Film / TV

the golden globes nominee list forgot a lot of people

December 9, 2019
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The Golden Globes made news today, not for the nominations received but for those people and projects that were overlooked. In a mass snubbing, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which selects the nominees, left quite a few prominent artists off of their list. The majority of the exceptional filmmakers ignored share a commonality: diversity. As the world is run on balance, of course with every disappointment from the official list of Golden Globe nominees, was a silver lining. Where the Golden Globes have sinned, the Critics’ Choice Awards have shown out, and plenty of artists have surfaced to remind us that these awards aren’t created by people who respect the medium enough to honestly vote based on the best work. Instead, these institutions implement a system that favors the same type of person even if the work of others is more deserving. 

The Golden Globes have failed to nominate any female directors or screenwriters in a year full of phenomenal films by women. While this should be unacceptable, we can support the filmmakers we know to be deserving regardless of their nominations by watching their films and sharing them with others. We can spend our Golden Globes celebrating prominent artists like Ava Duvernay, Mati Diop, Melina Matsoukas, Chinonye Chukwu among many others.

A glaring omission from the Golden Globes list of nominees is the absence of “When They See Us.” The Critics Choice Awards, however, got it right with a double nomination for star Asante Blackk and one nomination each for his co-stars Jharrel Jerome, Niecy Nash, John Leguizamo, and Marsha Stephanie Blake. The show is also nominated under the limited series category. Similarly, the Critics Choice Awards saved the day for fans of “Euphoria,” nominating the well-deserving Zendaya as Best Actress in a Drama Series for “Euphoria.”

While the snubs this year were plentiful and hurtful, the uproar created by this list is reassuring and a testament to the fantastic non-male, non-white creators who deserve to be acknowledged and praised. We see you, and we celebrate you.