Golden Globes: A Stunning Lack of Gender and Ethnic Diversity

Oprah says, “A new day is on the horizon,” but results show that horizon may be on Mars.


The 2018 Golden Globes Awards placed a huge focus on sexual harassment awareness taking the entertainment industry by storm. But diversity once again took the backseat as nearly all white winners accepted awards.

Of 25 awards given, 10 (not including best foreign film) are not gender-specific. Of these 10, only one was given to a production with only a female director. Three of them had a mix of white male and female directors. Guillermo del Toro, who won best director for a motion picture, is from Mexico.

No films or shows with Black directors won, and all the shows and movies that garnered awards had at least one male director on board (with the exception of “Lady Bird,” which won for best musical/comedy and was directed by Greta Gerwig).

Denzel Washington lost for his role in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s critically-acclaimed racial film, garnered no awards. Mary J. Blige and Hong Chau both lost the award for Best Supporting Actress for their respective roles in “Mudbound” and “Downsizing.”

Anthony Anderson did not receive the best television performance by an actor award for a musical/comedy for his part in “Black-ish”; however, Aziz Ansari made history as the first Asian actor to win in this category for his role in “Master of None.” Similarly, Sterling K. Brown became the first Black actor to win best performance by an actor in a TV series drama for his role in “This Is Us.”

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Despite the usual lack of diversity that accompanies most award shows, Oprah Winfrey delivered a powerful, noteworthy speech.

Winfrey on Sunday became the first Black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award — and once again raised hope and speculation that she would also become the first Black woman to become president.

Winfrey opened her speech by recalling being a little girl and watching Sidney Poitier win the Oscar for best actor in 1964.

“Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen,” Winfrey shared. “I remembered his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I’d never seen a Black man being celebrated like that.”

“In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award right here at the Golden Globes, and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first Black woman to be given this same award.”

She thanked various people who helped her along in her career, from her beginnings as a host on “AM Chicago” to playing Sofia Johnson in “The Color Purple.”

She then spoke about the “complicated times” we live in.

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she stated.

Winfrey acknowledged that the reality of women facing sexual abuse and assault is “one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”


“So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farmworkers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine and science. They’re part of the world of tech and in politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military. And there’s someone else: Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too.”

Taylor was a Black woman in Alabama who in 1944 was abducted and gang-raped by half a dozen white men in Alabama while she was walking home from church. The men blindfolded her and left her on the side of the road. Her attack was reported to authorities, but two separate juries — both consisting of all white men — failed to indict any of the rapists, despite the fact that some of them confessed to their crimes. Taylor passed away last month just days before her 98th birthday.

“She lived as we all have lived — too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. And for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak their truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said of Taylor.

“But their time is up. Their time is up! Their time is up.”

Winfrey ended her speech by declaring this “a new day.”

“So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, are fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again. Thank you.”

Winfrey spoke with another powerful Black woman following her speech, according to The Los Angeles Times:

“#MeToo founder Tarana Burke, who accompanied actress Michelle Williams to the ceremony, was visibly moved after Winfrey’s speech.

Burke told The Times afterward what transpired when Winfrey spoke to her.

’She thanked me and gave me a hug and said something like, ‘We’re doing it together.’ It meant so much to me because when I was in the early days of doing workshops with women, it was Oprah and Gabrielle Union whose stories I used.’

‘So to hear her say #MeToo up there was such a full-circle moment,’ Burke added. ‘I don’t even want her for the presidency. I just want to create something new for her.’”

Hardly for the first time, calls for Winfrey to make a White House bid were renewed. Many celebrities took to Twitter to give the entertainment mogul an early-bird endorsement.

On Monday, Oprah for President was trending on Twitter.

Full list of the 2018 Golden Globe Award winners:

1. Best Motion Picture (Drama) – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” white male director
2. Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) – “Lady Bird,” white female director
3. Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – “Big Little Lies,” white male and white female directors
4. Best Director (Motion Picture) – Guillermo del Toro, Mexican male
5. Best Television Series (Comedy) – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” white male and female directors
6. Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh, white male
7. Best Motion Picture (Animated) – “Coco,” white male directors
8. Best Original Song (Motion Picture) – “This Is Me,” written by two white males
9. Best Original Score (Motion Picture) – Alexandre Desplat, white male
10. Best Television Series (Drama) – “The Handmaid’s Tale,” white male and white female directors
11. Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Frances McDormand, white woman
12. Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) — Gary Oldman, white man
13. Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) – Saiorse Ronan, white woman
14. Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Allison Janney, white woman
15. Best Supporting Actress (Television) – Laura Der, white woman
16. Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) – James Franco, white male
17. Best Supporting Actor (Television) – Alexander Skarsgaard, white male
18. Best Television Performance by an Actor (Drama) – Sterling K Brown, Black male
19. Best Actress Television Performance by an Actress (Drama) – Elisabeth Moss, white woman
20. Best Television Performance by an Actress (Musical/Comedy) – Rachel Brosnahan, white female
21. Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Sam Rockwell, white male
22. Best Television Performance by an Actress (Limited Series) – Nicole Kidman, white female
23. Best Television Performance by an Actor (Musical/Comedy) – Aziz Ansari, Asian male
24. Best Television Performance by an Actor (Limited Series) – Ewan McGrego, white male
25. Best Foreign Film – In the Fade (German film)

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    • Nicole- Those of us who enjoy Ms. D’Onofrio’s writing, which is ALWAYS well researched and 99.99% ACCURATE understood what she was conveying. If pettiness were bricks, you would have enough to build tRump’s wall. William Safire’s job has been taken and is NOT needed at Their success is proven, but Omarosa’s job [of ???] is open.

      • What does that mean? Why should THEY not show up to support each other and be celebrated – THEY didn’t do anything wrong. Might want to reconsider what you have posted here as the CEO of DIVERSITY Inc. – mutter “all men.”? No one has ever said it is all men doing anything. What has been said many times is that ENOUGH men are doing these things that nearly ALL WOMEN have a story.

        • Natalie Portman muttered “all men” when she was presenting the award for best director. My point is that she was there to present the award. So how brave was the “protest” really? What’s going to change? If the actresses keep showing up for the awards ceremonies, money will continue to flow and NOTHING is going to change.

          Google the Montgomery bus boycott- even better, read Taylor Branch’s trilogy on the Civil Rights Era.

          Nothing changes until you hit them repeatedly in the wallet. Nothing.

          • Respectfully disagree that they should have avoiding attending the awards or turned down awards which they earned. I DO however agree that dressing in black is not enough – which is why THEY very clearly stated that was only one piece of their movement and just the beginning. The most important piece at the moment is the $15million legal defense fund for women in ANY industry who have been harassed or discriminated against to be able to get justice. Another very important piece is for all of US as consumers to vote with our dollars – support those films with women at the help, if that’s what we think is important, and those which pay their stars equally.

  • Although, I was never a big fan of her show, her speech was the most moving of the night. I am always astounded when I see how far some of us have come in spite of not being allowed in the race – not just starting behind. Some of the negative comments on other spaces online are expected, but still heartbreaking to read. The same hatred that some people spewed and still spew against Obama and his family.

    Now to see if it is a call to action for us – or just a good speech given on just another night.

  • If you’re Black in the 21st century still needing White validation, you need to wake up quick. Blacks prepositioning themselves for White validation as a requirement to “arriving” sends the signal of inferiority complex. The large concern being the interpretation by both Whites and Blacks of this although it is not explicitly expressed. If Oprah and many other Black entertainers spent less time reporting the Golden Globe, Academy and Oscars as standards of excellence and the more needed time and effort holding established Black institutions in the same regard; Black art would be better declared genius in the entertainment space. I pause and rebuke Oprah, Jada Pinkett Smith’s and other Black entertainments unwillingness to revive Black award bodies as standard bearers for Black art and Black artists. They should insist this.

    • Lee-I agree. BlacKKKs in AmeriKKKa like Oprah, Will Smith, Whoopie, Sheryl Underwood, Jada Smith, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Ice T, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Denzel and other Black-ish slaves are inferior boot-lickers seeking to lick up HollyWeird’s praise, even if they only get to lick the backside.Then they have the audacity to get offended when white HollyWeird decides to wash its own backside and no longer acknowledges their tongue-licking services.

    • You’re going backward. Any group that wants to can — and does — present awards. however, that is no excuse for the major awards to continue to ignore — and fail to recognize and reward — the diverse artists and works among us.

      • White validation as the only model of success personifies moving backwards and implies White superiority/Black inferiority.

        You saying that better cues me in on where you are in the racial/class spectrum. Very interesting.

        • You are creating a logical straw man proposition that distorts my position. I’m not championing “White validation,” just rejecting your outdated “separate but equal” argument. Part of the process of recognizing and rewarding diversity in the arts involves diversity among the decision-makers deciding the awards. I don’t know the demographic makeup of the Foreign Press Association, which grants the Golden Globes. They may — or may not — consist primarily of White people and/or men. As you may recall, one knock at the Golden Globes was that all the Best Director nominees were male, even though not all the Best Picture nominees were directed by men. However, the Academy that grants the Oscars is — overwhelmingly — made up of older, White men, the “Harvey Weinsteins” of Hollywood, as it were. Since the majority of the people contributing to the making of American movies are not older, White, men, efforts are underway to diversify the voting membership in the Academy, so that the awards more accurately represent the judgments of those actually creating the art, the judgments of the audiences for whom the art is created and society at large.

          • Well I’ll tell you what, as hard as you’re trying to work to convince me I should disregard my own institutions in place of White ones, maybe you should spend that time allotted for me toward your own people.

            If you hadn’t known, White people in general are flat out a**holes in this country to mostly anyone; specifically Black Americans.

            So you do your thing of practicing what’s best for the Black folk from a White woman’s perspective. And I’ll play my position as a Black man building up already established in my community and hold them up to the same glory Whites do with theirs.

            HBCUs, Black banks, Black businesses, African centered schools, Black churches/mosques/synagogues

            White supremacies comes in all forms especially the one that tries to act like an ally and dictate what you as a people should hold in high regard minus your own within your consciousness.


  • What a powerful speech by Oprah! Bringing to light what happens to Black women like Recy Taylor truly speaks TRUTH TO POWER. While Oprah would be my last choice between Maxine Waters and the late Shirley Chisholm, any Black woman would be 100 times better than any racist white supremacist males or females and cowardly sexist Black males.

    I would only vote for Oprah for the same reason I wasted my vote for O’Bama only in 2008: To make history for what I erroneously thought was AmeriKKKa’s first “BlacKKK” president. What we got was a brokeback, spineless half white Obamination who crammed special gay rights down our throats instead of helping authentic African Americans facing double-digit (20-40%) unemployment.

    Oprah would be the female Obamination desolation in a skirt. Just another cracked coconut for fake white, post-racial liberal AmeriKKKans to sip from. Voting for the “lesser of TWO EVILS” for US presidents is analogous to voting for Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. The ReBubbaCant’s would select Dahmer for his cannabalism because he exclusively preferred to eat black or brown men/boys. The DemoCrazies would choose Bundy because he’s more like them: Luring Black voters through sorry-sounding silloquqies then slaughtering their hopes and dreams [i.e., DixieCrat Bill Clintonista].

    Oprah and her friend O’Bama suffer from racephobia: They’re afraid to talk DIRECTLY and BOLDLY about RACE, RACISM, and WHITE OPPRESSION.

    tRump’s agenda to Make AmeriKKKa White Again reigned at the idolatrous Golden Globes. “Get Out” Director should have won, the leading actor should have won. Anthony in Black-ish is just another stereotypical, untalented, modern-day lighter version of Stepin Fetchit. I NEVER watch that show because it’s as insulting as the fake Cosby Show and Fresh Prince. With Black TV shows, there’s NO MIDDLE GROUND between The Cosby’s and Good Times (or Black-ish and the Jeffersons). Jeff Sessions, David Duke and tRump could be writers for that Black-ish batsh*t and most of Spike Lee’s, Kevin Hart’s and Ice Cube’s black-ish horsesh*t movies.

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