The Screening Room (Golden Globe 2021 Winners Thoughts)

The harshest critic meets the best and worst movies and TV

The Golden Globes were on the night of February 28th, and while I personally didn’t watch the event, I did end up seeing who won. Honestly, I was a little frustrated with a few of the winners. Although, I was also happy with a few of them. So let’s take a look at a few of the winning nominees and whether I believe they deserved their award or not. 

Best Television Series Musical or Comedy Winner: “Schitts Creek”

For those who haven’t seen the show, “Schitts Creek” follows the story of the Rose family, who, after losing all of their money, must move to a trashy town the father had bought as a joke. The family then has to adjust to their new life by trying to make friends with the unusual locals and attempting to let go of their high society personality. 

This is by far one of the funniest “fish out of water” scenarios ever made. The long running comedy duo, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara,  are just the icing on top of this already hilarious show, acting alongside each other in such films as, “A Mighty Wind” and “Best in Show”.  Dan Levy and Annie Murphy play the bickering brother and sister we can all relate to, almost perfectly. And at the core of it all the story has heart, with the family dynamic of the Roses’ being the most attractive part. I’d say that this show definitely deserved their Golden Globe.

Best Motion Picture Animated Winner: Soul

While I haven’t necessarily enjoyed Disney’s most recent films like “The Lion King” remake and the “Aladdin” remake simply because they are just recycle the same ideas., I did enjoy “Soul”.The film follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a music teacher who, after finding out he has finally gotten his big break, dies. 

No, seriously, he straight up dies. After attempting to leave the after life Joe meets 22, a nihilistic soul who has yet to start her life on Earth. Together they must begrudgingly work together to get Joe back to his body and help 22 find meaning in life so she can finally start hers. 

This movie was absolutely beautiful in every aspect. The animation was smooth, the voice acting was very strong, and in proper Disney fashion, some of the story arcs really pull at the heartstrings. When it comes to award season, I believe Disney will always have an edge simply due to brand recognition — no matter how good the film is. But in this case, the award is very well deserved. 

Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Borat Subsequent Movie Film

This film can be described many ways, but “best” isn’t one of them. This film is a sequel to “Borat”, a raunchy social commentary film spotlighting the darker aspects of our society. The film is very offensive and I would not recommend it to anyone without a dark sense of humor. However, we’re not here to talk about the first film, we’re here to talk about the sequel. “Borat Subsequent Movie Film ” follows Borat as he once again returns to America to discover more about American culture. He faces new challenges such as political turmoil with extreme presidential rallies and a sudden pandemic. Despite these challenges, he finds a way to cause some very unfortunate shenanigans. To me this film was very average. It was basically the same type of comedy as the first film just, “Uh-oh, Borat’s old now and Americas gotten worse.” That’s pretty much the movie in a nutshell. Compared to the other nominees, I do not think this film deserved the Golden Globe. 

Now “Hamilton” or “The Prom”, those two easily could’ve, and should’ve won the award. However, I guess the critics have spoken, and there’s nothing we can do.