Golden Globes 2017: Black Hollywood Rules

A great number of viewers tuned into the 74th Annual Golden Globes Awards on Sunday evening as Hollywood's finest graced the red carpet.

After a previous absence of diversity in both the Golden Globes and the Oscars with the appearance of hashtag #OscarsSoWhite bursting the web, both associations opened the discourse for more diversity among their ranks. Members of the Hollywood Remote Press submitted and counted ballots, prompting to the greatest film night of the year — the Oscars on Feb. 26.

For those disillusioned by the absence of African-Americans among the nominees, Sunday’s show compensated for it. Black Hollywood ruled as TV shows, for example, Atlanta, Blackish, Insecure and This is Us were nominated. Widely praised movies, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Fences’, ‘Loving’ and ‘Moonlight’ held their ground in addition to ‘La La Land,’ which highlighted a co-featuring part by Executive Producer John Legend.

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The cast and crew of ‘Moonlight’ pose with the award for best motion picture-drama at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture l-r: Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Barry Jenkins, Ashton Sanders, Janelle Monae, and Mahershala Ali.

The frustration of many ‘Fences’ viewers can sincerely say Denzel Washington should have walked out with the Golden Globes in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture category. However, Casey Affleck won in ‘Manchester By the Sea’.

The Black ladies reigned as we cheered for Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Viola Davis, who won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

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Viola Davis with the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for ‘Fences’. She recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

This is the time of Mahershala Ali up for Best Performance Supporting for ‘Moonlight,’ was defeated by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals). His execution in the indie film added to his remarkable collection of work — Hidden Figures, Luke Cage and House of Cards has earned him a strong following crossing over cultural lines.

Barry Jenkins, screenwriter and director of ‘Moonlight,’ was nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture. The musical La La Land got both awards, however, Jenkins and the cast of “Moonlight” got the last word when they got the award for Best Motion Picture.

New heroes made numerous trips to the stage, for example, Danny Glover, known as Childish Gambino, for the hit FX comedy ‘Atlanta’. The hip-hop star won Best Male in a Television Series and Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Tracee Ellis Ross looked astonished when her name was called for Best Female in a Television Musical or Comedy series. The daughter of Diana Ross has cut out a niche as one of the best comedic performing artists in Hollywood, starring in ABC’s ‘Blackish’ for a third season.

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Star of hit FX television show, ‘Atlanta’, Danny Glover aka Childish Gambino at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards.

In spite of the fact that we felt Angela Bassett cringe when her husband, the gifted Courtney B. Vance, was not given the Best Actor in a Limited Series for his stellar performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story, the ensemble cast won for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. We cheered for Scandal’s Kerry Washington, who lost to Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) for Best Actress in the same category.

New shows at the pre-Oscar barometer included Netflix favorite ‘The Crown’, HBO television thriller ‘West World’ and NBC’s breakout drama, ‘This is Us.’

One thing that the Hollywood Foreign Press managed to do was recognizing that #BlackTalentMatters. For the first time, social media were filled by engagement on Black Twitter and Facebook as categories were announced, people were nominated and acceptance speeches were spoken.

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The “minority” nominees of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards

The influence of African-American culture was sprinkled throughout the show. We believe, it must be more than just “sprinkled.” It must be a “shower” of our influence, talent and work recognized and celebrated.

To see the beautiful Black and brown faces flash across our screens from Issa Rae, Pharrell, Anthony Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Sterling K. Brown, Zoe Saldana to Janelle Monae, it felt more than ”inspiring.” It felt satisfying.

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