African Women Voices
So the Golden Globes went by and new statues are proudly standing in few people’s houses. But what if you could have had the chance to choose your own winning African-American actor? I wouldn’t dare to say an African actor or actress only because the range of choice would be so limited (Uzo Aduba herself is of African origins but born in the US, so…).
My friends at Indie Wire had their thoughts about it and it’s worth sharing:
Of note, with regards to this blog’s interests, “Selma” picked up a healthy 4 nominations – Best Picture – Drama; Best Actor – Drama (David Oyelowo); Best Director (Ava DuVernay); and Best Original Song – Motion Picture (“Glory”). It’s worth noting that Golden Globe motion picture nominees historically foretell what the Oscar nominees will be; not that they are always 100% accurate, but there’s a very good chance that most of the names you see here will carry over to the announcements scheduled to be made on January 15, 2015. So, despite the SAG Awards absence (the film – “Selma” wasn’t completed in time to meet the submission deadline), it’s set up here nicely for some recognition at the granddaddy of all ceremonies.
I should note that, with her nomination, Ava DuVernay makes history, becoming the first black woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director in the Motion Picture category. She’s on her way to doing the same, when the Oscar nominees are announced next week. Previous Golden Globe nominees of African descent in this category include Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave,” and Spike Lee for “Do the Right Thing.”
What about you? Whose the actor/actress of African origins you’d like to have on the winning team?