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Queer Women Won Big at the 2021 Golden Globes

Andra Day, Jodie Foster and her wife, and Gillian Anderson

It was a big year for queer women, both actresses and roles, at the Golden Globes this year.

While Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm took home the two big movie awards at Sunday night's Golden Globes, the big story was queer women killing it. It all crescendoed when two queer women won acting awards back-to-back.

The event was the first-ever bicoastal broadcast for the ceremony. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler videoed in from setups in New York City and Los Angeles with some presenters also appearing from those events while others Zoom-chatted in.

Halfway through the night, Gillian Anderson won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. Then, the very next award, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Supporting Role, went to legendary out actress Jodie Foster! Foster accepted the award sitting with her wife and dog. She and her wife even wore cute matching pajamas.

While both Supporting Actress film awards went to out actresses, both Lead Actress film awards went to straight actresses playing queer characters. After Rosamund Pike won an Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as diabolical lesbian scammer Marla Grayson in I Care a Lot, Andra Day won for Best Actress in a Drama for playing Blues legend Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels' The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

Day became the first Black woman to win the award in 35 years, and just the second ever after Whoopi Goldberg, who also won for playing a queer woman in 1986's The Color Purple.

Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon were also nominated for their roles in Ratched, but neither won. Paulson did make an appearance in a Prada gown and matching custom Prada cast after injuring her arm earlier in the day, though, introducing Ryan Murphy’s The Prom as one of the Best Picture nominees. 

Throw in two awards for The Queen’s Gambit, which featured about thirty seconds of queer woman content, and that makes a night full of content for lesbians, bisexual women, and sapphics.

Schitt’s Creek, whose final season was nominated for five awards, picked up two of them, one for Comedy Series and one for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Catherine O’Hara. Star and co-creator Dan Levy accepted the award for Comedy Series and in his speech called out the award show for lack of diversity among the nominees. 

The Crown was the big winner for television awards, bringing home four Globes, includng Best Television Series - Drama, and Best Actor and Best Actress. 

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which won Best Musical or Comedy also won the award for Best Actor for Sacha Baron Cohen. Best Drama Nomadland also got the award for Best Director for Chloe Zhao. She is the first woman to win the award since Barbara Streisand won for directing Yentl in 1983.

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