- „The Bodyguard“ had some fine performances, but its tone-deaf Islamophobia is way over the top.
- „Dirty John“ didn’t show Connie Britton at her best.
- Nominating „The Alienist“ could perhaps be a make-up nomination for snubbing far superior serial killer series „Mindhunter“ in 2017.
- Multiple nominations for outstanding actors in the same series — when it’s deserved — should absolutely be a thing.
The Golden Globe nominations always pack a few surprises, either in what’s nominated or what isn’t. Of particular frustration is always a show or movie with a strong ensemble cast: How do you nominate only one actor or actress when they’re all fantastic?
Here are some of the TV, limited series, and „motion picture made for television“ nominations that left us with questions.
BBC drama „Bodyguard“ made a big splash on Netflix, but it promotes some extremely harmful Islamophobic stereotypes.
Many felt that the portrayal of Muslim women as terrorists, victims, or both is cliched, exhausting, and maybe even dangerous in our current cultural climate. For that reason alone, „The Bodyguard“ doesn’t need to be celebrated.
„I am exhausted by how Muslim women are continually misrepresented like this in the media. As a victim of an Islamophobic verbal attack after the 9/11 terrorist attack, I don’t appreciate depictions that can fuel Islamophobia,“ Tasnim Nazeer wrote in the Guardian. „There are many communities in Britain that may not have had much interaction with Muslims, or only ever hear or see Muslims on TV. I believe the media needs to be accountable in some way for the content they produce, especially when levels of anti-Muslim hate crime are soaring. Instead, we need more powerful narratives and stories that bring about a better understanding of Muslims.“
Speaking of which, if you’re ever wondering if a piece of media you’re watching is promoting harmful Muslim stereotypes, check it against the Riz Test, which is based on a powerful speech given by Riz Ahmed in 2017 in the UK House of Commons.
Jason Bateman in „Ozark“ did a perfectly acceptable job, but it’s not exactly a standout performance.
The single actor from „Ozark“ who most deserved a nom and didn’t get it is Julia Garner. Watching her character Ruth Langmore evolve over the course of the series has been an absolute revelation.
Part of that is down to writing, but Bateman just didn’t measure up. In fact, many felt that way, as the second season was plagued with mixed reviews.
Debra Messing got yet another nomination for the reboot of „Will and Grace,“ but it’s just cruel to nominate the show again if they aren’t going to ever win.
Both Messing and the show have now been nominated 30 separate times for Golden Globes and have yet to win a single one. Debra Messing even told the LA Times that she slept in for the nominations because she didn’t expect to get nominated this year.
With the weight of all that in mind, the competition in the best actress in a musical or comedy category is fierce. Kristen Bell, Alison Brie, and Rachel Brosnahan are all considerable competition for Messing. It seems pointless to keep stringing her along unless she’ll finally clinch the win.
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