by Ms. Black Hollywood
Golden Globes nominations are in and as always, there are some surprises and some snubs. 2017 was a good year for smaller, indie films. Not so much for big blockbusters. Here are some of the highlights…
Best Performance Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
- Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel Esq.”
Best Performance Actress in Supporting Role
- Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
- Octavia Spencer, “the Shape of Water”
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
- “Mighty River—“Mudbound”
Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
- “black-ish” ABC
Best Performance Actress in a Television Series, Musical Comedy
- Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Best Performance by Actor in a Television Series, Drama
- Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Best Performance by Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
- Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Best Performance Actor in Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
The most disappointing nomination goes to the groundbreaking sleeper hit “Get Out”. The film was included in the category Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. The film did have some comedic moments and lines, but it was hardly a joyous romp meant to evoke riotous laughter. It was a dark, satirical look at racism through the most unusual yet appropriate horror genre. Director Jordan Peele brought to film a smart conversation about race by giving us the brutally honest fear that resides in the hearts and minds of many people subjected to racism.
Peele and the studio submitted the film as a comedy probably aware that was the best category to even have a chance at being nominated. Peele says ” At the end of the day, call “Get Out” horror, comedy, drama, action or documentary, I don’t care. Whatever you call it, just know it’s our truth.”
Peele started his career in comedy on skit shows like “Mad TV” before starring in Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele”. Maybe his vision didn’t translate to the nomination committee as a real commentary that cuts at the heart of racism. To add insult to injury, Peele was snubbed in the director category and “Get Out” was left out of the best screenplay division.
“Get Out” wasn’t the only disappointment. “Mudbound” was a favorite with critics like Ann Hornaday of the Washington post who listed the Netflix film among the best movies of the year. The film didn’t make the cut in the Golden Globes best picture category.
Another big movie at the box-office that didn’t make the Golden Globes cut in any category was one of the biggest hits of the summer, the comedy smash “Girls Trip”. Though the globes usually sway toward dramatic films, it seemed breakout star Tiffany Haddish might get a nod in the supporting actress in a comedy category.
The Golden Globes recognizes excellence in film and TV in the U.S. and other countries as well. The winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association(HFPA) which is made up of a much smaller contingent than the Academy of Motion Picture which determines the Oscars. A total of 93 HFPA members will choose the winners in each category for the 75th Golden Globes ceremony airing January 7 on NBC.