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.

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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."

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"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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Hundreds of people lined up in the rain to experience a long overdue piece of American history and honor the lives lost to lynching at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama on Thursday.

The Equal Justice Initiative, sponsor of this project, has documented more than 4,000 "racial terror" lynchings in the United States between 1877 and 1950.

The first memorial honoring the victims includes sculptures and art depicting the terror Blacks faced; 800 six-foot steel, engraved monuments to symbolize the victims; writings and words of Toni Morrison and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and a final artwork by Hank Willis Thomas capturing the modern-day racial bias and violence embedded in the criminal justice system and law enforcement.

Among memorial visitors were civil right activist Rev. Jesse Jackson and film director Ava Duvernay. According to the Chicago Tribune, Jackson said it would help dispel the American silence on lynchings, highlighting that whites wouldn't talk about it because of shame and Blacks wouldn't talk about it because of fear. The "60 Minutes Overtime" on the memorial just three weeks earlier was reported by Oprah Winfrey, who stated during her viewing of the slavery sculpture, "This is searingly powerful." Duvernay, quoted by the Chicago Tribune, said: "This place has scratched a scab."

The Montgomery Downtown business association's President, Clay McInnis, who is white, offered his thoughts to NPR in reference to his own family connection to the history that included a grandfather who supported segregation and a friend who dismantled it. "How do you reconcile that on the third generation?" he asked. "You have conversations about it."

A place to start: The Montgomery Advertiser, the local newspaper, apologized for its racist history of coverage between the 1870s and 1950s by publishing the names of over 300 lynching victims on Thursday, the same day as the memorial opening. "Our Shame: the sins of our past laid bare for all to see. We were wrong," the paper wrote.

The innumerable killings of unarmed Black men and the robbing of Black families of fathers, mothers, and children today not only strongly resemble the history of lynchings, but also bring up the discomfort and visceral reactions that many have not reckoned with.

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the man who spearheaded this project, told NPR: "There's a lot of conflict. There's a lot of tension. We're dealing with police violence. We deal with these huge disparities in our criminal justice system. You know, if everything was wonderful you could ask the question, 'Why would you talk about the difficult past?' But everything is not wonderful."

WFSA, a local news station, interviewed a white man who had gone to see the Legacy Museum downtown, also part of the EJI project, located at the place of a former slave warehouse. He talked about how he was overwhelmed by the experience and that "Slavery is alive in a new way today."

Reactions on social media were reflective of the memorial's power and the work that is continuing toward progress.

During a launch event, the Peace and Justice Summit, Marian Wright Edelman, activist and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, urged the audience to continue their activism beyond the day's events on issues like ending child poverty and gun violence, according to the Chicago Tribune: "Don't come here and celebrate the museum ... when we're letting things happen on an even greater scale."

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