Golden Globes nominations represent Hollywood’s new shift toward diversity

For a long time, the actors of color in Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday night domination were almost the only ones nominated during award season. Every year you knew Kerry Washington would be nominated for Scandal, then along came Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder. Next, Hollywood finally recognized the incomparable talent of Regina King for American Crime, and the nominees of color spread like a wildfire. Monday morning, the 74th annual Golden Globes nominations rolled in with a mighty but deserved nod to the people of color who created some of the year’s best work in TV and film.

This time, the industry couldn’t ignore new shows like Atlanta and Insecure that not only trended every week in their time slot, but were also well done in portraying black people detached from a white gaze. In these shows — better than most on TV — black folks were allowed to be human. Issa Rae and Donald Glover are both nominated in acting categories in the respective shows they created. On the film front, the stars of Moonlight (Mahershala Ali and Naomi Harris), Hidden Figures (Octavia Spencer), Loving (Ruth Negga), Lion (Dev Patel) and Fences (Viola Davis and Denzel Washington) are nominated in some of the top categories.

Award season regulars like Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Tracee Elliss Ross (black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Kerry Washington (Confirmation) are nominated for their performances. Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance are nominated in separate categories for their work on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In a welcome surprise, Thandie Newton is nominated for her work on Westworld and Gael García Bernal for Mozart in the Jungle.

Moonlight, helmed as one of the year’s best films, received a number of nominations, including a nod for the film’s director Barry Jenkins with a nomination for Best Director. One filmmaker gravely missed this year is Ava DuVernay for Queen Sugar. Queen Sugar, in my humble opinion, is the best drama on television, followed by This Is Us in close second. OWN’s Greenleaf is also missing from the award season this year and shouldn’t be. Lynn Whitfield and Keith David gave some gut-wrenching, moving performances.

None of us should be in the habit of handing out pats on the back for predominantly white institutions doing what they should’ve done all along by nominating (and awarding) creators and artists of color for their incredible work. But we’re excited to see new, deserving black and brown faces being recognized. This year’s best shows and films starred people of color. The Golden Globes seems to know this and decided ignoring them would not suffice.

Below is a list of the categories people of color were nominated in.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen –  Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Gael García Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Nick Nolte – Graves
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Tracee Ellis-Ross – black-ish

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Sterling K Brown – The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All The Way
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Sarah Paulson – The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game Of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This Is Us
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Check here for a full list of the Golden Globes 2017 nominations.