Forget the gowns, the diamonds and the speeches; the real showstoppers of the 2021 Golden Globes were the celebrity pets that made an appearance throughout the night, including Emma Corrin’s cat and Jodie Foster’s dog. Like many recent events, the awards went virtual for 2021. Presenters and a small number of famous faces attended the ceremony in person, but most nominees tuned in via video link from their hotel rooms and living rooms. There was a little more glamour on display than the average pandemic video call, but several famous faces still experienced something now very familiar to those working from home – animals wanting in on the action. Who doesn’t love a pet turning up mid-Zoom?
Jodie Foster celebrated winning ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture’ for The Mauritanian with a cuddle with her wife Alexandra Hedison and their dog, Ziggy. The chilled terrier-cross sat contentedly through Foster’s acceptance speech, looking smart in a neckerchief made to match his owner’s awards outfit – a pair of sleek silk pajamas.
Jodie Foster is out here literally living the dream 🥺 pic.twitter.com/c4vudJo3eiMarch 1, 2021
As the nominees for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama’ waited for the winner to be announced Sarah Paulson picked up her chihuahua mix, Winnie, and helped her give a wave to the audience. Paulson and fellow nominee Olivia Coleman called for star of The Crown Emma Corrin to show off her pet too, and soon her Siamese cat was snuggled against her designer ruffle-necked gown.
emma corrin won a golden globe tonight & she brought her cat as her zoom date so she's really just winning at life pic.twitter.com/IgBYBjVnAWMarch 1, 2021
One animal companion less keen to join in the glitz and excitement of the night was Regina King’s dog, Cornbread. As King, dressed in a dazzling one-shoulder silver dress, gave a pre-show interview about her nomination for ‘Best Director Motion Picture’ for One Night in Miami, Cornbread slunk into shot. The unimpressed pooch flopped down on a bed in the background with its face firmly to the wall and its rear end to the camera.
Viewers may have missed the build-up of the red carpet and the teary hugs of celebration that usually feature in the ceremony, but there seems to be a general consensus that everything – even something as prestigious as the Golden Globes – is improved with the unexpected arrival of pets.
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Victoria is a writer, author and communicator with a background in science and has recently completed an MSc in Science Communication. She also has a degree in Evolutionary Biology and has written for magazines including World of Animals, How It Works and Science+Nature. She grew up with rabbits and a spaniel, and has had her horse, Bernie, for 11 years.