Golden Globes Have Four Black Winners

  • Written by Ron Wynn
  • Published on 4th March 2021
The late Chadwick Boseman was one of four Black winners during Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, the first time since 2007 that there have been multiple Black winners in the film category. Photo: David Lee/Netflix.
  • Having recently being criticised for having no black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), four of the winners of the Golden Globes this year were four black actors/ actresses. Three of these actors won in the film categories, which is the first time in fourteen years that this has taken place.
  • Daniel Kaluuya won the supporting film actor award in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’. John Boyega won an award for supporting television actor in the series ‘Black Axe’, which was directed by Steve McQueen. Chadwick Boseman, who recently passed away, posthumously won an award for lead actor in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’. Andra Day won the Golden Globes award for lead actress in ‘The United States Versus Billie Holiday’. Day is the second black woman in history to win this award. These results tied with the 2007 Golden Globes, where the most awards were given to actors/actresses of colour for the first time in history.
  • Also, Chloé Zhao, a filmmaker, won the award for best director in ‘Nomadland’ and become the first Asian woman and the second woman in history to win this award. In addition, her film won an award for best Drama Motion Picture. The film ‘Soul’ won the award for best animation motion film, which was co-directed by Black director Kemp Powers and co-composer Jon Batiste.
  • This result is an improvement from last year when only two people of colour won awards. Awkwafina in ‘The Farewell’ who won best actress in a musical or comedy, and Ramy Youssef, who won best actor in a musical or comedy in the show ‘Ramy’. The HFPA is a non-profit organization, where 87 journalists vote for the winners of the Golden Globes awards. Although this organization has members of colour, these do not include African Americans or Black people from other nationalities.
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