On January 6, 2019, the 76th Annual Golden Globes was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The Golden Globes was host to several milestones in the acting community this year—from Darren Criss being the first Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe to Sandra Oh being the first to win “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series” in 38 years and the first Asian person to host.
In 2018, Hollywood continued to make room for the untold stories and unseen characters on the big screen. It was quite a year for diversity and inclusion in the film industry, with the release of groundbreaking and record-setting films, Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, and If Beale Street Could Talk. These movies featured stories of different races and cultures other than whites which there was an absences of in the world. All these films were up against each other for the title of “Best Motion Picture” and while there was about the previous films being beat out by Bohemian Rhapsody, a motion picture featuring a white cast, the winning film itself displayed Hollywood’s attempt to be more inclusive in the stories they told this year by telling the story of Freddie Mercury.
Previously, in all forms of media, there has been a lack of representation until recently has this issue been remedied ever so slightly. Before any change is to take place people must recognize the absence of people of color in the media and that is exactly what happened this year.
People were tired of having movies and television shows feature only white figures and they took a stand. During Regina King’s acceptance speech for “best supporting actress in a motion picture” she commented on how If Beale Street Could Talk “[gave] us a film that my son said to me when he saw it, that it was the first time he really saw himself.” It is important for everyone to feel represented in media and entertainment because theses platforms have the ability to reach a vast number of people in many different places. Media and Entertainment dictate the norms and are most people’s main source of information so it is crucial that those industries take great effort and care into making sure that the film industry represents everyone and everything, not just one aspect of life.
When talking to some members of the City and Country community about the topic of diversity in the golden Globes, here is what they had to say about the Golden Globes. “I heard a lot this year about a lot of boundaries being broken by a lot of different groups and as the years progress more and more boundaries are being broken,” said Roly Levy, “Before Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians I hadn’t seen many blockbusters that had been predominantly one race other than whites be made as well as the films that were released this year.” While many members of the C&C community were happy that the Golden Globes were diversifying their nominees, some members felt their efforts in inclusion were a bit excessive. “They tried too hard to make it diverse. I know diversity is a big thing nowadays but people who win a golden globe should earn it not just be handed one because they are diverse,” said Hanna Kenyatta.“I feel like that’s what happened in the 2019 Golden Globes. While being diverse is important and greatly appreciated, you need to make sure that you don’t become to consumed with the idea of diversity. In my opinion the reason films were chosen was simply because they featured diverse cast. Last year the winners I watched most of the movies that won were predominantly white and the extreme contrast between the winners last year and the winners this year is obvious. and they were not nearly as well done as some of the other nominees.” While it is interesting to look at the Golden Globes from this angle it is still important to note that all the previous Golden Globes and award shows featured a predominantly white group of nominees and winners. Overall, regardless of your opinion on the 2019 Golden Globes, there were not only record-setting, but they included were revolutionary films that changed the norms for Hollywood forever.