3 Nominees of Color Who Deserve Golden Globe Wins

By Sameer Rao Jan 05, 2018

The entertainment world dives headfirst into the 2018 awards season this Sunday (January 7) with the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. As this year’s nominee pool is noticeably less Black and Brown than the previous year’s, we’re hoping that the few nominees of color receive the shine they deserve. Here are three should-be winners: 

Hong Chau, "Downsizing" 

Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau competes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, an acting field dominated by women of color this year. A win for her stand-out performance in "Downsizing," in which she portrays a Vietnamese activist forcibly shrunk by her government, would make her that category’s first Asian-American awardee since Meg Tilly ("Agnes of God") in 1986.

Issa Rae, "Insecure" 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is responsible for determining Golden Globe nominees and winners, dropped the ball by honoring only one of Issa Rae‘s many talents. But her performance on HBO show "Insecure," in which she portrays a non-profit adminstrator struggling through professional and personal setbacks, is enough reason to justify a Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy victory. 

"Get Out"

"Get Out" isn’t technically a nominee of color, but it is the only project in the Best Motion Picture category to tackle racism head-on. The genre-bending thriller, about a Black man’s perilous visit to his White girlfriend’s family’s home, earned popular and critical acclaim after debuting early last year. Even if writer/director Jordan Peele disagrees with its award category classification, "Get Out"’s ability to illuminate racism through multiple film styles merits the "Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy" award. 

The 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony airs January 7 on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.