SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett's take on this year's Golden Globes nominees, announced February 3, 2021. The winners will be announced on February 28, 2021.
The Golden Globes, awards handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have never been predictable. With their own set of rules, and spanning both film and TV, sometimes that is delightful—for example, after years of shutting out female directors, Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), and Regina King (One Night in Miami) are going head-to-head for Best Director. Other times, it can reinforce bad patterns. In six of the eight TV acting categories, not a single person of color was nominated, and this in a year that brought us “Bridgerton,” “ I May Destroy You,” and “Lovecraft Country.”
In the Foreign Language Film category, Two of Us makes a bow, which Virtual SIFF Cinema opens on February 5. Also included is US-made film Minari, which—because much of the dialogue is in Korean—is classified as a Foreign Language title. One of my favorite films of the year, with spectacular turns from Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-jung as a slyly foul-mouthed grandmother, this story of a Korean family who emigrates to Arkansas to make a living farming the land is a true “American Dream” tale. The film opens on Virtual SIFF Cinema for a limited time starting February 12—this is a DO NOT MISS pick from me!
Like all awards shows, no one knows what will happen when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler “take the stage” on February 28. Will “Schitt’s Creek” repeat its Emmy domination? Will Queen Elizabeth or Princess Diana take “The Crown”? Will Best Director be a female filmmaker? I will be tuning in to find out...
—Beth Barrett, SIFF Artistic Director
February 3, 2021