Could there be anything more zeitgeist than British actor Daniel Kaluuya accepting his Golden Globe on mute?
The Golden Globes looked pretty different this year with celebrities logging in from home in extremely expensive outfits (with the exception of Jason Sudekis' stoner hoodie). I struggle with celebrities at the best of times, but there was something endearing about seeing these people in their actual homes, with their uncomfortable-looking partners and oblivious dogs.
So it's perhaps fitting that the whole thing kicked off with Daniel Kaluuya winning the night's first Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in Judas and the Black Messiah, looking completely overwhelmed and beginning his acceptance speech on mute. WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE, DANIEL.
"As you can see, we unfortunately have a bad connection", presenter Laura Dern said amid some guffaws from the audience. "We apologise for that technical problem and send all our congratulations to Daniel on his Golden Globe win."
Daniel wasn't having it though, and just as Laura Dern exited the stage we heard him pipe up: "You're doing me dirty. You're doing me dirty. Am I on?" (we should all start zoom calls this way) before pivoting into his acceptance speech. "I gave everything," Daniel said of his role. Like the great Nipsey Hussle says, we're here to give until we're empty."
Huge props to Daniel for pushing through the chaos and giving a great acceptance speech in spite of it all. Zoom calls are hard enough without the whole world watching and Laura Dern abandoning you during a time of need; I can't imagine how a mere mortal would've managed.
But Daniel powered through and finished things off with a flourish. "I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ON A ZOOM WITH BILL MURRAY!" Maybe he's one of us after all.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.
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