by TRN Writers,
If you’re Courtney Vance, Sterling K. Brown, John Travolta or any of the cast members of “The People v O.J. Simpson” then this year’s Golden Globes nominations delivered a natural high. The limited TV series scored five Globe noms lofting it into the top nominated spot in this year’s competition. Also celebrating are Tracee Ellis Ross who’s up for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for her role on on “Black-ish”. The ABC sitcom also garnered two other nominations.
FX’s new show starring Donald Glover as a Princeton University drop out trying to make a name for himself in the rap game on the coattails of his talented cousin has earned critical praise and now the Golden Globes is in agreement. “Atlanta” joins “Black-ish” in the “Best Comedy or Musical Series “category and Glover, the creator behind the hit show, is also up for “Best Actor in a Comedy Series” along with “Black-ish” co-star Anthony Anderson.
On the ladies’ side, Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) is going up against another TV series newbie Issa Rae who stars in HBO’s “Insecure” in the “Best Actress in a Comedy Series”. Meanwhile, Kerry Washington is up for the “Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series for her role as Anita Hill in the scandal that arose during the supreme court appointment hearings of Clarence Thomas in “Confirmation”.
Other nominees include “Best Supporting Actor in a Series, TV Movie or Limited Series” nominee Sterling K. Brown (“The People v O.J.Simpson) and Thandie Newton in the female category for her work on HBO’s break out hit, “Westworld”.
Those are the happy actors who made the cut this year. And then there are actors like 50 Cent who says his STARZ show “Power” was snubbed. The rapper, actor and producer took his beef to the people and posting on IG, the Globes “can suck a d***”. Fifty has always been willing to take on anybody (especially “Empire” star Tariji P. Henson) who dared utter any harmful words about the show that he not only executive produces, but also stars in as the character Kanan. Fifty also said in his Globes rant, “ I accept my series POWER was not intended to be a signature show for the network but it is the highest rated show. I know my audience very well, I’m done promoting this out side of contractual obligations. SEASON 4 KANAN MUST DIE, I got other s**t to do.” The rapper then punctuated his post the hashtag “#EFFENVODKA“.
The suits over at STARZ were forced to do a little collateral damage control and try to mop up after Fifty’s angry post by releasing a more delicately worded statement saying, “We certainly think this exceptional show has been overlooked by various awards committees, but the fans have made it the second most watched show on premium cable in 2016…and those are accolades that mean just as much if not more.”—Obviously not to Fifty.
Actors, musicians, producers and entertainment professionals often, not always, make a ton of money. At some point, like years of being in the business, you would think the artists can find some solace in just producing good work and like the STARZ suits said, be grateful for the fans who support you. To hang your worth on awards and nominations as if that certifies your show or song as being worthy is pretty immature. It’s letting others define and control you.
Fifty’s threat to kill off his character was drama at its best. Perhaps he should check out “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones” or “Westworld” and see that just because you’re a primary character in the story doesn’t mean you can’t be killed off. And judging from these other hit shows, killing off a primary character might boost your ratings.
What do you think…is Fifty becoming more famous for his temper tantrums than for his acting or rapping?