Golden Globes Suffers Tech Glitch: Daniel Kaluuya's Audio Cuts Out While Accepting Award

Daniel Kaluuya

After winning the award for best supporting actor for his role in 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' the actor’s live stream sound was cut off.

Daniel Kaluuya experienced some technical difficulties after winning a Golden Globe on Sunday night.

Due to the pandemic, all nominees appeared remotely via video feed. Kaluuya, who secured the first award of the night, for best supporting actor in a motion picture for Judas and the Black Messiah, was visibly surprised after hearing his name called. However, when the actor tried to give his acceptance speech, his audio was not working. An assumed producer could be overheard saying, "I wish we could hear him."

After briefly lingering on Kaluuya silently mouthing his speech, the camera returned to presenter Laura Dern, who told viewers, "As you can see, we unfortunately have a bad connection. We apologize for that technical problem and send all of our congratulations to Daniel on his Golden Globe win."

However, almost immediately, the broadcast cut back to Kaluuya’s live stream, with the sound restored. "You did me dirty! Am I on? Is this on? Can you hear me now? All right, cool, we got this," said the actor, who then proceeded to give his speech, where he thanked the film’s director, Shaka King, and the "incredible" cast. He also thanked Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton, whom he portrayed in the film. He ended his speech by raising a glass to his fellow nominees, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jared Leto, Bill Murray and Leslie Odom Jr.

When speaking to the virtual press room later, Kaluuya poked fun at the tech issues, joking, "That’s what happened, bro. It’s a pandemic, bro. They got into the Wi-Fi. Corona is being spread on the Wi-Fi." He also said he was determined to speak to be able to "give the recognition where it’s supposed to be." 

Later, when winning the award for best supporting actor for his role in Small Axe, John Boyega also appeared initially confused, asking, "Do I just talk automatically?" before proceeding with his speech.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned for the fourth time to virtually host the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards from the Rainbow Room in New York and the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, a division of MRC, which is a co-owner of The Hollywood Reporter through a joint venture with Penske Media titled P-MRC.