Hollywood was taken to task last year for its lack of diversity, but this year a movie about a young African-American man grappling with his sexuality won best drama film at the Golden Globe awards.
Moonlight was nominated in six categories, losing out to the musical La La Land in most of them. But Barry Jenkins’s beautiful, heartfelt film did capture Best Drama, beating out movies like Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. The film also named Best Film by the National Society of Film Critics.
In his acceptance speech, Jenkins described writing a film about the experiences of African-Americans in cities like Miami, where Moonlight is set.
“We have to give people things not to escape to — there’s a place for that — but reaffirm that if you feel something you should speak it, and people will be there to hear it.”
This year’s Golden Globes will also be remembered for Meryl Streep’s stunning speech after being awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award for her contributions to film. The actress lamented President-elect Donald Trump’s “performance,” highlighting his public mockery of a disabled journalist. She called for Hollywood, foreigners, and the press to stand up and fight the divisive administration that’s about to be unleashed.
“Take your broken heart, make it into art,” Streep said, quoting Carrie Fisher.