This year’s 74th annual Golden Globes was a magically melanated evening.
With people of color nominated in almost every catergory, #blackgirlmagic and #blackmanbrilliance was inevitable.
“Moonlight,” a coming of age story about a young African American man in Miami, took Best Picture in the drama category. The deeply moving film showcased the star power of notable names like Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, and Janelle Monae; who stunned with a rhinestone adorned ‘do.
Viola Davis was honored for her work in the recently released “Fences.” Starring alongside Denzel Washington, the woman who taught us How to Get Away With Murder walked away with Best Supporting Actress just days after getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Starring Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson, the true-crime story that captivated the nation so many years ago was introduced to a new audience with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The Best television movie or mini series winner took viewers behind the scenes of the case that divided the country.
In the comedy category, Donald Glover beat out Black-ish favorite Anthony Anderson to win Best Actor in a comedy or musical. Glover’s hilarious Atlanta would also take the top spot for Best Series, comedy or musical. He thanked “Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta” for “being amazing people.” And while a lot of us were rooting for Insecure’s Issa Rae to take home her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy, we weren’t mad when Tracee Ellis Ross –in a stunning, glittery Zuhair Murad gown–snagged it instead.
Ross celebrated her historic win with an inspiring speech. “This is for all of the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important,” she said. “But I want you to know that I see you, we see you.”
Her win marks the first time that a Black woman has taken home the award since Debbie Allen won for Fame in 1983. Beating out other industry heavyweights like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Sarah Jessica Parker for the award, she spoke out about the industry, which tends to marginalize people of color.
“It’s an honor to be on this show, Black-ish, to continue expanding the way we are seen and known and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.”