First, we were rudely left out of the Daytime Emmy’s; then completely ignored by the Primetime Emmy’s and now, the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations—which were announced this morning—shut Latinos out of all major TV categories! You can call it a coincidence; chalk it up to bad luck, or you can call it what it really is: An unacceptable and unfair trend.
Yesterday, I blogged about 10 wonderful TV acting performances by Latin actors that I thought deserved to be recognized by the Globes this year. My ten choices are as good (or better) than many of the actors who were nominated today. So why weren’t any of them shown any love b the Globes? The only thing that I can think of is: they’re not white!
You see, being white gives you a 99% chance of being nominated by an awards show, like the Golden Globes—whereas being Latino gives you less than a 1% chance (I’m not making this up). Want proof? Just take a look at this year’s nominees, starting with the category: Best Drama Series. Nominees in this category included True Blood, Big Love, Mad Men, and House—all series that feature not even one Latino star, a recurring Latin actor or character or any actors of color, at all.
In the Best Actress in a Drama category, the nominees: Glenn Close (Damages), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), also all happen to be white. Are you telling me that they couldn’t give one spot to the very deserving Argentinean actress Sonya Walger who shines in ABC’s Flash Forward, or Brazilian V star Morena Baccarin?
For Best Dramatic Actor, nominees included—surprise, surprise—five white men: The Mentalist’s Simon Baker, Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, Mad Men’s John Hamm, House’s Hugh Laurie, and Big Love’s Bill Paxton. Now all of these guys are extremely talented, and they all deserve to be nominated, they do—but so does Peruvian actor Benjamin Bratt for his gripping work in A & E’s The Cleaner.
And apparently—despite how great she is as a hilarious housewife—there was also no room in the Best Comedic Actress category for Colombian scene-stealer Sofia Vergara of Modern Family. I bet you can guess who there was room for in this category (yup! Five white women)! The nominees here included Toni Collette (The United States of Tara), Courtney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Lea Michele (Glee). The Best Actor in a Comedy category offered much of the same: five white men. Steve Carrell (The Office), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), David Duchovny (Californication), Thomas Jane (Hung), and Matthew Morrison (Glee) all received nods.
I hate to go on, but I must: In the Best Supporting Actress category, nominees included Jane Adams (Hung), Rose Byrne (Damages), Jane Lynch (Glee), Janet McTeer (Into the Storm), and Chloe Sevigny (Big Love). How they managed to look over Dexter stars Courtney Ford and Lauren Velez, I’ll never know, their performances this season were spectacular!
This is a sad day for Latinos on television, when 39 out of 40 acting nominees for the Golden Globes are white. It’s also a sad day for all minorities, because there’s plenty of Asian and Black talent that was also overlooked. Somehow I doubt that next year will be any different. Perhaps what we need to do is have all Latinos boycott the Golden Globes until they start nominating our gente. Do you think that would get them to come to their senses?
Are you as outraged as I am by the lack of Latino love? Lets talk about it: Drop me a comment and let me know how you feel about it.