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2009 Golden Globe Noms Lack Diversity

December 13, 2008
Token?

Token?

Nominations for the 66th Annual Golden Globes were announced yesterday and surprisingly (or not) performance nods by African Americans were underrepresented.  What?  No love for Meet Dave

With the exception of Blair Underwood’s nomination  as Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his role in HBO’s In Treatment and Beyonce’s contribution to Best Original Song in Cadillac Records there is not a Black face to be found on the nomination list.  And, like Santa, I checked it twice. 

Latino actors  America Ferrera, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz were nominated respectively for their roles in Ugly Betty and Vicky Christina Barcelona and Indian music director, A.R. Rahman was nominated for Best Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire.  Great.  That brings the Brown Face count up to five.  FIVE!!!

But seriously, WTF?  I expected Hancock and Traitor  to be overlooked by the Hollywood Foreign Press but not The Secret Life of Bees.  No best screenplay?  I know it’s not a category but no best ensemble cast?  Nothing? 

I’m not saying that the powers that be should nominate Brown folks just for the sake of doing so but really, this is getting to be a bit ridiculous.  Tom Cruise as Best Supporting Actor in Tropic Thunder? And scene.

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