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By Greg B.
Sunday Night’s Golden Globes taught me a valuable lesson, next time go to sleep. I stayed up all night to see just one African American win a Golden Globe and was rewarded at the end when 12 Years a Slave won for best motion picture, drama. Outside of that there was none, a few nomination but no Golden Globes.
Despite the fact that many African American were nominated for awards, we didn’t see any excluding the aforementioned, cross the stage. I’m sure you all saw Idris Elba sitting idly by as his white counterparts rushed the stage to be rewarded, for in my opinion; less than stellar work.
Additionally, the star of the movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor was snubbed, and yes, I call him the star regardless of the countless Brad Pitt posters in circulation. However it was not a fruitful night for the chocolate skin, including darling Kerry Washington who was nominated for her role as Olivia Pope, which shocked many on Twitter, and I’m sure elsewhere.
With all the great black cinema we were treated to, it is a shame that Hollywood failed to recognize the exquisite artistry that those actors embodied.
In aggregate, the categories where 12 Years a Slave was a contender, we saw a different outcome;
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE WINNER:
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruel, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
12 Years A Slave
Chime in, do you believe African American actors and actresses were snubbed or their counterparts had better films?