Di­ver­sity is the win­ner at the Golden Globes

CityPress - - News - GARRETH VAN NIEK­ERK garreth.van­niek­erk@city­press.co.za

It looks as if there will not be a re­peat of the #Os­carsSoWhite sit­u­a­tion at this year’s Golden Globe awards, tak­ing place at The Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel in Los An­ge­les tonight. From di­rec­tors to ac­tors, black peo­ple fea­ture promi­nently on the list of the night’s nom­i­nees, hope­fully sig­nalling pos­i­tive change for the up­com­ing awards sea­son. Most sig­nif­i­cant among the big hit­ters nom­i­nated for the cov­eted best pic­ture award is Moon­light, about two brave souls who find love against the odds in Mi­ami’s poor­est neigh­bour­hood. Barry Jenk­ins has re­ceived a best di­rec­tor nom­i­na­tion, Ma­her­shala Ali a best sup­port­ing ac­tor nod and Naomie Har­ris a best sup­port­ing ac­tress nod. It is not only a sig­nif­i­cant move for­ward for the black film in­dus­try, but for the queer com­mu­nity as well. Big names such as Den­zel Wash­ing­ton and Vi­ola Davis (who got her own star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame on Thurs­day) have been nom­i­nated for their roles in Fences – which Wash­ing­ton not only acted in, but also di­rected. Ste­vie Won­der is a nom­i­nee for best orig­i­nal song for his duet with Ari­ana Grande on the song Faith, which fea­tured in the an­i­mated film Sing. Phar­rell Wil­liams has cracked his first Globes nod for best orig­i­nal score, along with his co-col­lab­o­ra­tors, com­posers Hans Zim­mer and Ben­jamin Wall­fisch, for Hid­den Fig­ures, a biopic about the fe­male African Amer­i­can math­e­ma­ti­cians who helped launch US as­tro­naut John Glenn into or­bit. Al­though movies are a big part of the night – with many us­ing the cer­e­mony’s out­comes as in­di­ca­tors of who will win at the Os­cars next month – the im­por­tance of the Globes lies in the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try. While the usual sus­pects – se­ries such as Game of Thrones and Veep – make the cut once again, the ar­rival of ex­cit­ing new­com­ers is gar­ner­ing at­ten­tion. The minis­eries The Peo­ple v. O.J. Simp­son is nom­i­nated for more Golden Globes than any other TV show, while US sitcom Black-ish and the se­ries At­lanta, which fol­lows the emo­tional hus­tle of a Prince­ton dropout who re­turns home to At­lanta to man­age his rap­per cousin’s ca­reer, have also been ex­ten­sively nom­i­nated.

Naomie Har­ris

Vi­ola Davis

Ma­her­shala Ali

Barry Jenk­ins

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