Daniel Kaluuya's Muted Zoom Acceptance Speech Is Peak 2021 Behavior

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Bianca Betancourt
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Photo credit: Christopher Polk/NBC - Getty Images
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From Harper's BAZAAR

The Golden Globes got off to a rocky start.

In addition to an obsolete red carpet, socially distanced in-person celebration, and the diversity controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, this year's Golden Globes also proved that they're not the most technically savvy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first category of the night, Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, Laura Dern announced that British actor Daniel Kaluuya had won the coveted award. After announcing Kaluuya's victory, however, the actor's audio was muted as he began his acceptance speech, which led to the camera panning back to Dern and the actress apologizing for the "technical difficulties."

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It's unclear whether Kaluuya had forgotten to unmute his audio while beginning his speech or if it was a difficulty on the Globe production team's end, but eventually, Kaluuya was able to speak and hilariously quipped, "We got this! We got this!" before going into his speech.

Kaluuya took home the award for his portrayal of Chicago Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton in the acclaimed Shaka King–directed film Judas and the Black Messiah. "I hope a whole generation after this can see how [Frank Hampton] fought, how brilliantly he spoke, and how brilliantly he loved," said Kaluuya, honoring the late activist who inspired the film. "[This movie] taught me about myself, made me grow as a man, and I appreciate that with all my heart."

Along with Kaluuya's acting nod, Judas and the Black Messiah was also nominated for Best Song Motion Picture, for "Fight for You" by H.E.R.

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