UPDATE: Jada Pinkett Smith Said She Wouldn’t Speak On Tiffany Haddish Golden Globes Snub, But She Changed Her Mind
UPDATE Part II: A source with knowledge of HFP business sent us a statement in regards to Pinkett Smith’s comments. They said, “there was a screening on July 18 and the HFPA was also invited to the premiere.”
UPDATE: Okay, so Jada actually has decided to share why she is upset about Tiffany Haddish not being honored. As she put it, “Here we go…”:
Yesterday the nominations for the Golden Globes were announced, and as we told you, while a few (keyword: few) of your favorites were recognized, there were plenty of people who felt that the Hollywood Foreign Press failed to recognize some major moments and people in film from this year. Those deserving individuals and projects, according to the Internet, included Jordan Peele for Best Director of Get Out, Dee Rees for Best Director of Mudbound, Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, Mudbound for Best Picture – Drama and box-office hit Girls Trip for Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. One person from the latter cast who was especially bothered by the lack of love for the comedy, particularly in terms of the Supporting Role category, was Jada Pinkett Smith.
It all started when the actress tweeted out her congratulations to Mary J. Blige for being nominated for her performance in Mudbound:
She then followed up by making her displeasure known about the nomination missing for her Girls Trip co-star, and arguably one of the biggest breakout stars of the year, Tiffany Haddish:
If you’re thinking, “Why would she be nominated for Girls Trip?” Well, for one, the Golden Globes does occasionally honor tried-and-true comedies, particularly ones that do really well at the box office but are also a critical hit, which Girls Trip was. Not to mention, there are specific categories that encompass both musicals and comedies, and include Best Actress and Actor categories for a “Musical or Comedy.” A similar film, Bridesmaids, was nominated in 2012 for both Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, and Best Actress for Kristen Wiig.
Unfortunately though, while Best Actress for a Musical or Comedy gets its own separate category from drama, the Supporting Actress category includes both drama and musical/comedy stars. With that being said, there were only five slots for the Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture category, and most of the women nominated were heavyweights in dramas:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Alison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Haddish was hilarious, but the chances of the HFP believing her performance outweighed any of the aforementioned isn’t that high. Especially since the HFP is made up of a group of only around 90 people who are foreign journalists.
But this isn’t the first time Pinkett Smith has made her disdain with Hollywood’s awards game known. She and husband Will Smith made headlines back in 2016 for being vocal over what they felt was a lack of diversity in Oscar nominations, so they chose to boycott the show, which many other stars did last year. That year, Smith was snubbed for his work in the film, Concussion.
“Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” she said. I ask the question, have we now come to a new time and place where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of anyone. Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.”
“Here’s what I think. Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power — and we are a dignified people, and we are powerful,” she added while saying we need to use our resources to uplift our own programs and awards shows. “Let’s not forget it.”