Supporting Race Still Overcrowded
The HFPA reevaluated some rules this year, but kept some performance categories combined across genres
SOMETIMES THE MORE inclusive an awards category tries to be, the less fair it seems. The Golden Globes categories for supporting actors are catch-alls, separating performers by gender but including comedy and drama series, limited series and television movies. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. tweaked a number of rules for the 2019 awards, including that actors in ensemble series need to be classified all as lead or all as supporting, but it chose not to separate supporting nominees by genre. The HFPA declined to comment for this report as to why they are not reevaluating the categories. This means the competition among supporting players, who provide necessary shadings to production but in very different ways, is much more diverse — and complicated.
“I think there is a differential in all those different areas,” says Eric Lange, who gained 40 pounds to play a cuckolded husband in Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.”“at the same time, a performance is a performance.”
Michael Kelly, who could see a nomi- nation for his work on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” notes that as a dramatic actor, “I know you have never seen me do a pratfall … because I would not be very good at it. [Genres] are all equally challenging. As an actor, it is just different.”
A lot of faith must be put into the voters that they will understand the nuance and complication of each.
“I always think it is valuable to have something be focused because that calls the proper attention to it. When you lump everything together … there is so much choice,” says Judith Light, a potential nominee for FX’S “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” “Limited [choice] makes it very specific and makes it easier for people to vote. … To me what is of great value, and what I would point to as great distinction, is we are now in a place where we can celebrate great distinction.”
The HFPA “for the most part, are tastemakers,” says Lindajo Loftus, an independent awards consultant who handles submissions and consults on strategies. “They brought ‘[The Marvelous] Mrs. Maisel’ to the