The 2021 Golden Globes ended the night by winning Andra Day for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
The singer-turned-actress burst into tears surrounded by parents and other family members and friends as she delivered an acceptance speech recognizing "giants" like Viola Davis, who was also nominated in the same category.
Day is only the second black actress to win the award, according to the L.A. Times, with Whoopi Goldberg was the first in 1987 for "The Color Purple". While this was Day's first major role, it was her incredible portrayal and ability to channel legendary singer Billie Holiday that made the decision a breeze.
Holiday endured abusive relationships with men, heroin addiction, and harassment from the F.B.I. and blackened by their own community throughout their careers. However, the film is not a portrayal of their victim, but a revelation of their strength and perseverance.
"It took me forever to get inappropriate," Day told the Hollywood Reporter. "I started smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and being more sexual."
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In her acceptance speech, Day Holiday thanked her for "transforming me with this role and her presence and spirit".