Amid controversy over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s own diversity disparity, the 2021 Golden Globe winners included three Black actors awarded in the film categories for the first time since 2007, and four Black winners overall, but showed no gains on the diversity front in TV.
The first two winners of the night were Black performers, Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) for supporting film actor and John Boyega (“Small Axe”) for supporting TV actor, who was ultimately the only person of color to win in the small screen categories.
As the broadcast continued, the late Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) posthumously won the award for lead actor in a drama film. Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) became the second Black woman to win the Golden Globe award for lead actress in a drama film. (The first Black woman to win the award was Whoopi Goldberg in 1986.)