By Nathalia Arevalo
The Golden Globes, an annual award show recognizing outstanding achievement in film and television, aired on January 6, 2019. In the midst of all new films, shows and nominees, there was one other new factor at the Beverly Hilton where it all took place. For once, diversity was all around the ceremony. Typically award shows in any subject like the Oscars or the Golden Globes for years have lacked recognition for films/television shows featuring a lead role played by a person of color. In recent years, they have received backlash for the lack of diversity and finally seem to be listening.76th Golden Globe nominees. From left and right: Constance Wu, Idris Elba, Donald Glover and Rami Malek.
Out of five nominees for the category Best Motion Picture – Drama, four featured roles were played by actors of color, and even the winner Bohemian Rhapsody, played by Rami Malek, son of Egyptian immigrant parents. During the opening monologue, host Sandra Oh mentioned the mainstream success of movies such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” that would previously have been ignored. “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because — because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change.” Oh sharing a heartfelt moment when talking about her decision in hosting the award show. After winning lead actress in a TV series for her role in “Killing Eve”, Sandra Oh acknowledged her heritage when she told her parents that she loves them and bowed to them respectfully from the stage in Korean. Although The Golden Globes did better in recognizing more diverse movies, they still need improvement in other areas. In the category Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, only includes one woman and two people of color.