Black Hollywood is prepared to shine at tonight’s 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., where Kevin Hart is scheduled to be among several presenters.
Ava DuVernay, who directed the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma and is the first black woman to be nominated for a best director Golden Globe, is among the black nominees. So is Selma star David Oyelowo, who was nominated for Best Actor, Drama, for his work in the Paramount film about the civil rights marches of Selma, Ala.
“All I was thinking in my heart, truly, was ‘Please, just David, just David,’” DuVernay told the Hollywood Reporter about nomination-day announcements. “This man put every ounce of his heart and spirit and mind, every piece of his DNA, into this picture. That’s all I wanted.”
Selma, released nationwide on Friday, finished second in box office sales, earning an estimated $3.7 million, according to The Wrap. The film is also an Oscar contender.
DuVernay and Oyelowo may not be the only wins for black Hollywood. Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her role in the Annie remake. Viola Davis received a nod for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for her role in How to Get Away With Murder. Don Cheadle is up for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his role in House of Lies. In addition, Uzo Aduba was nominated for her role in Orange Is the New Black in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie category.