The movie “Nomadland” was crowned the biggest winner in the celebration of announcing the “Golden Globe” awards, which also rewarded in important categories a large number of black artists, including the late Chadwick Boseman, after criticism of the lack of diversity in the body that selects the winners. “Nomadland”, which is a tribute to contemporary “hippies”, who are “trailer dwellers” who roam the United States in their old vehicles, won the Best Dramatic Film award, while its American director of Chinese origin Chloe Gao (38 years) became the second woman in history. The “Golden Globe” wins the Best Director award after Barbara Streisand in 1984.
Andra Day, a black American, came to the surprise by winning the Best Actress award in a dramatic film for her role in “The United States Verse Billy Holiday”. Day led a number of prominent competitors, among them Francis McDormand, who is the only professional actress in “Nomadland”. A number of other black actors won prizes, including the American Chadwick Bozeman, who died last August of cancer. He was awarded the Best Actor in a Dramatic Film for his performance in the movie “What Renees Black Batum”, his last work before his departure. The “Black Panther” star got ahead of two high-caliber names, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins, who has been nominated eight times and has not won any of them. Another black man, Britain’s Daniel Kaluuya, won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in “Judas and the Black Missaya,” in which he played Fred Hampton, the leader of the black revolutionary movement who was killed in December 1969 in a police raid. The film centers on the efforts of Hampton, the leader of the Black Panther, to mobilize against police violence that targeted blacks in the 1960s, a topic that remains on the agenda after the mass protests that rocked the United States last year. The Golden Globe Awards reflected the eagerness to highlight diversity at a time when the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood, which selects the winners, was the subject of severe criticism this week for not having any blacks among its 87 members.
A number of the participants in the announcement of the awards Sunday did not hesitate to criticize this reality gently, including the two presidents of the celebration.
“We realize that we have to work on that, as is the case with films and television,” the association officials said on the scene. “Black representation is very important.”