‘When They See Us’ Completely Snubbed by 2020 Golden Globes / Twitter Reacts

Published: Monday 9th Dec 2019 by Rashad

Despite garnering a whopping 16 nominations at the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this year, Ava DuVernay‘s Netflix miniseries – ‘When They See Us’ – received no recognition from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association when the organization announced the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes on Monday (December 9).

The film, which tells the true story of five African American teens wrongfully convicted of the rape and assault of a jogger in New York’s Central Park in the late 80’s, was lauded by viewers and critics alike for its gripping content and outstanding acting. Now, thanks to the apparently none-too-impressed Golden Globes committee’s omission of the title from their list of nods, many are taking to social media to express their disappointment for its absence and the overall lack of racial diversity among this year’s class of nominees.

See what we mean inside:

The 2020 Golden Globe nominations (as we reported here) only included five African American projects or actors.

  • Cynthia Erivo in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama category for Harriet
  • Eddie Murphy in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Dolemite Is My Name
  • Billy Porter for Best Actor in a Drama Series for Pose 
  • Dolemite Is My Name for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Les Misérables was nominated for Best Foreign Language film

The absence of representation of people of color certainly did not go unnoticed.  See what we mean below:


[ main photo courtesy:  Netflix]

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  1. Clarksooon December 9, 2019

    Every time black people ‘feel something’ from watching a movie they want these white award shows to validate their feelings. Well Im black and found it hard to watch, too long in duration, and subpar acting / directing. Thus, no nomination was needed.

    • Ughhh December 9, 2019

      It is the most watched Netflix series to date. It was only five episodes. The acting from the young boys to the men who portrayed the Central Park Five gave impeccable performances and the directing was nothing but clear, concise and cohesive storytelling. Your skin color has nothing to do with your ignorance, lack of taste and inability to recognize noteworthy material.

      • Like It Really Matters December 9, 2019

        Here’s the thing…people didn’t talk about the show as much as they revisited the case itself. There was more talk about the prosecutor and the original case than the show itself. It told a story of something that happened to these young men, yes. It was emotionally provoking due to what (some) knew about the case…here’s a comparison…The People Vs. OJ was more talked about for the ACTING that happened than the case/original story itself. We talked about how Cuba played THE HELL outta the OJ role, we talked about how Sarah Paulson played THE HELL out of the prosecutor, we talked about how Sterling K Brown played THE HELL out of his role.

        The main thing (and probably the only) we’ve heard about this series was that it pissed a lot of people off and reignited the furry of the people with the original mishandling of the case….NOT THE SHOW ITSELF. I don’t personally believe they should have been completely shut out, but let’s look at the facts here.

  2. Naïme December 9, 2019

    « Racial diversity » yet they don’t mention other race. Hypocrisy as it finest.

    • Are You Kidding Me? December 9, 2019

      Black people ALWAYS champion for other races. Other races RARELY champion for us. Ever since the “model minority” myth to distract from racism, Asians have acted like they’re “better than” minorities. Latinx people look down on us especially if they pass for White. Indians, despite having the same roots as us despise us. Do not EVER put the group that is ALWAYS giving “honorary Blackness” to other races when other races do not ever make us honorary ANYTHING in the same sentence.
      GOOD DAY!

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