Thank You Golden Globes for Acknowledging “Empire”

After the shameful SAG Awards announced yesterday, the Golden Globes has rubbed some slave in the wound with their nominations. A mainstream award finally acknowledged that Empire is here to stay by giving it a nod. Empire is changing the face of TV, and it past time the industry recognized that.

Empire
Empire

Empire aside, this is a much more diverse group of nominees than the SAG Awards. They are still from perfect, for example there are no WOC nominated in ANY of the movie categories, but they are still huge improvement over the SAGs.

WOC did do very well in the TV Categories. Taraji P Henson and Viola Davis both got nods for Leading Actress in a Drama. Queen Latifah is nominated for Bessie for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Gina Rodriguez picked up her second nomination in a row for Lead Actress in a Comedy, the same category she won last year. Uzo Aduba is once again nominated as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for Orange is the New Black. You will recall she won an Emmy for this role. Regina King is also nominated for the role that won her an Emmy for American Crime. Unfortunately the Golden Globes breaks up their categories differently than the Emmys do, so Uzo and Regina are up against each other this time.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Gina Rodriguez, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for 'Jane the Virgin,' poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 11: Actress Gina Rodriguez, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for ‘Jane the Virgin,’ poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

For the carriers of a Y chromosome, Iris Elba repeated his double jeopardy from the SAG awards, once again getting noms for Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Beasts of No Nation and Lead Actor in a Limited TV Series or Movie for Luther. Rami Malek also repeated his SAG award nod, getting a well deserved nom for Mr Robot. Will Smith, who was criminally ignored by the SAGs gets a nod for Lead Actor in Movie (Drama) for Concussion. Aziz Ansari, also ignored by the SAGs, got a nom in the Lead Actor in a Comedy category for Master of None. David Oyelowo was also nominated for Nightingale.

No POC starring movies got a nod, though many felt that Creed should been included. And what’s up with putting The Martin in the comedy category?

TV shows featuring POC in major roles fared much better. As noted, Empire finally got the recognition it has earned. Surprisingly, Mr Robot got a nod as well. Orange is the New Black is again nominated in the Comedy TV Series category. American Crime and American Horror Story: Hotel are both nominated in the Limited Series category. However, I am going to whine and cry over the fact The Wiz! Live did not get a nod.  That show finally got the musical on TV right and it deserved to recognized.

The 73rd Golden Globes Awards will air on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:
Motion picture (drama)

Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Motion picture (comedy)

The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

Actress in a motion picture (drama)

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Actress in a motion picture (comedy)

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Actor in a motion picture (drama)

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Actor in a motion picture (comedy)

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Director

Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Original song

“Love Me Like You Do,” 50 Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love,” Love and Mercy
“See You Again,” Furious 7
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Score

Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, The Revenant

Foreign language film

The Brand New Testament (Belgium / France / Luxembourg)
The Club (Chile)
The Fencer (Finland / Germany / Estonia)
Mustang (France)
Son Of Saul (Hungary)

Animated feature film

Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep Movie

TV series (drama)

Empire
Game of Thrones
Mr. Robot
Narcos
Outlander

TV series (comedy)

Casual
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep

TV movie or miniseries

American Crime
American Horror Story: Hotel
Fargo
Flesh and Bone
Wolf Hall

Actress in a TV series (drama)

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Actress in a TV series (comedy)

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Actor in a TV series (drama)

Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Actor in a TV series (comedy)

Aziz Ansari, Master Of None
Gael García Bernal, Mozart In The Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or TV movie

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or TV movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Actor in a TV movie or limited series

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
Patrick Wilson, Fargo
Idris Elba, Luther
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Actress in a TV movie or limited series

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

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