The Golden Globes Have Clung On To One Elitist And Outdated Tradition For Way Too Long The 76th Golden Globe Awards, with its infamous red carpet looks and heavy trophies, will begin in two days.
But the awards ceremony actually announced its first set of winners back in November.
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Now, you would be forgiven for not knowing what ‘Miss Golden Globe’ even was. But, you’ll likely know the families from which the Miss Golden Globes have been heralded.
The title goes, traditionally, to one young actress, whose duties after winning will then include handing out awards at the Golden Globe Awards, shuffling drunk winners off the stage and, to be honest, mostly standing around and looking youthful, polished and beautiful.
In the early 1970s, a new rule was laid out, outlining that Miss Golden Globe ‘needed’ to be from the loins of Hollywood royalty.
That meant one, but preferably two, famous actor parents.
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Since then, the position has been filled with various star’s offspring.
Clint Eastwood has had two daughters, from different partners, honoured with the role.
Tippi Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was 1975’s Miss Golden Globe, and her own daughter, Dakota Johnson, was 2006’s.
One must suppose Stella Banderas, Griffith’s younger daughter, is waiting for her invitation.
The Awards ceremony applied some gender equality to the position (not that it’s paid) by letting Michael J Fox’s son, Sam Michael Fox, Lorenzo Lamas’ son, A J Lamas and Freddie Prinze’s son, Freddie Prinze Jr have a go at being Mr Golden Globes.
There have been a handful of Miss Golden Globes who are women of colour, like Jamie Foxx’s daughter, Corinne Foxx, and this year’s Isan Elba – daughter of Idris Elba – but these women of colour are few and far between.
Last year’s celebrity progeny to take the title were the three blonde daughters of Sylvester Stallone – Scarlet, Sistine and Sophia Stallone.
Essentially, we see the same thing, year in, year out; the young, rich and famous-by-default get shimmied into the limelight and along with it, hollywood jobs, big-bucks contracts and worldwide visibility.
Now, putting aside the out-dated and tacky ‘glamourous assistant’ overtones, giving such a useful and visible position to the same, privileged quota of people seems like an ugly hangover from a bygone era.
Apart from this, the awards ceremony does seem to have taken some heed to 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and last year’s #MeToo blackout.
This year nominations have already broken some diversity records, with four of the ten nominees in two Best Picture categories having non-white directors.
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk were recognised in the Best Picture-Drama category, whilst John M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians has been shortlisted in the Best Picture – Comedy or Drama category.
Unfortunately, true inclusivity is still a long way off, for example none of the directors nominated are women and in the two Best Actress categories, only one women is of colour – Constance Wu.
ULCA’s study,’Hollywood Diversity Report 2019: Five Years Of Progress And Missed Opportunities’ shows that Hollywood, both in front and behind the screen, is still far from diverse. The UCLA study found that: there were 2 males to every 1 female on screen, 7 to 1 directing and 4 to film writing and people of colour accounted for only 13.9 % of the leads in top films – a statistic that has barely changed from last year’s 13.6%.
Considering the majority or writers and directors, or ‘Gatekeepers’ as some call them, are white men, this may not be a surprise.