Black Excellence is Present in the 2021 Golden Globe Nominations

by Jamila Lizet White

February 3, 2021

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From Chadwick Boseman earning a posthumous award to Regina King being the second Black woman ever to be nominated in the Best Director category: it’s clear that Black excellence managed to find its shimmer in the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations.

Although Variety reported “the overall number of BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and People of Color] nominees in film categories nearly doubled from last year,” social media users are still criticizing the award show for its lack of diversity and failure to nominate Michaela Coel for I May Destroy You, Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors for Lovecraft Country, Uzo Aduba for Mrs. America, and more.

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Black-led ensemble films for the 2021 Golden Globe nominations included Ma Rainey’s Black BottomJudas and the Black MessiahOne Night in Miami, and Da 5 Bloods yet they were completely shut out from the Best Motion Picture categories.

“The Golden Globes, never the most racially attuned bunch, just blanked all of this year’s black-led ensembles in Best Drama,” one Twitter user wrote. While another tweeted, “I say every year that the Golden Globes are a joke and don’t matter but ignoring Delroy Lindo for Da 5 Bloods is just silly.”

One of the most notable snubs was the erasure and failure to acknowledge I May Destroy You, an HBO television series that was created, written, directed, and featured the 33-year-old British native. Fans of the show are shocked that Netflix’s Emily in Paris garnered a nomination from the HFPA yet I May Destroy You wasn’t nominated for a single category.

“Let me try to understand this…,” read one tweet. “Emily in Paris is nominated for a golden globe but I May Destroy You is not…do I have my brain radio tuned to the right frequency…”

The full list of Black 2021 Golden Globe nominees are below:

Soul, Pixar’s first Black lead character voiced by Jamie Foxx, was nominated for Best Motion Animated Picture and Best Original Score. Viola Davis and the late Boseman were nominated for Best Actress and Actor, respectively, in a Drama Motion Picture for Denzel Washington produced Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture was nominated to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah and Leslie Odom, Jr. for One Night in Miami. Odom, Jr. also received a nomination for Best Original Song in a motion picture for “Speak Now” while H.E.R was nominated for “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah.

Andra Day garnered two nominations and joined Davis in the Best Actress in a Drama Motion picture category for the highly anticipated The United States vs. Billie Holiday and Best Original Song alongside Raphel Saadiq. The 5x nominated and 2x Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy Television Series for Black Monday. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television nomination went to John Boyega in Small Axe.

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