Monday, January 15, 2018

Celebrating diversity in awards shows nominees and winners for MLK Day 2018

A happy and contemplative Martin Luther King Day to my readers!  To celebrate, I'm continuing the tradition I began with 'Glory' from 'Selma' for MLK Day and continued with Hollywood's diversity issues for MLK Day and 'Hidden Figures' tops the box office for MLK Day plus diversity among Golden Globes winners, examining diversity and representation in entertainment, which I wrote I would do yesterday.  I already looked at diversity among winners at the Golden Globes winners, so I today I'll feature diversity among music nominees at the Golden Globe Awards and winners of the Critics' Choice Awards.

Two nominees for Best Song, one at both the Grammy Awards and Critics' Choice Awards and another at the Golden Globes, begin today's celebration.  The one in the preview image is "Stand Up For Something" by Andra Day feat. Common. Written by Diane Warren and Lonnie Lynn, from the original soundtrack to the motion picture "Marshall", in theaters Oct. 13, 2017.

While I'm still confident this song will be nominated for an Oscar and is still my favorite to win the Grammy, I am less confident it will win an Academy Award.  I expect "Remember Me" from "Coco" will instead.

The next song for today is Mary J Blige - "Mighty River" (Mudbound OST).

Blige not only wrote and performed the song, but also starred in the film.  I would be pleasantly surprised if it were nominated for an Oscar, although doing so would likely push out either or both of "Truth to Power" from "An Inconvenient Sequel" and "Tell Me How Long" from "Chasing Coral."  Well, I can't have everything.  On the other hand, this song is eligible for a Creative Arts Emmy Award and should be nominated this summer.

Follow over the jump for diverse winners from the Critics' Choice Awards.

While I mentioned the two categories "Get Out" won in 'The Shape of Water' leads speculative fiction winners at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, I did not embed video of Jordan Peele accepting either award he won, as I did for the television winners yesterday.  I have two, beginning with Get Out Wins Best Sci-Fi Critics Choice Awards 2018.

I had a feeling Peele was a nice guy (Keegan-Michael Key always played the more disagreeable character), but it's good to hear it confirmed.

Now, Jordan Peele Wins Critics Choice Awards 2018, which includes both the Adapted and Original Screenplay nominees.

I'm glad I included this clip, because Peele most directly addresses the issues relevant to today's observance.

One of the movies Peele beat with his "Get Out" script was "The Big Sick," written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani.  It won Best Comedy Movie.  I'm including it here because I did not mention it at all in prior posts on the Critics' Choice Awards, as there were no speculative fiction films nominated in comedy (although "Downsizing" might have fit), and because it is also about dealing with diversity and adversity.

I'm a bigger fan of Nanjiani than I was before I watched that clip.  He also does a good job of summing up diversity and representation issues while still being funny.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention either "The Shape of Water" or "Coco" in a celebration of diversity, so here's Guillermo Del Toro Wins Best Director at Critics Choice Awards 2018.

And here's COCO Wins Best Animated Film Critics Choice Awards 2018.

Molina's speech worked well as a statement about the value of diversity and inclusion.

I made a promise yesterday.
Best Actor in a Drama Series: "Sterling K. Brown was the only actor in a drama series nominated at this year's Television Critics Association Awards and he won Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards, so he is the favorite."  Brown won.  I'll have more to say about his victory tomorrow.
To fulfill that promise, here is Sterling K. Brown Wins Best Actor in a Drama Series Critics Choice Awards 2018.

I have one more winner to recognize, RuPaul, who won Best Reality Show Host for "RuPaul's Drag Race," a title also earned at the Emmy Awards.  Unfortunately, I found no video of RuPaul winning.  Darn.  If I had, I'd have posted it.  Instead, my readers and I have to be satisfied with a photo of him looking fabulous with his award.

With that, congratulations to all the winners!

That's enough fantasy.  I'll return to reality tomorrow with some real-life DOOM.

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