The 2014 Golden Globe Awards made for a long night for viewers, but the three-hour show was all worth it when we saw “12 Years a Slave” win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama.
Hope was just about lost for any African American nominees when the “12 Years a Slave” win was announced as the last award of the night. All of the film’s stars — Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Ngony’o, and Michael Fastbender — and even the movie’s director Steve McQueen had been past over for awards in their respective categories of Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. On top of that, Don Cheadle failed to take home the Golden Globe as the Best Actor in a TV series, as did Idris Elba who also saw no victories arise from his “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” nominations.
Nevertheless, the “12 Years a Slave” win was a monumental one for black actors Sunday night and eliminated what could have been a major upset for African American actors and actresses. In his acceptance speech, Steve McQueen admitted the win was a surprise — if not a pleasant one for viewers all around. Still, if the Golden Globes proves to be a preview of what we can expect for the Academy Awards in March, this may be a very disappointing award season. For now though, we’ll relish in the success of “12 Years a Slave” and offer a hearty congrats to Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Lupita Ngony’o!
What do you think about their win?