Over the past ten years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revitalized the Golden Globes from a third tier wanna be awards ceremony into a top flight event that rivals the Academy Awards. The transformation has taken most of Hollywood by surprise.
With the announcement of film acting nominations, there is no denying that there will be no scenario similar to last year’s Oscar nominations. The Golden Globe-nominated actors spans, white, African-American and other minorities. The Academy came under fierce pressure about virtually 100% all-white actor nominations. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences contends that there were just not enough choices of substance.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 85 members will vote for pictures featuring six African-American actors, which includes, Ruth Negga for “Loving,” Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for “Fences,” Octavia Spencer for “Hidden Figures,” Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight,” and “Lion’s” Dev Patel, British-born to Indian parents is also a nominee.
The Golden Globes will recognize movie-stories, such as “Florence Foster Jenkins,” a true account of a New York socialite and her valiant attempt to sing, and “20th Century Women,” that addresses an open-minded mother raising her son outside the presumed standards of society.
With all the hub-bub over the Academy’s snub of African-American and minority actors, the question on everybody’s mind is, “Will they follow the Golden Globes lead?” Renowned awards consultant, Tony Angellotti, commenting on possible Oscar choices, “It’s not like voters are going to have to go out of their way to look for worthy names, There are a lot of bona fide candidates, not just fringe people who, if you vote for them, it might look like you’re just responding to the controversy. Every one of these people are great actors delivering strong performances.”
With the outcry over last year’s Oscar nominations, the Academy will play host to its newest members, who were recruited as a result of last year’s faux pas. 683 members make up the nomination block with females accounting for 46% of the membership and 41% are individuals of color. The Academy will announce its nominations on January 24, 2017.