Last night, the 72nd Golden Globes ceremony aired to honor the best of television and film from the 2014 season, as decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Though traditionally a night of indulgence and fanfare, this year the Globes included touches of social and political consciousness, as winners acknowledged both contemporary and historic social movements.
Speeches referenced the attack on Charlie Hedbo in France, censorship from North Korea, and the growing opportunity for women in media. Of the most memorable moments of the evening, Common's speech for Best Original Song centered on the solidarity he experienced while working on Selma.
The speeches underscored a more prominent shift in the Hollywood paradigm- the recognition of television as the purveyor of diverse and inclusive programming. Shows that feature diverse casts and subject matters ranging from a pregnant virgin, incarceration, and a transgender parent, like Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, and Transparent all were honored Sunday evening over more traditional programming.
A reason for this shift may be the decline of network cable shows and rise of alternative streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon. In the absence of large, often constraining corporate governing bodies that are reluctant to change, Netflix and Amazon have created content that is founded upon showcasing diverse and untold stories. Transparent, the Amazon original series that follows a family with a transgender father, claimed two globes, one for Best TV Series and one for Best Actor.
After winning, Tambor. a cisgender man, delivered a heartfelt speech where he referenced the evolving climate around gender identity and thanked the transgender community for the opportunity to be "a part of the change."
What did you think of last night’s winners? Have you noticed a shift in television storytelling? Why is diverse and inclusive storytelling important? Do you seek out television and films that include diverse perspectives? Though significant advances have been made, there is still a long way to go especially in terms of employing diverse actors for diverse stories. How do we work to make media more inclusive and more representative of those who watch it?