Sunday, January 8th was a monumental night for diversity in Hollywood!
For its loose structure and casual atmosphere, The Golden Globes has always been my favorite awards show and the 74th edition had a night full of surprises for actors of color- no not just John Legend finding his name misspelled or Pharrell answering questions regarding “Hidden Fences.” We’ve been critical of award shows here at The Hive, with reason, myself included, but where #OscarssoWhite two years running, failed, The Golden Globes nominees and winners and overall quality of films and television and series honored showcased an array of talents and faces, finally getting the recognition they deserve.
Highs of the night included Tracee Ellis Ross closing a 35 year gap winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy- last earned by Debbie Allen- right on the brink of the Fame anniversary. Although I was rooting for Issa Rae for Insecure, Ross is LONG overdue for a win and respect and I couldn’t be happier for them both.
Fresh from receiving the first star on the walk of fame in the new year, the most deserving and endlessly talented Viola Davis who brought down the house in the play turned movie adaptation of Fences, also brought home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture.
Besides Meryl Streep’s queenly stick to a certain “Commander” in Chief, my personal favorite moment of the night and favorite film of the year, Moonlight winning Best Picture -Drama had me through the roof!
From Dev Patel to Naomi Harris, Donald Glover giving a “Bad and Boujee” acceptance speech on behalf of Atlanta, to Riz Ahmed and Rami Malek, to Gael Garcia Bernal and Ruth Negga- The Golden Globes was a colorful affair- and not just in vain to meet a quota, there were no “tokens” there- just good films and shows and hard work. Behind so many productions from Loving to Black-ish and so many more were not just the colors that graced the camera, but the people of color and WOMEN of color behind the scenes, on set, in the writers room, making a difference.
2016 is arguably one of the BEST years for TV and movies in a very long time. I don;t think there’s a coincidence between more diverse actors on screen and off and the excitement audiences around the world are feeling whether they’re binge watching the Golden Globe nominated Westworld or This Is Us as well as the unrecognized, but still pivotal, Luke Cage and The Get Down. Representation Matters and is proving it’s good! Good or ratings, good for business, goof for viewers.
Congrats to ALL of the nominees and winners- Black, White, Yellow, Purple! Diverse film and TV is GOOD film and TV; I’m enjoying it all and looking forward to what’s to come in 2017.
Best picture, drama: “Moonlight”
Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land”
Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Supporting actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”
Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Animated film: “Zootopia”
Foreign language film: “Elle” (France)
Original score: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
Original song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land”
Best series, drama: “The Crown,” Netflix
Best series, comedy or musical: “Atlanta,” FX
Best television movie or mini-series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX
Actress, mini-series or television movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Actor, mini-series or television movie: Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”
Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Actor, drama: Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”
Actress, comedy or musical: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Actor, comedy or musical: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”
Supporting actor: Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”