Story highlights Choosing to once again ignore representation for women and people of color at awards time, a slew of nominations from the Golden Globes weren’t enough to mute the #OscarsSoWhite scandal.
Have you caught wind of the list of nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards and known exactly what to expect?
Well, not exactly. The actual number of Golden Globe nominations (or nominees) may have been significantly larger than expected. There was a rather large outcry in the Hollywood community when last year’s nominees included zero women of color. Of the 2016 lead actors nominated, not one was black, which only had 12 nominations total.
Part of the reason why the NAACP Image Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards have led the way in bringing diversity to Hollywood has to do with the Globe’s own diversity issues. In January 2015, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that it would no longer disclose its gender or race of its members because of current US federal equality laws. But in September of last year, representatives from the HFPA reached out to one of the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the group after CFO Dr. Miriam Adelson spoke out publicly in favor of diversity.
As such, much of the anti-HFPA sentiment over inclusion and diversity also started to make a comeback, including NBC’s Frances Berwick, who was quoted telling The Hollywood Reporter that the organization would hold a third discussion about diversity in June.
While it’s uncertain how HFPA will handle the diversity issue in the future (one thing’s for sure: nominations this year weren’t enough), the HFPA did still make a bold move when it said it would no longer issue guest lists for the awards ceremony. The decision was made in an effort to make room for more socially conscious Golden Globe movies and programs.
A look at the 73rd Golden Globe Award nominations in 2019 shows that those moves were largely made in vain. The top five nominated movies — “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “A Star Is Born” and “Roma” — were directed by white men. Of the three newcomers that made the list, two had no female director on the official submission. While women had a bit of representation at the show, the nominees for both lead actor and supporting actor in a motion picture were all white men.
In a December press release, HFPA President Meher Tatna says the organization is “proud of these diverse selections,” but also adds that nominees don’t reflect the HFPA itself. For example, Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” didn’t gain any Globe nominations despite being the Netflix original show among some of the movies nominated. That’s because the HFPA’s special committees do not award “exclusive membership within the film industry.”
The nominations also had a few snubs that made headlines (or got ignored completely). Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” was largely praised. However, he was left off the best actor in a motion picture – drama shortlist. Malek’s co-star, Rami Malek, did earn a nomination for best supporting actor. Similarly, Glenn Close was snubbed for her performance in “The Wife.” When the Golden Globes were announced, Close tweeted about her disappointment in not getting nominated, writing, “Unfortunate evening. Thank you to HFPA for having me and I’m honored to have your support.”
And lastly, “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly was absent from the race for best director, which meant that Spike Lee, who left the Golden Globes empty-handed last year, walked away with a nom. In his previous nominations, Lee was nominated for “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X.”
But there were some surprises, including a nomination for Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, who plays a rock singer in the “A Star Is Born” movie. “Lady Gaga” beat the three Academy Award-nominated actors from “Black Panther” and scored two Golden Globe nominations: best original song for “Shallow” and best performance by an actress in a motion picture drama for her role.
Looking forward to next year’s Golden Globes? We can definitely say that a nomination for film director Spike Lee wasn’t totally unfathomable. But it’s also safe to say there are plenty of people from underrepresented communities who are probably hoping this year’s Oscars saw a more diverse list of nominees.
Editors’ pick: Originally published December 2018.