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2020 Golden Globe Nominations Once Again Lack Diversity

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Golden Globes Awards sign at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California - Image

As Christmas and New Year’s Eve approaches, so does everyone’s anticipation for the upcoming awards season in Hollywood. The Golden Globes released their list of nominations for 2020, which acknowledged an impressive number of works from Netflix, including “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.”

Congratulatory news aside, however, a closer examination of the entire list as a whole reflects yet another round of nominations that are white and male-dominated. It’s a clear sign that the Hollywood Foreign Press has failed to celebrate other equally impressive works and performances by people of color and women, again. 

Awkwafina and Jennifer Lopez are the actresses representing people of color in the categories of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Music or Comedy and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture, respectively. Joaquin Phoenix and Eddie Murphy were respectively nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy in the men’s categories. 

Nothing about the nomination list is refreshing or surprising as the names continue to echo the familiar pattern of listing names of accomplished white and male individuals in the entertainment industry. 

What about female directors? Had the Golden Globes not even considered Lulu Wang’s memorable direction in her film, “The Farewell”? Or Greta Gerwig’s work on “Little Women”? What about Lorene Scafaria for “Hustlers” or Marielle Heller for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”?

Once again, Hollywood, please step up your game when it comes to diversity and representation. Instead of advancing, your progress receded. You talk the talk on social media and at every glamorous award show, but you’re still only crawling. It’s time to walk the walk.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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