The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced today, and several of the nominees are black. While there’s always room for more inclusivity an diversity, at least this awards season is off to a good start.
Mary J. Blige was nominated in two categories, both for her critically acclaimed performance in Dee Rees’ film Mudbound, currently streaming on Netflix and in select theaters. Blige was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and Best Original Song for “Mighty River” with Raphael Saadiq.
Octavia Spencer was also nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro, which received seven nominations.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes’ Foreign Press voters honor notable works in both television and film. Issa Rae garnered her first nomination as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Television Series for Insecure, a hit show she writes and created on HBO.
Meanwhile, Anthony Anderson received a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Television Series for his role on black-ish. The ABC comedy, which also stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi and Jenifer Lewis, was nominated for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy.
In a strange twist, the social horror flick Get Out was nominated for the Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy category. While the film certainly has humorous scenes, we wouldn’t consider it a comedy. We’re sure, however, that director and writer Jordan Peele isn’t complaining. The Golden Globes often signal which films will receive an Oscar nomination. Get Out’s lead, Daniel Kaluuya, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Denzel Washington and Ronald K. Brown also received Golden Globe nods for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for This is Us, respectively.