Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Golden Globes, In Search of Diversity, Nominated No Black Actresses in Lead Roles

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The Golden Globes are on trial for lack of diversity. So what did they do? They nominated not a single Black actress in a leading role.

Their most obvious snub was Jennifer Hudson’s committed and soulful performance as Aretha Franklin in “Respect.” She should have been a shoo-in for Best Actress in Musical or Comedy. Hudson’s singing in the movie is beyond compare, and her acting is levels above most of this year’s performances.

Instead, they nominated French actress Marion Cotillard for the dreadful “Annette.” Cotillard’s character is killed off halfway through the movie. A great actress in a forgettable and unwatchable film.

The Hollywood Foreign Press did nominate three Black actors in Lead Drama, and two women in Supporting Drama. They probably figured that was enough. But they owe Hudson an apology immediately. Really shameful.

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Roger Friedman
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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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