The Best Black Girl/Black Boy Magic Moments of the Golden Globes
Here are some of our favorite black girl/black boy magic moments of last night’s show.
Viola Davis Wins First Golden Globe For ‘Fences’, Pays Tribute to Her Dad
Davis took home her first Golden Globe for her role as Rose Maxson in the Denzel Washington-directed ‘Fences.’ After thanking the film’s producers and her handsome co-star/onscreen husband, she paid an emotional tribute to her father that had us tearing up. In the tribute, she noted that the fictional character Troy Maxson told the story of so many black fathers in the 1950s, including her own.
“To the original Troy, my father Dan Davis, born in 1936. He had a fifth-grade education and didn’t know how to read until he was 15,” she said. “But you know what? He had a story and it deserved to be told — and August Wilson told it.”
Tracee Ellis Ross Wins For Black-ish, Calls For Continued Diversity
Tracee Ellis Ross became the first black woman in 35 years to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her work on the well-received comedy Black-ish, and took the opportunity to call for diversity in film and on TV to continue.
“This is for all of the women, women of color, and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important,” she said. “I want you to know that I see you. We see you. It is an honor to be on the show Black-ish to continue expanding the way we are seen and known. To show the magic, and the beauty, and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.”
Atlanta’s Shining Moment
Atlanta took home the award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and series creator Donald Glover expressed pure black boy joy as he took the stage to accept the award. “This is incredible,” he stated, adding that at first, he wasn’t sure that anyone would like the series. He went on to acknowledge the city of Atlanta and its people as the inspiration behind the series. “I really want to thank Atlanta, and all the Black folks in Atlanta,” he said. I couldn’t be here without Atlanta.”
The Golden Globes Weren’t Finished With Donald Glover Yet
As the cherry on the top of a well-layered cake, Atlanta series creator Donald Glover also won, to his disbelief, the award for Best Actor in a television series-Comedy or Musical. This time, he thanked his family. He stated, “I really want to thank my son, and the mother of my son for making me believe in people again–and that anything is possible.”
Moonlight’s Big Win
At the end of the night, it was Moonlight, the much-talked-about film that is expected to win big at the Oscars, that took home the most-coveted award of the evening; that of Best Motion Picture – Drama. Director Barry Jenkins urged those who had seen the movie to tell others about it, so that more and more people would see the film that many have agreed is worth the watch.
Congratulations to all the winners, and may the ebony magic continue.
By: Danielle Dixon
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