Golden Globes Snubs Black Women

Golden Globes Snubs Black Women

Lupita, Zendaya, Regina, Ava and many more were shut out.

Published December 9th

Written by Paul Meara

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globes, and once again, critically-acclaimed projects by Black actors and actresses were largely left off.

Among the most shocking snubs was Ava DuVernay’s Emmy-winning series When They See Us, which documents the injustices of the now-dubbed Exonerated Five. The show was shut out completely, failing to get nods for best miniseries or best television film, and no nominations for acting or directing.

Additionally, Regina King was snubbed for her role as Sister Night on HBO’s incredibly popular series Watchmen. In fact, the Damon Lindelof series didn’t see one nomination. Additionally, Zendaya was completely shut out of the Globes’ TV categories for her starring role in HBO’s series Euphoria.

Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard were not recognized for for their roles in Us and Clemency, respectively, leaving Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo as the only woman of color nominated for an acting award.

In total, out of the 40 acting nominations in television only three went to non-white actors. Erivo and Beyonce, who was nominated for Best Original Song for The Lion King, are the only Black women to be recognized for their contributions in film and television.

Twitter took note of the snubs and were not pleased.

  1. Black men fared a little — but only a little — better. Eddie Murphy was recognized in the Best Actor In A Musical Or Comedy for Dolemite Is My Name (the film was also nominated for Best Picture In A Musical Or Comedy) and Billy Porter received a Best Actor In A Drama Series for Pose. Notably, though, Jharrell Jerome from When They See Us was shut out of the nominations, despite winning an Emmy for the mini-series. Ava DuVernay’s moving retelling of the Central Park Five case failed to be recognized with a single nomination.

    Aside from the white-washing, the Globes also has a gender problem: zero female film directors were nominated, a long-standing problem the awards ceremony has faced.

    In the Globes’ nearly 80 year history, fewer than 10 women have been nominated in the Best Director category, and that trend continues for the 2020 Globes. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s Marielle Heller, Little Women’s Greta Gerwig, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang and Hustlers’ Lorene Scafaria all did not receive nods for the category even though they were all eligible and whose films received numerous nominations in other categories.

    See a full list of the 2020 Golden Globes nominees below. The ceremony will take place on January 5 on NBC.

    Best Motion Picture – Drama
    “The Irishman” (Netflix)
    “Marriage Story” (Netflix)
    “1917” (Universal)
    “Joker” (Warner Bros.)
    “The Two Popes” (Netflix)

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
    Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
    Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
    Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
    Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
    Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
    Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
    Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
    Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
    Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
    Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

    Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
    “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
    “Knives Out” (Lionsgate)
    “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
    “Rocketman” (Paramount)

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
    Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
    Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
    Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
    Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
    Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
    Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
    Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
    Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)

    Best Motion Picture – Animated
    “Frozen 2” (Disney)
    “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal)
    “The Lion King” (Disney)
    “Missing Link” (United Artists Releasing)
    “Toy Story 4” (Disney)

    Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
    “The Farewell” (A24)
    “Les Misérables” (Amazon)
    “Pain and Glory” (Sony Pictures Classics)
    “Parasite” (Neon)
    “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon)

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
    Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
    Annette Bening (“The Report”)
    Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
    Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
    Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
    Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
    Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
    Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
    Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
    Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

    Best Director – Motion Picture
    Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
    Sam Mendes (“1917”)
    Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
    Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
    Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

    Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
    Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
    Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
    Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
    Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
    Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)

    Best Original Score – Motion Picture
    Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
    Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)
    Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)
    Thomas Newman (“1917”)
    Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”)

    Best Original Song – Motion Picture
    “Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
    “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
    “Into the Unknown” (“Frozen 2”)
    “Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
    “Stand Up” (“Harriet”)

    Best Television Series – Drama
    “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
    “The Crown” (Netflix)
    “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
    “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
    “Succession” (HBO)

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
    Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
    Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
    Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
    Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
    Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
    Brian Cox (“Succession”)
    Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
    Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
    Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
    Billy Porter (“Pose”)

    Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
    “Barry” (HBO)
    “Fleabag” (Amazon)
    “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
    “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
    “The Politician” (Netflix)

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
    Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
    Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
    Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
    Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
    Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
    Bill Hader (“Barry”)
    Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
    Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
    Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

    Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    “Catch-22″ (Hulu)
    “Chernobyl” (HBO)
    “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
    The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
    “Unbelievable” (Netflix)

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
    Joey King (“The Act”)
    Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
    Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
    Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
    Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
    Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
    Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
    Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
    Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
    Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)
    Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
    Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
    Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
    Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
    Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
    Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
    Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BAFTA LA, and Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

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