Milestones for film with Golden Globes nominations, but TV nods show stunning lack of diversity
This year’s Golden Globe nominations showed progress toward diversity and inclusion when it came to the film nominees – but the same can’t be said for television.
Three female directors scored Golden Globe nominations, two of whom are women of color: Regina King (“One Night in Miami”), Chloe Zhao (“Nomandland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”). It's the first time a woman has been nominated for best director since 2014, and previously no more than one woman had been nominated in a given year.
Many actors of color scored acting nominations, including Dev Patel, who is nominated for "The Personal History of David Copperfield." Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) are competing for best actress in a drama, and Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and the late Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey") for best actor in a drama.
It’s clear that Hollywood got the message about honoring more diversity and inclusion in film – but in the process failed to give television the same treatment.
It's important to note the Emmy Awards are a more significant barometer for television acclaim than the Globes, which are the first major nominations of awards season for film.The industry views the Globes as less pivotal for TV as they don't have an impact on a winning show's longevity or success. Still, the Globes offered up a blindingly white slew of TV nominees, which is hard to ignore, no matter the significance of the awards show itself.
Across all TV categories, only two Black actors were nominated (Don Cheadle for “Black Monday” and John Boyega for “Small Axe”) and zero Black actresses earned nods, despite critical acclaim for performances such as Michaela Coel in “I May Destroy You” and Uzo Aduba in “Mrs. America.” Mahershala Ali failed to earn a nod for "Ramy," and while "Lovecraft Country" is in the running for best drama series, its Black actors weren't recognized. "Never Have I Ever," featuring many Indian actors, failed to gain nominations, as did "Insecure" and "Bridgerton."
There was room for improvement with the film nominees as well in terms of inclusion. The supporting actress category was entirely white, and there was no love for “Da 5 Bloods” nor the supporting actors of “Ma Rainey.” Lin-Manuel Miranda was the only actor nominated for “Hamilton,” which featured an incredibly diverse cast. No one from "Minari" made it into any acting categories, and "One Night in Miami" underperformed with no nominations for best drama nor actor Kingsley Ben-Adir. "Judas and the Black Messiah" saw a nod for Daniel Kaluuya but no best drama nod either.
Golden Globes nominations are always full of shocks and surprises. Two nominations for Sia’s much-maligned film "Music?" A James Corden nomination for "The Prom?" All the love for "Emily in Paris?"
The Globes, however, could have gone the other way and honored deserving actors of color instead across film and television.
Contributing: Anika Reed and Kelly Lawler