It’s award season! While I love award shows (I may be the only one) for the glam red-carpet moments and the tear-inducing speeches, they also break my heart because of the lack of diverse presentation. This year’s Golden Globes nominations prove to be a mix of good and bad.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees yesterday, and Latinx did score a couple of incredible shoutouts, including Jennifer Lopez and Ana de Armas. Lopez got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her work in Hustlers. De Armas received the nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her work in Knives Out.
In an emotional Instagram post, Lopez said, “Could not be prouder to be recognized by the #HFPA. Ramona was a complicated character and it was an honor and challenge to bring her to life. Hustlers was a labor of love, sweat and perseverance written, directed, produced, edited and starring a group of bad-ass women. I am proud and honored to represent them and this film!!!! ♥️♥️ @goldenglobes #HustlersMovie #Ramona Thank you so much Hollywood Foreign Press Association!!!”
This is the first nominations for Lopez in twenty years. The last time she was nominated, was for her lead role in Selena. So we can see why she was so emotional. De Armas, a relative newcomer in feature films, was exceptional in her role in Knives Out. She was also the only leading Latina in the all-star cast. “Thank you so much #HFPA for this honor, still feels like a dream!” de Armas wrote on Instagram.
Earlier this year, de Armas commented about her role in Knives Out, saying, “Latinas rarely exist at the center of a film, especially not in the context that we have in this movie. So, because of the character description, my imagination immediately went to a portrayal that was not necessarily very positive or exciting in relation to Latin culture,” de Armas told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I finally read the script, I realized that the description didn’t fit at all because Marta is so much more than that.”
While two incredible Latinas received nominations, there isn’t much else to applaud. One of the best series this year, “When They See Us,” got completely shut out of the Gloden Globes. Furthermore, no female directors were nominated in the feature film category even though numerous works by women were seen this year, including Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig and Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde.
Click here for the entire list of nominations.