How The Golden Globes Disrespected Black Hollywood

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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;


Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyongo, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska


Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Daniel Bruel, Rush

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club


WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O. Russell, American Hustle





12 Years A Slave

American Hustle

Chime in, do you believe African American actors and actresses were snubbed or their counterparts had better films?


Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter @love2edify.

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