The Golden Globes Reiterated Why People Have Stopped Watching the Award Shows

Ricky Gervais began the night off with a searing, wince-worthy opening monologue that contradicted the Hollywood elite and started the evening off with a bang. It would turn out to be the best portion of the award show–the three-hour-long award show that dragged on into the late night in a boring sludge of overly long speeches and expected wins.

Five years ago, The Academy’s choice of nominees for the Oscars birthed what would become the now-iconic hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. It jarred The Academy into trying to make a difference after the fierce outrage and after the last few years, it seemed that maybe things were actually beginning to change.

Last year was one of the most diverse yet at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actor Guild Awards with films like Black PantherBlackkklansman, and Green Book garnering immense praise and nagging awards. At the Oscars, history was made for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design as African-American women took home the prize for these categories for the first time ever.

It was a truly beautiful thing seeing so many people of color winning awards; Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and the list keeps going. But this year’s award season seems to have devolved right back into the old ways of Hollywood in a clear lack of diversity that is anything but disconcerting.

Last night, during the Golden Globes it was shocking to see just how one-sided the awards show was. Yes, Awkwafina took home a Golden Globe, Sam Mendes would end up winning for Best Director and his film would take home Best Motion Picture, Drama, and Bong Joon-Ho would expectedly win for Best Foreign Film, but that was it.

The Hollywood Foreign Press tried to make us forget how lily-white the awards were by having a few specks of chocolate (and two specks of caramel, Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek) in the roaring tempest of vanilla but the disparity was legitimate and it was disheartening.

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So much progress has been sought in Hollywood to highlight more diversity, more women in positions of power in front of and behind the camera, making Hildur Guðnadóttir’s win for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture heartening.

She made a heck of a score for Joker which I listened to yesterday and was immediately impressed by. But that was honestly the only highlight of the night.

Everyone you’d expect to win did indeed win. Missing Link would end up nabbing the award for Best Animated Film, a startling slap to the face of anyone who watched Toy Story 4 or Frozen 2 and knew for a fact those were better films. In fact, Missing Link has an 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 67% score from the audience. Compare that to Toy Story 4‘s score which gained a whopping 97% critic score and an equally impressive 94% audience score and it becomes more apparent that Missing Link getting chosen for Best Animated Film was not right on any level.

All in all, this year’s Golden Globe Awards were some of the worst in years. Unfortunately, the Oscars won’t be much better but I’ll still watch it because I love it so much. Maybe the internet will pipe up in the next month with the sequel to the #OscarsSoWhite narrative with this year’s new chant for equality in the award season led by a new hashtag, #OscarsSoWhiteAgain.

I’m just hoping that there will be several movies this year that can slip through the cracks and deliver more diversity to the award season of 2021.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

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