Jeff Daniels and Jason Sudeikis Captured the Surreality of Golden Globes 2021Posted by Colleen Murray on March 2, 2021
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By: Cassie Da Costa
March 1, 2021
The Zoom attendees of the 78th annual Golden Globes seem to be asking the same question silently from their hotel rooms: “What are we doing here?” It’s an existential query that has torn through every living room for the past year, and can finally now be encapsulated on the small screen. From an effortful preshow hosted by Jane Lynch and This Is Us actor Susan Kelechi Watson to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s bicoastal split screen, it’s hard to imagine that the ceremony traditionally considered to be awards season’s most raucous good time has been transformed into three hours of staged small talk and frozen images. Yet, here we are, laughing through the strangest Golden Globes we’re likely to ever see.
It’s an odd event to watch—and, apparently, an even odder one to participate in, as evidenced by the handful of world-famous actors who refused to get commercially glamorous while “attending“ the Globes from the comfort of their own homes. Like those of us refusing to turn video on during the 1,000th work Zoom meeting of the week, plenty of actors are surrendering to the pandemic’s unnerving circumstances.
The premium example so far: Jeff Daniels, nominated for The Comey Rule, broke the internet Sunday night by appearing resignedly when his category was announced—wearing not a tux but a plaid button-down shirt, and sitting in what seemed to be a suburban home’s storage room flanked by multiple closets.
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