Award shows have been criticized for having too few participants or winners of color. However, tonight the Golden Globes may have overcome that objection. An African-American woman and two men actually won a Globe.
Idris Elba won “Best Performance” by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award for ‘Luther’. While I have not yet seen it, he is an incredible actor and it is definitely on my list. He certainly is deserving of recognition for his many masterful roles.
Octavia Spencer won “Best Supporting Actress” for ‘The Help’. Originally the movie received backlash due to its subject. It is a story based on the maids interpretation of our dark side of our history. This is a movie I did see, and was also reluctant at first. But I’m glad I saw it, because her performance was amazing and it was definitely worth seeing. The movie made you laugh, cry, and rejoice for how far we have actually come decades later.
Morgan Freeman was also honored with a special recognition, “The Cecil B. Demille Award” for lifetime achievement. Living legend, Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren presented this extremely talented actor with this honor. Freeman has made over 50 films and his span of work is truly incredible. In each movie he gives 100% of himself and you can be fairly certain if he is in the movie, it will be a hit.
Watching three African-American actors being recognized in one year was awesome to watch and fitting, just a day before the Martin Luther King holiday. It is exactly what Mr. King fought for so many years ago, “Equality for all”. He must be smiling down and is certainly reminded once again, losing his life for a cause was not in vain. They were all so deserving and it gives us hope for the future. I can not wait to see Tyler Perry win for “Best Director” or “Best Film”, that would top the cake.
On a side note, it appears most stars were also celebrating MLK holiday, because everyone including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney were extremely tan. Did they have a tanning booth back stage or what? And Angelina Jolie needs to eat a few cheeseburgers, her arms looked incredibly thin which was frightening to see.
It was also funny to see how second-time host Ricky Gervais had the stars looking so tense. While he ended up being on “better” behavior, they seemed to sweat as he opened the show. Many barely laughed, which was probably because they were too worried he may call them out. We American’s are too stiff, we need to lighten up like the Brit’s.