Black films and talent largely shut out of 2019 Golden Globe Awards

Regina King (Photo credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock)

The 2019 Golden Globes are officially in the books, as the annual parade of Hollywood pomp and circumstance was held Sunday night, Jan. 6, in sunny Los Angeles. The three-hour, 20-minute telecast was largely devoid of any controversy during the relatively subdued proceedings, but there was a sense of what could have been after it was all said and done.

Despite the historic year for Blacks in television and film, only two awards were handed out to African American talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Black winners of note were Regina King, who received the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for If Beale Street Could Talk, and Mahershala Ali for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Green Book.

Left to enjoy the proceedings without any hardware to take home were box office behemoth Black Panther and Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed BlacKkKlansman. Their omission, plus the countless deserving artists who couldn’t even garner a nomination —  FX’s “Atlanta,” HBO’s “Insecure,” Creed II star Michael B. Jordan and ABC’s “Black-ish,” among them — shows that, while there have certainly been advances in diversity shown in Hollywood, there are still miles to go in this journey to equality.

Let’s hope we get there.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama 
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephan James, Homecoming
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, ACS: Vercase 
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaids Tale 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story 
Escape at Dannemora 
Sharp Objects 
A Very English Scandal

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture 
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay, Vice
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language
Capernaum 
Girl 
Never Look Away 
Roma 
Shoplifters

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaids Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Animated Movie
Incredibles 2 
Isle of Dogs 
Mirai 
Ralph Breaks the Internet 
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Candace Bergen, Murphy Brown 
Alison Brie, GLOW 
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 
Debra Messing, Will and Grace

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy 
Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Brühl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton, Dirty John
Laura Dern, The Tale 
Regina King,  Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Television Series — Drama 
The Americans
Bodyguard
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

Best Song in a Motion Picture 
All the Stars — Black Panther
Girl In the Movies — Dumplin’
Requiem for a Private War — A Private War
Revelation — Boy Erased
Shallow — A Star Is Born

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 
Amy Adams, Vice
Claire Foy, First Man
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favorite
Rachel Weisz, The Favorite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama 
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born 
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody 
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Picture — Comedy or Musical 
Crazy Rich Asians 
The Favourite
Green Book 
Mary Poppins Returns 
Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga,  A Star is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Rosamund Pike, A Private War 

Best Director – Motion Picture 
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice

Best Picture – Drama 
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

DeWayne Rogers
DeWayne Rogers

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