As usual, the Golden Globes were a pretentious celebration of white awesomeness. Very few Black people were nominated and our impressive works of art, like Selma, were sidestepped for various coming-of-age white stories that I positively never heard of.
In the coming days, we’re sure to see mainstream white media outlets circulating stories and photos about how great white people are. Hell, it’s already happening. ArtsMic already published a story saying that comediennes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey “slayed” the opening monologue. Like really? Sure, there were a few zingers and sprinkled chuckles, but to “slay” is a term of endearment used for the likes of Beyonce and Lupita, not an average soliloquy. Watch for yourself, and tell me if they “slayed.”
So, for those of us who want to see creatives who look like us uplifted for their bodies of work, I present you this piece that exclusively showcases the awesomeness that was Black Beauty at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes.
We’ll start with fashion…
Director Ava DuVernay made history by becoming the first Black women to be nominated for Best Director. She absolutely dazzles in this fitted Zac Posen navy blue gown. Her locked crown frames her face majestically, thus evoking an unrivaled spirit of royalty.
Of course Lupita Nyong’o shined in this Giambattista Valli gown. The floral bodice gracefully transitions to a creme ombré. Lupita once again shows us why she reigns as red carpet fashion guru. A bit later, a bespectacled Lupita presented an award alongside Colin Farrell.
Kerry Washington sent a message with this daring Mary Katrantzou gown. This look isn’t one of my favorites, but the rose color sits nicely on her skin, especially when accented by her flawless makeup.
Viola Davis appealed to our seductive regal senses in this cranberry red Donna Karan Atelier gown. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder.
Uzo Aduba sparkled in a Randi Rahm patterned caviar halter gown. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role as Crazy Eyez in Orange is the New Black. The gown was adorned with crystals and rubies.
Co-star Danielle Brooks wore a hip-hugging Carmen Marc Valvo gown. Orange is the New Black was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy Series.
Despite having her name butchered for the millionth time, Quvenzhané Wallis radiated a precocious elegance uncommon for most 11 year olds. The recent Annie star was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Wearing an Armani Junior lilac-and-white gown, Wallis, who is a spokesmodel for the brand, is repping her camp beautifully.
For the record, here’s how her name is pronounced:
Not to be outdone, Black men also gave us suave and sexy.
The highlight of my night was Common. Accepting a Golden Globe for Best Song for “Glory,” Common referenced the recent increase in racial tensions while wrapping into the historical context of The Civil Rights Movement.
Common’s words were more than necessary in a night of pompous showcasing. As I clenched my breath hoping for these prolific Black creatives to win in their respective fields, I was jarringly reminded that these award shows simply are not for us. Regardless, I could rely on Mother Ava to keep faith alive.