Inside Renée Zellweger's Return To The Spotlight At The Golden Globes

Unless she's promoting big projects, Renée Zellweger isn't one to inundate fans with lots of red carpet stops, and that's part of what made her glam appearance at the 2021 Golden Globes so special. The star, who won big at the 2020 award ceremony for her role in Judyreturned to the show as a presenter in 2021.

To mark her first public appearance of 2021, the four-time Golden Globe winner projected pure Hollywood glamour in a midnight blue Giorgio Armani Privé gown, complete with a sweetheart neckline and a classy high-low hem, per People. The striking look isn't a dramatic departure from red carpet looks Zellweger has favored in the past, but why fix something that's not broken? To shake up her style a bit, the actress debuted a chic, side-swept lob that was a little different from the sleek, blonde locks she has previously rocked.

Joining celeb presenters like Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo and Joaquin Phoenix, Zellweger was on hand to present the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Here's what she (and the winner) had to say.

Renée Zellweger teared up during her time onstage

Renée Zellweger's role at the 2021 Golden Globes took an emotional turn when she presented the winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama to the late Chadwick Boseman. The posthumous Golden Globe honors Boseman for his last on-screen performance as Levee Green in Netflix's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which chronicles the story of blues singer Ma Rainey. Naturally, it was a heavy moment for everyone. Boseman's shocking death at age 43 from colon cancer dealt Hollywood and the world a devastating blow, as it robbed the talented actor of what was sure to be a long and storied career. 

His widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, was on hand to accept the award on her husband's behalf. "He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices. He would thank his incredible team," Ledward said tearfully, while Zellweger "stood to the side of the stage and emotionally held back her own tears," per People. Ledward continued, "He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of us that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history."