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A (Too) Short List of All the Black Golden Globe Nominees to Root For

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Welcome to my Caucasian home, said the Golden Globes this morning, before flooding us with the sort of nominations list that would have you convinced it was still snowing—all over your computer screen.

After a high-water mark for diversity last year, where the Golden Globes (aka a drunker, sloppier Oscars) nominated a bevy of black excellence (Atlanta, Hidden Figures, Tracee Ellis Ross being Tracee Ellis Ross, Moonlight, Viola Davis being Viola Davis), pickings are noticeably slimmer this year.

There were several noticeable snubs. Get Out director Jordan Peele was not nominated for Best Director, but another notable snub is excluding the genre-bending Get Out for Best Original Screenplay, a nomination some industry experts are predicting is Peele’s best shot at winning an Oscar for the blockbuster film.

Nor was a single female director nominated, despite several women helming critical and commercial successes this year—Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) among them. And lord knows, unless it’s Ava DuVernay (Wrinkle in Time soon come!), these award shows won’t even deign to look a black female director’s way.

In the spirit of Issa Rae, who is now a two-time Golden Globe nominee, here are all the black people you can root for come January 7, when the Golden Globes show is broadcast:

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Black-ish (Television series, musical or comedy)

Actress in a television series, musical or comedy

  • Issa Rae, Insecure

Actor in a television series, musical or comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Actor in a television series, drama

  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Supporting Actress in any motion picture

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Actor in a motion picture, drama

  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Get Out

If you wanted to pull for other people of color, the list is shamefully slim. Aziz Ansari was the only Asian actor recognized for television, receiving a nod for his performance in Master of None. The show also received a nomination for best television musical or comedy. Only one Asian actor was nominated in the film categories: Vietnamese American actress Hong Chau in the sci-fi film, Downsizing. Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, which focused on the Cambodian genocide by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, was also honored in the best picture category.

Director Guillermo del Toro is the sole Latino nominee, period, for his film The Shape of Water. The Disney/Pixar animated film, Coco, which centers around Mexican characters, culture and folklore also received a nod for best animated film and best original song.

View the complete list at the Los Angeles Times.


Anne Branigin, The Root

News fellow and self-identified hater with a heart of gold.


  • Bilal and The Roots didn’t get a nomination for their song? It Ain’t Fair, literally

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