. The timely film was considered by many to be a frontrunner for actor Carey Mulligan and screenwriter Emerald Fennell. Some even predicted Fennell would surprise with a directing win. But in the end, it went home empty-handed, although Fennell’s other project — she played Camilla Parker Bowles in ‘The Crown’ — did quite well.
SURPRISE: Andra Day, Best Actress, ‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’
Day made her film debut in the Lee Daniels-directed flick to great acclaim, but many had predicted Mulligan would take home her first Globe for ‘Promising Young Woman’ or Oscar winners Viola Davis ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ or Frances McDormand (‘Nomadland’) to pick up their second Globe for their performances. The three, along with fellow nominee Vanessa Kirby (‘Pieces of a Woman’) are all SAG nominees while Day is not, and yet it was Day who walked away with the prize.
SURPRISE: Rosamund Pike, Best Actress, ‘I Care a Lot’
Many people expected Maria Bakalova to walk off with the prize for her work in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ even though she’s nominated in supporting at SAG and submitted in supporting for Oscars. The biggest threat to Bakalova was perceived to be the legendary Michelle Pfeiffer for her sharp, funny turn in ‘French Exit.’ Instead, Rosamund Pike surprised with a win. She essayed the role of a smart, wicked turn as an unapologetic con artist who takes conservatorship of the elderly in J Blakeson’s pitch black comedy, which premiered on Netflix last weekend.
SURPRISE: Jodie Foster, Best Supporting Actress, ‘The Mauritanian’
Supporting film categories are often the most difficult to predict; in 2017, the year of ‘Moonlight,’ Mahershala Ali was bested by Aaron Taylor-Johnson for ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ who didn’t land a SAG or Oscar nomination — both of which Ali won. Foster, who missed out on a SAG Award nomination for her role as attorney Nancy Hollander, nonetheless triumphed over the likes of Glenn Close (‘Hillbilly Elegy’), Olivia Colman (‘The Father’) and Helena Zengel (‘News of the World’), all of whom are SAG Award-nominated, and ‘Mank’ standout Amanda Seyfried. Foster previously won Globes for best actress for ‘The Accused’ and ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2013.
SURPRISE: Barb and Star Make an appearance
As the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hosting, there were several other cast members who made appearances, from Tracy Morgan to Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson (playing a songwriting duo who were either married or related). Kristen Wiig also dropped by as Annie Mumolo, in character from their recent comedy ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ that was a nice treat, considering the film won’t be eligible for Golden Globes.
SURPRISE: Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, ‘The Crown’
Although many pundits were actually predicting Corrin would win, hearing her name still came as something of a surprise because she was nominated alongside her ‘The Crown’ co-star Olivia Colman, a woman who (prior to this year’s ceremony) won every Globe for which she had been nominated. Colman was also the incumbent winner in the category, winning for her role of Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of Netflix’s royal family period piece. Corrin was the fresh face not only in the race, but also in the season, stealing scenes, hearts and clearly votes as Princess Diana.
On the other hand, O’Connor was favoured by many as well, but he was in a category of vets that was too close to call ahead of the ceremony. The supporting player in Season 3 was bumped up to lead in Season 4 and it paid off wildly, with his first-ever Globes acclaim here. It was also a nice surprise to see both halves of the iconic royal couple be celebrated because the relationship relied on the chemistry between each other.
SNUB: ‘Lovecraft Country’
Misha Green’s wildly inventive adaptation went well beyond the pages of Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name to simultaneously explore the supernatural horrors of creatures and possession, as well as the literal historical horrors including the 1921 Tulsa massacre and 1950s Jim Crow laws. After its lead performers Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett were shut out in individual acting nominations, many hopes were high that they’d be celebrated together, with a series win. Instead, Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ which was the projected winner in the drama series category, did win again (its second overall after picking up a statue for its freshman season in 2017).
SURPRISE: Animal Cameos
As the 2021 Golden Globes award ceremony was far from the first awards show to go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, almost a year since the virus hit the US, with the numbers of infected individual still climbing and with many of the nominees still unvaccinated and in production pods, people have finally started to have fun with teleconferencing into award shows.
Fans got to see the perks of watching the virtual ceremony from the stars’ homes as they got to see some rare sights– Regina King’s dog Cornbread got comfortable on his bed behind her during the pre-show interviews, and Jodie Foster held her dog Ziggy in between her and her wife, Alexandra Hedison, while delivering her acceptance speech. Even presenter Sandra Oh included some (fake) four-legged friends when introducing Hulu’s ‘Palm Springs’. She had someone out of frame dragged toy dinosaurs on a sled through the snow behind her. (ANI)
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I HAVE A SMALL BUT IMPACTFUL ROLE IN ‘BELL BOTTOM’: VAANI KAPOOR
Mumbai : Vaani Kapoor, who was last seen in the 2019 hit film ‘War’, is thrilled that she got the opportunity to work opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Bell Bottom’, a movie in which she has a small but impactful role. Vaani, who made her Bollywood debut with the 2013 romantic-comedy ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, said the decision to do ‘Bell Bottom’ was instant because she got a chance to share the screen with her matinee idol. Vaani said, “I’m fortunate to have got the opportunity to work with one of the icons of Hindi cinema today, Akshay Kumar sir. I’m deeply thankful for his trust and faith. I have a small but impactful role in BellBottom which I’m hoping will be loved by audiences and critics alike.” She added, “I’m just thrilled that my journey in cinema so far has enabled me to be a part of the film and fact that I could share screen space with Akshay sir, who is larger than life and such a great person, the decision was a no-brainer.”
SONU SOOD JOINS SPECIAL OLYMPICS BHARAT AS BRAND AMBASSADOR
MUMBAI : Indian actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood has always been a step forward to aid those in need, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ‘Dabangg’ star has added another feather to his cap by becoming the brand ambassador of India at the Special Olympics to be held in Russia.
Sonu announced the news on his Instagram account with a picture of him wearing the jersey and posing with the Special Olympics Red Ball. He wrote, “Feeling proud today as I’m chosen to be the Brand Ambassador for India at the #SpecialOlympics to be held in Russia! I’m sure our champions will make us proud and I wish them all the best! Jai Hind.”
The virtual event of the inaugural session was viewed by over 500 athletes, coaches, families, officials and volunteers.
VICKY KAUSHAL GIVES A GLIMPSE OF HIS INTENSE WORKOUT ROUTINE
MUMBAI: Struggling to motivate yourself to workout? Don’t worry. Actor Vicky Kaushal’s latest Instagram post will definitely inspire you to burn some calories.
On Monday, Vicky took to the photo-sharing application and posted a picture of him lifting weights. His facial expressions while working out clearly indicates that he is giving it his all to achieve a perfect body.
“Wip (Work in progress),” he captioned the post. Vicky’s picture left netizens stunned. “Beast. Beast. Beast,” a user commented. “Oh my god…real transformation in making,” another user wrote.
Reportedly, Vicky is undergoing intense fitness training for his role in ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’, which is being helmed by Aditya Dhar. Vicky will also be seen in ‘Sardar Uddham Singh’, ‘Takht’, and ‘Sam Bahadur’.
ANUSHKA SHARMA ACES STREET STYLE FASHION IN UK
LONDON : Anushka Sharma is known for acing her sartorial looks be it a red carpet gown or a simple airport look and on Sunday the actor gave more proof of it during a casual stroll in the streets of Nottingham in the UK.
Anushka is currently in the UK with her husband Virat Kohli and their 6-month-old daughter Vamika as India tours England for a cricket series. The actor took to her Instagram handle and shared a series of solo pictures that sees her strolling the streets of Nottingham.
The first snap catches her million-dollar smile as breeze runs through her hair; the second and third picture shows her taking a stroll as she enjoys the English weather. While the pictures are proof that the ‘Patal Lok producer is spending a Happy Sunday in England, what not to miss is the street style fashion that she has totally graced. Anushka is seen sporting a casual black tee with wide-leg ripped jeans, paired with white sneakers. Keeping her luscious locks open in air, the actor looks classy and street-style chic.
SAAHIL BHARGAVA’S KOHIMA NOMINATED AT LA SHORTS FILM FEST
CHENNAI: Los Angeles based Mumbai boy Saahil Bhargava’s music video Kohima has been nominated at the prestigious LA Shorts International Film Festival in two key categories- animation and music video. An elated Saahil Bhargava talks about his song Kohima.
What is the thought behind Kohima? Kohima is about a soldier’s experience at war. It is inspired by the Battle of Kohima, a WW2 conflict that took place in Northeastern Indian in 1944. Rather than focus on the entire war, it focuses on one individual soldier’s emotions. His panic, his desperation and sheer desire to survive and go home. I chose this concept because I wanted to explore the experience of an individual soldier, and I found that the Battle of Kohima was this horrific brutal battle that is not talked about enough even though it is a crucial battle both in Indian history and WW2 history.
When did you start your journey as a musician ? I started singing as a little kid, and eventually started to play classical/jazz piano, rock/metal guitar, bass guitar and the alto sax. I kept studying music and eventually found myself studying musical theater after college. That is what made it all click for me, as my music being stories allows me to combine all my skills as a singer, songwriter, composer, writer and actor.
You have directed and sung Kohima. How did you manage both roles ? I worked on the music first. Starting with lyrics and then eventually doing the music. The trickiest part in the music process was getting the vocals right, as I really had to get into the head of the character, in this case the soldier, and convey his emotions through that lens. Once the song was recorded, I worked with Keshav Dhar (of Skyharbor) on the mixing/mastering elements. After the entire song was completed, I then was able to work with Harmeet Rahal with support from Big Bang Music. Harmeet and I worked together on getting the right visual style for the song, with him driving the design and visuals, while I focused more on the character/story elements. Given my background working in Animation with Rainshine Entertainment, it’s not my first time doing an animation project, but Kohima was special because it was a music video with a very clear focus. We wanted to get the main character’s emotions across, and as a result the video does highlight his face and the dread he is feeling.
SRK SENDS BEST WISHES TO INDIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM
MUMBAI : After the Indian women’s hockey team made history by defeating Australia to book their place in the semi-final for the first time in the Olympics, superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to his Twitter to congratulate the girls in his unique way.
SRK played an important role in popularising hockey in the country years ago when he played the iconic role of a hockey coach, Kabir Khan in the hit movie ‘Chak De! India’.
Shah Rukh addressed himself as Kabir Khan while giving his best wishes to the Indian women’s hockey team. “… Just bring some Gold on your way back….for a billion family members. This time Dhanteras is also on 2nd Nov. From: Ex-coach Kabir Khan,” SRK wrote.
Responding to SRK’s post on Twitter, Marjine thanked the former for his support. “Thank you for all the support and love. We will give everything again. From: The Real Coach,” Marjine tweeted. Actors who played the role of hockey players in ‘Chak De! India’ also congratulated the real-life Indian women’s hockey team on their win. Actor Vidya Malavade, who essayed the role of the team captain, took to Instagram and shared a picture of the reel vs real team. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since morning and I was just a part of the reel ..This .. These women are the real deal ..such pride .. such grit .. so much power.. Team INDIA Onwards and Upwards ladies ..#JAIHIND Here’s wishing Rani and her team all the very very best .. Go conquer girls.” she wrote.
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