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Monday, January 9, 2017

Diversity Was a Recurring Theme Throughout Sunday's Golden Globes Ceremony

What it must have been like to be in the room at Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, which honored the great Viola Davis for her extraordinary work in Fences, earning the film's only trophy (Denzel Washington's equally powerful performance and direction of the film was disappointingly unawarded--more on that later). We saw Tracee Ellis Ross take home the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy (Black-ish), becoming the first black actress to win in the category since Debbie Allen won in 1982 for Fame. We saw Donald Glover celebrated for telling his own story in his rookie series, Atlanta, taking home awards for best actor in a TV comedy as well as creating the show. We saw Moonlight take home the evening's top honor for best dramatic movie (after watching them lose in not one, not two, not three, but four categories before that--more on that later as well). And we saw an animated film, Zootopia, win, for reminding us that it's never too early to teach our youngest generation (and the rest of us) the importance of acceptance, No, the call for diversity among award committees is not obsolete (not by a long shot). But we just got one step closer to demanding visibility in a year in which talent of color on TV and in film could not be ignored.

Then, a hoarse yet delighted Meryl Streep graced the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award, punctuating the mood of the evening with a speech calling for inclusivity and foreign empathy, highlighting the many areas of the world from which the nominated women in the room have come: "If you kick us all out, you'll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts."

Watch the full clip here:

But of course, the night wasn't complete without its share of disappoints: Casey Affleck winning for the aggressively stale Manchester by the Sea, over the far superior Washington (I really fear they're going to take this campaign all the way to the Oscars and my, what an abomination that would be). Same goes for La La Land, which was the clear darling of the evening--confirming that mediocrity is okay as long as it's amiable. And that's all I will say about those two in this post. Oh wait, I do want to add that it's ridiculous that Emma Stone won over Annette Bening, who embodies everything that makes 20th Century Women special (though it's neither a comedy or a musical like La La Land, so maybe the Foreign Press was confused about their own category--again). Okay, now I'm done.

And you know how I feel about Elle. Not even the inimitable Isabelle Huppert, and the film's confounding claims of feminism, can validate it being in the race at all. Not when Ruth Negga's performance in Loving is still right there.

But in other news, I am clearly in the minority here, but I was pleasantly surprised by Aaron Taylor-Johnson's win for his absolutely insane performance in Nocturnal Animals--though conflicted by the loss of Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), whose performance in the first third of the film lingered until the closing credits. I always say that I am fine as long as someone deserving wins (though I know folks are feeling a kind of way about this one).

We'll have to see how the rest of the season unfolds. See the complete list of Golden Globe winners:


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”


Anonymous said...

Good piece. My only major point of contention would be with Casey Affleck's performance in Manchester by the Sea and the film itself, both of which I thought to be excellent. Also, while I don't love La La Land like most of the rest of the world seems too, I wouldn't call it mediocre.

Unknown said...

Aggressively stale. LoL I'm stealing that. Great piece

Ruth said...

Great post. I sure hope it isn't just a *trend* but that Hollywood continues to pay attention and recognize diverse talents. I personally think Moonlight is eons better and more compelling than La La Land so that's what I'm championing at the Oscars!

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