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Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday.

The previously nominated actress and entertainment mogul most recently starred in the Emmy-nominated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from HBO Films, and next plays Mrs. Which in Ava DuVernay’s Wrinkle in Time adaptation, which Disney will release in March. 

Winfrey, who hosted the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, is the chairman and CEO of the cable network OWN. She is also the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which Winfrey established in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.

The annual DeMille award honors those with “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Recent recipients include Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” stated HFPA president Meher Tatna. “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Mary J. Blige Scores Best Supporting Actress Nom At Golden Globes

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The 75th Annual Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning by Alfre Woodard, along with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

One of the standout nominees is Mary J. Blige, who scored a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the movie ‘MudBound’.

Below is the complete list of nominees where an African American talent has been nominated.  
The awards show will take place on Sunday, January 7 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. It will be hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, and broadcasted on NBC.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly’s Game

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Issa Rae, Insecure
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Television Series — Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This is Us

Best Song in a Motion Picture
“Home” — Ferdinand
“Mighty River” — Mudbound
“Remember Me” — Coco
“The Star” — The Star
“This Is Me” — The Greatest Showman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Picture — Comedy or Musical
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep & More Shine At The 2017 Golden Globes

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Last night marked the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards and another memorable show it was.

Folks like Tracee Ellis Ross, who has achieved so much in her career, won her very first Golden Globe last night for best actress in a TV show for her role on Blackish. Viola Davis took home the best supporting actress award for her incredible role in Fences, while her good friend Meryl Streep was honored with the highly praised Cecil B. Demille award for amazing work over her career.

Each of these three amazing women had powerful, and heartfelt speeches respectively.

Tracee took a moment to shout out all the amazing women out there, especially the women of color who’s storys and ideas aren’t always seen or heard. “We see you,” Tracee assures them.

Meryl’s speech took aim at our soon-to-be president, Donald Trump. She wasn’t “attacking” as the Donald thought, but she made it clear that she and everyone else around her must not stand for injustice and learn to treat people with dignity and respect.

With another year of the Globes in the books, take a look at some video footage from last night to re-live some of these amazing moments.

Taraji P. Henson Wins ‘Best Actress In A TV Drama’ At 2016 Golden Globes

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Congratulations to our favorite Empire cast-member Taraji P. Henson.

The actress took home the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress in a TV Drama” for her role as Cookie on Empire, on Sunday night (January 10).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Taraji is the third-African American to win the award, and in a very glorious Cookie fashion she yelled, “Cookies for everyone tonight. My treat!” She then continued her thank yous, as she finalized with “I’m taking this one for the entire Empire.”

Once again, congrats Taraji P. Henson!

Here’s Taraji P. Henson handing out cookies to everyone in the audience.

Acting The Dream: Hollywood, Morgan Freeman, and Octavia Spencer

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"Octavia Spencer" "Morgan Freeman" "Martin Luther King"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr inspired not only a nation, but a world.  Still, as equality can be lawful, it isn’t always tangible.  Last night, with nearly 17 million viewers nationwide, The Golden Globes presented another year of great films and animation.  The highlight of the night, however, was first in Morgan Freeman, only to be seconded by Octavia Spencer.  What a dream.

But what is the dream of our nation, really?  Thirty years before my birth and now more than twenty years following, Morgan Freeman has dominated the movie industry.  With over 50 years of experience, growth, and prominence amongst the Hollywood crowd, the most intriguing of his accomplishments is the variety and prestige of his roles.

Every year, it seems that Black actors and Hollywood tend to box around the same ring.  What Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and the like have accomplished isn’t as tangible as it is for the ‘rest’ of Hollywood.  But somehow, it seems to have been ten times easier than today.  Of course, after your foot is in the game as a ‘sure thing’ the movie roles aren’t hard to come by, but what about the next generation?

Complaints about Tyler Perry are far and wide, but he undoubtedly delivers a talented, colorful cast, often overlooked on the Hollywood scene.  Octavia Spencer, who won Best Supporting Actress for Civil Rights Era ode ‘The Help,’ quoted MLK in her acceptance speech: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.”

The quote was meaningful beyond MLK, also representing her feelings about the harsh criticism the movie came under from many communities for its alleged favoritism of “white savior” over “poor blacks.”  While some praised it for a touching story, others found it a disturbing reminder of “widespread stereotype presented in both film and novel.”  I will not attest to neither favoring nor opposing the movie, but it is to no contest that roles such as these is what remains top recruit for Black actors today.  That is not to negate the win or her performance.  But is it that today we’re settled with playing the role of ‘the dream’ being achieved rather than carving the diligent task of striving for it?

Watching this montage of Freeman’s most riveting roles, and listening to his acceptance speech to follow, the one question that comes to mind is ‘what is the dream of our nation, really?’  In the end, the dream of a nation is not built in unison.  It’s built individually.  With each waking step, every move, and every play made by its citizens, does the dream then begin to build.  For the movie industry, and literally any-and-everything else, there’s no better day than today to begin to ask ourselves these questions, and strive to make answers or at the least, solutions.  Black actors calling out Hollywood for favoritism, racism, stereotype, etc., will not change Hollywood.  But the individuality of like-minded writers, actors, directors, so on and so forth could make a change if collective efforts were bounded–without permission and with no boundaries.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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