The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning, and several Black stars were recognized.
All eyes were on Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’ coming of age film, which just won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. The film garnered a total of 6 nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Original Score, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. Two of the film’s stars, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali, were also recognized for Best Supporting Actress and Actor in a drama.
While Fences, Hidden Figures, and Loving were snubbed, its stars were still recognized. Denzel Washington was honored in the Best Supporting Actor (Drama) category, Rutha Negga received a nom for Best Actress (Drama), and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer grabbed Best Supporting Actress nods.
After the nominations were announced, Negga issued a statement, saying she was “profoundly grateful for the recognition.”
“I am humbled to be in the company of all of these extraordinary, talented, and powerful women. It has been such a gift to share Mildred and Richard Loving’s important story with the world,” the actress said. “I share this honor with my partner in the film, Joel Edgerton, our incredible director Jeff Nichols and everyone involved in bringing Loving to life.”
On the TV side, Black-ish and Atlanta were nominated for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy), and Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Donald Glover, and Issa Rae were all honored with Best Performance By An Actor/Actress in a Television Series nominations.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson received 5 nominations, including Best Television Limited Series and its stars, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown received acting nominations.
HBO led all of the networks with 14 total nominations, including acting nominations for Thandie Newton in Westworld and Kerry Washington in Confirmation.
This year’s list of Golden Globe nominees is a far cry from the diversity controversy that has plagued Hollywood for the past two award seasons. The inclusive list also echoes African American Film Critics Association president Gil Robertson’s prediction that “the coming award nominations are going to definitely put a pause on #OscarsSoWhite this year.”
See the full list of Golden Globe nominees here.