Saturday, April 20, 2024

Golden Globes White Night: 4 Black Presenters Out of 50


The Golden Globes don’t like black people too much. Yes, they gave “12 Years a Slave” Best Picture (Drama). But they passed over the director, Steve McQueen, and the two stars, Chiwetel Ejiofor. They also passed entirely over The Butler, Fruitvale Station, and Mandela. On top of that, from over 50 presenters, only three were black. Two were musical performers and not even actors (although Sean Combs and Usher have acted).

If I were the NAACP or any black group, I’d be horrified. Not only were plenty of black actors in the house– Idris Elba, Lupita Nyongo, Ejiofor among them just in movies and plenty more from TV– there’s a world of black actors and actresses in town famous enough to present an award on a network show. Shame on them. NBC should know better, too. How does this go on and on? Outrageous. Wasn’t this supposed to be the year of the black movie?

Here’s the list. Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee also presented.

Ben Affleck
Drew Barrymore
Kate Beckinsale
Orlando Bloom
Sandra Bullock
Jim Carrey
Jessica Chastain
Emilia Clarke
Sean Combs
Matt Damon
Leonardo DiCaprio
Aaron Eckhart
Chris Evans
Amber Heard
Jonah Hill
Taylor Kinney
Niki Lauda
Paula Patton
Chris Pine
Zoe Saldana
Jesse Spencer
Emma Stone
Emma Thompson
Christoph Waltz
Kevin Bacon
Julie Bowen
Laura Dern
Robert Downey Jr.
Jimmy Fallon
Colin Farrell
Tom Hanks
Chris Hemsworth
Mila Kunis
Jennifer Lawrence
Melissa McCarthy
Seth Meyers
Liam Neeson
Chris O’Donnell
Margot Robbie
Mark Ruffalo
Kyra Sedgwick
Channing Tatum
Uma Thurman
Emma Watson
Naomi Watts
Olivia Wilde
Reese Witherspoon

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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