The Golden Globe Awards made some historic diversity moments and wins this past January 7th. The Golden Globes celebrates excellence in American and international television and films.
Firstly by having the stand-up comedian and producer Jo Koy who became the first Filipino American to host the Golden Globes.
Lily Gladstone became the first Indigenous person to win a Golden Globe. She played Mollie Kyle in “Killers of the Flower Moon.” She was the wife of a killer who survived the Osage murders. She made history by winning the Best Female Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. In her speech, she said: “This is a historic win. It doesn’t belong to just me,” Gladstone said. “I’m holding it with all of my beautiful sisters in the film… standing on all of your shoulders.” In the movie, she mentioned being grateful of being able to speak even a little bit of her language since in the film business, other native actors speak in English and then the sound editors run them backwards in order to accomplish the Native languages on camera. Gladstone took this award and ended her speech by dedicating it to “every little rez kid, every little urban kid, every little Native kid out there who has a dream who is seeing themselves represented and our stories told by ourselves in our own words.”
In addition, the “Barbie” movie by Greta Gerwig won a Golden Globe award for cinematic and box office achievement. This was a women-led film based on the 1959 doll franchise Mattel. It was an empowering movie about women. Latina America Ferreira accepted the ward alongside Margot Robbie who played Barbie, and the director Greta Gerwig. In addition, the film’s original song “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell also won an award.
Gerwig was also nominated for best director, along with “Past Lives” leader Celine Song – two females represented in the category. The Barbie movie also allowed LGBTQIA+ individuals to be represented in the nominees, with actor Andrew Scott in “All of Us Strangers” and Bella Ramsey in “The Last of Us.” They said: “We may not have been what first popped up in people’s minds when they thought of Barbie or Ken, but that’s changed, and we’re hoping to continue to push the boundaries of the roles we can play,” said “Barbie” actor Issa Rae, presenting the award for best-limited TV series with her costar Simu Liu.
Lastly, the Comedy-drama series “Beef” by Netflix swept in the limited TV series categories, winning best overall as the first show created and starring Asian Americans to win in its category. Its two leads, Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, also swept in the Best Actor and Actress awards, respectively. Wong, playing Amy Lau, became the first Asian actor to win the Golden Globe for best female actor in a limited series.