2017 Golden Globe Nominees: Great Year for Diversity in Hollywood!

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2017 Golden Globe Nominees: Great Year for Diversity in Hollywood!

Golden Globe Nominations 2017, Golden Globes, Hollywood, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Kerri Washington, Octavia Spencer

For an ongoing period of time the lack of racial diversity in the year’s most revered films was a major controversy. The academy awards was so notorious for this that “Oscars so white” became a running gag.
I mean, let’s just be honest. Many nominations of the past couple years were filled with white actors, white producers, etc. There were different people of different colors but it wasn’t much of a thing.

Until this year!

I say with great personal joy that 2016 has stepped it up, with movies like Fences, Moonlight, and Hidden Figures. These movies are on the nominations list for the Golden Globes, and so are many non-white entertainment figures who were involved with them.

Among the highlights in movies this year are the nominations for Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali and Dev Patel. In TV, an equally diverse roster of nominees features Courtney B. Vance, Thandie Newton, Kerri Washington, Riz Ahmed and Issa Rae among others.

Actor Mahershala Ali (nominated for his lead role in “Moonlight”) described it all perfectly: “I think there is a lot of terrific work this year. What Dev Patel does in “Lion” and of course “Loving” and “Fences”… The field is definitely more diverse this year around. I just hope that that’s something that is the norm moving forward, where there are people from all walks of life and different cultures and communities being represented up there on screen, and their work being appreciated and recognized.”- (Los Angeles Times).

This promises us a great future for the industry and for our culture in these difficult times. A future where true diversity becomes the norm, and where we overcome all the barriers of prejudice in the world’s greatest entertainment culture.

Article by Sam Silber

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