The 2017 Golden Globes aired this Sunday, recognizing the best performances TV and film have seen this year. High hopes hung for fan favorites “Atlanta”, “Insecure”, and the transcendent film “Moonlight”, which made us all slightly scared for nominees of color. I mean… award shows don’t usually work in our favor, do they?
It’s no secret that actors, actresses, and films of color are often overlooked and under appreciated during awards season, leaving us all feeling a little discouraged. We watch expecting snub after snub after snub, year after year after year. Luckily the exact opposite happened this time around, and people of color stole the show. Here’s how:
Tracee Ellis Ross Inspires Us
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 9, 2017
The “Blackish” leading lady took home the award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Rainbow Johnson. Upon receiving her Golden Globe, she delivered a touching speech that shed a light on people of color:
“This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”
Atlanta Wins Big
Actor/Rapper/Comedian/Executive Producer/Everything Else Amazing Donald Glover won big for his show “Atlanta”. He took home the award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical as well as Best TV Series Comedy or Musical. During his first acceptance speech, he iconically thanked the people of Atlanta and Migos for dropping “Bad and Bougie.”
— MIGOS™ (@Migos) January 9, 2017
The Only Time We Can Applaud OJ
This captivating story of the famous OJ Simpson trial became our favorite thing to watch, led by outstanding performances by Sterling K. Brown, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Courtney B. Vance. The drama took home Best TV Movie or Mini Series
Although we felt the shade thrown against Moonlight during the ceremony, we were ecstatic to see the production take home one of the biggest awards of the night. The cast and crew won Best Drama Motion Picture, continuing to promote the film’s amazingly moving story of queer, black manhood.