Golden Globes Lack Of Diversity And Grab Bag Of Nominations Setback Representation Goals In Hollywood – Commentary

but no Golden Globe shine for the amazing performances delivered by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge. Were they only allowed to have one? Regina King's One Night In Miami saw a nomination for Leslie Odom Jr. Daniel Kaluuya received a well-deserved nomination for Judas and the Black Messiah but his co-stars LaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback were ignored for their incredible performances and director Shaka King was overlooked.
It's not to say that the nominees aren't worthy of their place in this year's ceremony. The 80-something member organization has a lot of blind spots and they need to address them. Everyone is talented and has something to bring to the table, but HFPA's scope of what is worthy of being nominated seems very limited.
We also see a peppering of people of color in the feature categories and a scant amount of BIPOC nods in the TV acting categories. Based on these nominations, the HFPA is telling us that a show like Emily In Paris eclipses I May Destroy You. I recognize the diversity in this year's nominations. It's great that there are three women directors — two of them women of color — who were nominated in the directing category. I celebrate that. Something doesn't add up there. However, with the amount of content from people of color and other underrepresented communities that has come out in the past year, it's hard to believe that the HFPA has overlooked and ignored so many great performances and projects. Don't get it twisted…
Another year, another round of Golden Globes nominations that incite praise, love and, of course, uproar due to snubs.
can you blame them? Radha Blank could have also been a contender for acting, directing and writing for The Forty-Year-Old Version yet there were crickets. The snub of the groundbreaking HBO dark comedy has left many livid… It's one of the best TV series in the past two decades. There's also Colman Domingo in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Nicole Beharie in Miss Juneteenth, the cast and creators of P-Valley, Issa Rae's Insecure and of course, Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You.
I'm sure the HFPA is filled with great people — but what is the ethnic breakdown and what publications do they represent?
Just take a look at Twitter and you will see a combination of celebration and ritual draggings (some of it from yours truly) of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their questionable choices for nominees in a year that has seen a global pandemic, a  Black Lives Matter movement and a reckoning for all industries — especially Hollywood — when it comes to representation and equality for those in the margins.
They nominated Lovecraft Country for Best Television Series – Drama but not a single actor was recognized. Yes, we have Viola Davis, Andra Day, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, John Boyega and Regina King in the running but these nominations seem like checkboxes for the HFPA. From Jurnee Smollett to Jonathan Majors to the illustrious Michael K. Williams, each and every one of the actors showed up and showed out on the socially-minded sci-fi fantasy yet they don't deserve a nomination alongside Olivia Colman and Jason Bateman? There's something wrong there. There's something to be said about the blatant lack of nominations for Black film and TV series.
as well as the aforementioned Jonathan Majors and Chadwick Boseman. Let's not forget about Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods where Delroy Lindo commanded the screen alongside Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr. In addition, Sam Levinson's riveting Malcolm & Marie — a feat in pandemic filmmaking — featured Zendaya and John David Washington like we have never seen them before. Yet, there was zero love for them on all fronts.
That would help explain this offbeat mosaic of nominees and their lack of inclusivity. The HFPA remains a mystery in how they function and the choices they make. Their nominations are always unpredictable. At times, unpredictability can offer a pleasant surprise but, like an earthquake, it can also cause a mess. Based on today's nominations, the HFPA seems disconnected and not engaged with audiences and the changing landscape of TV and film. Maybe it's time for them to sit down and re-evaluate what they represent.” />
Case in point: of the 10 films nominated in the Best Picture categories center on a narrative about a person of color or an underrepresented community. Of course, there is Hamilton, but that is a narrative traditionally told through a white lens but Lin-Manuel Miranda disrupted the system by telling it with people of color. Based on today's Golden Globe nominations, it just doesn't quite feel like the HFPA is aligning with them. The Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made concerted efforts to be more inclusive and to bolster diversity with their voters and what they nominate for their annual awards ceremony. Then there is Sia's problematic Music which could have been an opportunity for representation but a huge can of worms were spilled after she was accused of ableism after casting Maddie Ziegler in a role of an autistic girl.
They are supposed to be representative of the best of the best in Hollywood and, in turn, a reflection of the world. One could argue that "awards shows don't mean anything" — but they do. If we go by the Golden Globe nominations, it's wildly Eurocentric with a pinch of inclusive stories created by diverse people. The Golden Globes is one of the biggest awards shows in Hollywood so they have a certain level of significance but more and more people are having a difficult time taking them seriously.
Sure, the HFPA throws great parties and everyone has fun at the ceremony but the Golden Globes have become increasingly baffling with the choices it has made…especially this year. The Golden Globes usually kick off awards season and the elusive HFPA's history with its nominations has been — how should I put this — problematic for many. It's usually a random hodgepodge of nominees that don't necessarily dictate the Oscars or guild awards.
Maybe it's time to change these rules. Motion picture dramas, musicals or comedies with 50% or more English dialogue are eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama or Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy awards." Also, there's the strategy of it all. There are rules that the HFPA must follow. I get it. However, Minari is a very American film. I would argue that it could win both. It tells the story of the American Dream. It's baked into its DNA. This could have all been predicted when Lee Isaac Chung's Minari was put in the foreign language category. Still, the rules of the Golden Globes state that "any film with at least 50% of non-English dialogue goes into the Foreign Language category. Perhaps Minari had a better chance of winning Best Foreign Langauge than Best Motion Picture.
Or even Yeri Han's? Or even the entire cast for that matter? Or Alan Kim's? Let me circle back to Minari. Vida and One Day at a Time could have easily represented the Latinx community and Little America provided a wealth of diverse nominations that the HFPA decided to push aside. With a petty grin directed at the HFPA, I applaud its nomination for Best Foreign Language film — but what about Steven Yeun's moving performance? Maybe the HFPA should take a look at the Independent Spirit Awards to see what a list of nominees should really look like. And how are you going to nominate Riz Ahmed for Best Actor but totally ignore Sound of Metal on all the other fronts? Or Youn Yuh-jung's? There's also Lingua Franca, The Half of It, First Cow, Never Have I Ever and more films that could have easily sat next to some of these nominees.

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