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Jada Pinkett Smith is voicing her displeasure over this year’s Golden Globes nominations. Taking to Twitter, the Girls Trip star called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for looking over the film, and Pinkett Smith’s co-star Tiffany Haddish, in its nomination process.
“I’m not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom… I’m discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn’t even WATCH the movie,” Pinkett Smith tweeted.
Girls Trip was eligible for Golden Globe nominations this year. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, HFPA members were invited to the film’s premiere and a screening of the movie on July 18, but it is unclear how many voters attended.
Pinkett Smith went on to make a case for a nomination for her co-star, Haddish, who had a breakout role in the summer comedy. “Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn’t get eyes on the film or a press conference. How could a nom happen & how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening?” Pinkett Smith wrote.
Haddish issued her own take on the Golden Globes and Pinkett Smith’s support on her personal Twitter Wednesday morning: “Thank all of y’all for your love and support, I don’t know or care much about snubs because I’m not nasty like that!! But I love my girl Jada and I love all of you!”
The actress continued her condemnation of the Globes by relating their nominations to Hollywood at large, tweeting, “Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board.”
Pinkett Smith has been very vocal in the past during the #OscarsSoWhite campaign the last two years.
For the Golden Globes, this year’s best/supporting actress nominations showcase a somewhat more racially diverse group of actors than previous years. Not a single woman of color was nominated for an acting award at the 73rd Golden Globes in 2016, while three were nominated last year. This year, Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) both earned supporting actress nominations, while Vietnamese-American Hong Chau scored a nom for Downsizing.
In her tweets, Pinkett Smith also called out films such as The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The latter movie was nominated for best picture in the comedy or musical category, despite the fact that it has been described most often as a “thriller,” while the former wasn’t nominated in any category. “The fact that the brilliance of @TheBigSickMovie went unnoticed and the fact that one of the most prolific films of the year, @GetOutMovie, is considered a comedy… illuminates the depths of the sunken place… for real,” Pinkett Smith tweeted, referencing the nightmarish “sunken place” from Get Out.
While Get Out is not considered by many to be a comedy, the move is not uncommon for the Globes. Peele, the film’s writer and director, was not nominated for best director or screenplay.
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