Diversity is the winner at the Golden Globes
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.