A (Too) Short List of All the Black Golden Globe Nominees to Root For

Issa Rae (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)
Issa Rae (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

Welcome to my Caucasian home, said the Golden Globes this morning, before flooding us with the sort of nominations list that would have you convinced it was still snowing—all over your computer screen.


After a high-water mark for diversity last year, when the Golden Globes (aka a drunker, sloppier Oscars) nominated a bevy of black excellence (Atlanta, Hidden Figures, Tracee Ellis Ross being Tracee Ellis Ross, Moonlight, Viola Davis being Viola Davis), pickings are noticeably slimmer this year.

There were several notable snubs. Get Out director Jordan Peele was not nominated for Best Director, but another one is the exclusion of the genre-bending Get Out for Best Original Screenplay, a nomination that some industry experts are predicting is Peele’s best shot at winning an Oscar for the blockbuster film.

Nor was a single female director nominated, even though several women helmed critical and commercial successes this year—Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) among them. And Lord knows, unless it’s Ava DuVernay (Wrinkle in Time, soon come!), these award shows won’t even deign to look a black female director’s way.

In the spirit of Issa Rae, who is now a two-time Golden Globe nominee, here are all the black people you can root for come Jan. 7, when the Golden Globes show will be broadcast (you can view the complete list at the Los Angeles Times):

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy


Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy 

Issa Rae, Insecure

Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy 

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama 

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture 

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama 

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 

Get Out

If you wanted to pull for other people of color, the list is shamefully slim. Aziz Ansari was the only Asian actor recognized for television, receiving a nod for his performance in Master of None. The show also received a nomination for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy. Only one Asian actor was nominated in the film categories: Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau in the sci-fi film Downsizing. Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, which focused on the Cambodian genocide by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, was also honored for Best Foreign Language Film.


Director Guillermo del Toro is the sole Latino nominee, period, for his film The Shape of Water. The Disney/Pixar animated film Coco, which centers on Mexican characters, culture and folklore, also received a nod for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song.

Staff writer, The Root.



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