Golden Globes 2022 Nominations Diversity Report Card

The nominations for the 79th Golden Globe Awards were announced on 13 December 2021 by rapper Snoop Dogg and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Helen Hoehne. The ceremony does not currently have a telecast partner, but is still scheduled to take place on 9 January 2022. 

In total, there are 125 nominations (25 categories with five nominations each). Overall diversity average per category  is 2.64 out of 5  or 52 percent if women and women over 50 are included. 

Under represented groups include Hispanic/Latino, Asians and Native Americans. LGBTQ and people with disabilities are also under represented.

People who are over-represented are Black or People of Sub-Saharan descent and Jewish people. Nominees include an African Irish woman and an African French man. 

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Women and Representation

Of that, 55 nominations are open and non-gender specific. With the four shared leads that gives a total of 25 women in non-gender specific nominations for the percentage is 45 percent although women are 51 percent of the total population. Excluding the four shared leads, that representation drops to 38 percent. 

  1. Best Motion Picture – Drama
  2. Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  3. Best Motion Picture – Animated
  4. Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language (Formerly Foreign Language)
  5. Best Director – Motion Picture
  6. Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
  7. Best Original Score – Motion Picture
  8. Best Original Song – Motion Picture
  9. Best Television Series – Drama
  10. Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
  11. Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Motion Picture – Drama 

Only one of the five have a female lead, “CODA.” That is only 20 percent when women are 51 percent of the population.

“CODA”   is about disability, (hearing). According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Discorders, 15 percent of adult aged 18 and older have hearing problems. 

Only one film, features a minority, “King Richard.” African Americans are 13 percent of the US population, but in Los Angeles County, only nine percent. 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

In this category, two have female leads, “Don’t Look Up” and “West Side Story.” Jennifer Lawrence’s role in “Don’t Look Up”  is as the student of the male lead. In “West Side Story,” the main action is the men with the women suffering the consequences. The other three, “Cyrano,” “Licorice Pizza” and “Tick, Tick…Boom!” are male leads. The first two focus on the pursuit of a love interest.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Three of these have a female lead: “Encanto,” “My Sunny Maad,” and “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

For minorities, “Flee” centers on a West Asian (or MENA) and “Raya” on South Asians. “My Sunny Maad” is set in West Asia. 

“Flee” centers on a gay Muslim man.

Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language (Formerly Foreign Language)

Two female led films (“Compartment No. 6” and “Parallel Mothers”). 

One film is from Asia (Japan), “Drive My Car.” “A Hero” takes place in Iran (MENA or West Asian). 

Best Director – Motion Picture

Of the five directors, there are two female directors. Jane Campion is 67 and from New Zealand.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

One woman is represented here. 

The only minority represented is Aaron Sorkin as Jewish. 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Here there are one female composers (Germaine Franco for “Encanto”). 

She is also Latina. Another Latino is represented by Spanish composter Alberto Iglesias. 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Three of these had female songwriters (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for “Be Alive,” Carole King and Jennifer Hudson (“Here I Am (Sining My Way Home)”, and Billie Eilish (With Finneas O’Connor) for “No Time to Die”).

 For minorities, Latinos are represented by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”) and African Americans are represented by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Dixson for the same song, “Be Alive,” from “King Richard.” . 

Best Television Series – Drama

Here I have two will a female lead (“The Morning Show” and “Pose”). “Pose” is MJ Rodriguez, who is trans and also Latina. 

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Female leads on “The Great,” “Hacks” and a shared lead on “Only Murders in the Building,” (Selena Gomez) and “Reservation Dogs.” Those two also count for minority leads (Latina and Native American). 

Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

In this category, four of the five have female leads: “Impeachment: American Crime,” “Maid,” “Mare of Easton” and “The Underground Railroad.”  In the last series, the female lead is from South Africa.

Women over 50

Six categories for actresses has 30 nominations.  Seven of the nominees are over 50. That would be 23 percent. Women 50 and over are 20 percent of the population. 

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) is over 50 (52) and counts as under-represented and she is from Australia so she could, like Campion be considered Pacific Islander.  So that would be one out of five. Without inclusion into Pacific Islander, this category has no ethnic diversity. 

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

None of the actresses in this category is 50 or over. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) is African American and 52 so that is one out of five. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Both Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”), 52, and Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”), 69, would make it two out of five. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Jean Smart (“Hacks”) is  70 for one out of five. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role on Television

Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”), 60, and Andie MacDowell (“Maid”), 63, qualify for one out of five.

Summation

If we add the female lead characters of the movies, there are none in Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy or as the lead in Best Motion Picture – Drama. That would be zero for 10.

For Non-English Language Motion Pictures, there is zero for five. For Best Television – Drama there is one of five (Jennifer Aniston). For Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy there is zero so zero for five.

For the Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, all the women are under 50 for zero for five. 

Adding these six  categories would make 60 nominations of which only adds one more nomination to  represent women 50 and over for a total of eight out of 60 for 13 percent

Minority Nominations and Diversity Scores 

1. Best Motion Picture – Drama: Diversity Score = 1/5

Only one of these films features a lead character that is not considered White: “King Richard.” One out of five for Black actor. “CODA” is about disability, however, the lead character is not disabled. 

2. Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Diversity Score = 3/5

“Cyrano” features a lead actor who has achondroplasia. The subject of “Tick, Tick…Boom!,” Jonathan Larson was Jewish. “West Side Story” is about conflict with the Puerto Rican community in New York City. 

3. Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language: Diversity Score = 3/5

One film is from Japan (“Drive My Car”). One film is about Iran, “A Hero,”  (MENA or West Asia). One film is from Spain (“Parallel Mothers”). 

4. Best Motion Picture – Animated: Diversity Score = 3/5

“Encanto” is about a family in Columbia with a female Latina lead (Mirabel). “Flee” is about a man who is gay, Muslim and from West Asia (Afghanistan or MENA). “My Sunny Maad” takes place in Afghanistan, but the POV character is White (Czech). “Raya and the Last Dragon” takes place in South Asia with inspirations taken from inspired by the Southeast Asian cultures of Brunei, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Cambodia,  Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  

5. Best Director – Motion Picture: Diversity Score = 3/5

Of the directors nominated, two are Jewish: Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”) and Steven Spielberg (West Side Story). Two directors are women (Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”).

6. Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Diversity Score = 2/5

Aaron Sorkin (“Being the Ricardos”) is the only minority in this category (Jewish). One woman is nominated: Campion. 

7. Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Diversity Score =2/5

Germaine Franco (“Encanto”) is Latina (Tex-Mex). Alberto Iglesias (“Parallel Mothers”) is also Latino. 

8. Best Original Song – Motion Picture: Diversity Score = 4/5

Dixson, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for “Be Alive” from “King Richard” are African American. Carole King is Jewish and Jennifer Hudson is African American for   “Here I am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect.” Lin-Manuel Miranda is Latino and nominated for “Dos Oruguitas”  from “Encanto.” 

9. Best Television Series – Drama: Diversity Score = 3/5

“Lupin” has a Black male lead. “Pose” (FX) is about the New York City’s African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming drag ball culture scene. “Squid Game” (Netflix) has a predominately South Korean cast. Women are central to “The Morning Show.” 

10. Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Diversity Score = 4/5

“Only Murders in the Building” has a Latina (Selena Gomez) as one of the leads. “Reservation Dogs” is about Native Americans. Women are central to “The Great” and “Hacks.” 

11. Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Diversity Score = 4/5

Only “The Underground Railroad” seems to have minority representation (African American). 

12. Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Diversity Score = 1/5

Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)  is from Australia but generally isn’t included in Pacific Islander. So zero for five. 

13. Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Diversity Score = 4/5

Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”), Will Smith (“King Richard”) and Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) are African American. With 3 out of five, that would be 60 percent of this category is African American.  

Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”) is Latino (Spanish). 

Ali is also Muslim. 

14. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Diversity Score = 2/5

Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) is Jewish. Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) is Latina. 

15. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Diversity Score = 3/5

Peter Dinklage (“Cyrano”) has achondroplasia which is a recognized condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act. .

Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick…Boom!”) is Jewish.

Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”) is Latino (Puerto Rico).

16. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Pictur: Diversity Score = 2/5

Ariana Debose (“West Side Story”) African American and Puerto Rican.

Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) is African American and 52. 

Ruth Negga (Passing) is African Irish. 

17. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Diversity Score = 1/5

Troy Kotsur (CODA) has a hearing disability. 

18. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Diversity Score = 4/5

Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”) is African American 

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (“Pose”) is African American and trans. 

19. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama: Diversity Score = 3/5

Lee Jung-Jae (“Squid Game”) is Korean

Billy Porter (“Pose”) is African American.

Omar Sy (“Lupin”) is African French.

20. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Diversity Score = 4/5

Issa Rae (“Insecure”) is African American

Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) is African American.

Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”) is Jewish.

21. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Diversity Score = 1/5

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) is African American.

22. Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Diversity Score = 1/5

Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”) is African British.

23. Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Diversity Score = 2/5

Oscar Isaac (“Scenes from a Marriage”) is Latino  (Guatemalan/Cuban).

Tahar Rahim (“The Serpent”) is Algerian French (MENA) and Muslim. 

24. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role on Television: Diversity Score = 2/5

Sarah Snook (“Succession”) is Australian, but I won’t counter her under Pacific Islander. 

25. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television: Diversity Score = 2/5

O Yeong-Su (“Squid Game”) is South Korean. Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”) is Jewish. 

Summation

Overall diversity average  is 2.64 or 52 percent if women and women over 50 are included. As noted above, women are under represented in general. 

Under represented

Hispanic/Latino representation is only 10 percent although nationally they are 19 percent of the population and 49 percent of LA County population.

Asians are also under-represented at 4 percent although they are 5.9 percent of the US population and 15 percent of LA County population. 

A TV series about Native Americans was nominated and that makes .08 percent although Native Americans make up 1.3 percent of the national population and 1.4 of LA County. 

I couldn’t find MENA statistical information although a national estimate puts it at 2.5 percent of the population and the nominations is about 2 percent.

According to a Gallup study, 5.6 percent of the US population identify as LGBT. In Los Angeles County (including Orange County) is about 4.6 percent identify as LGBTQ. The percentage of nominations I estimated were only at 2 percent. 

According to a government study, 26 percent of adults in the US have some type of disability. Of that 5.9 percent have deafness or a seriously hearing problem. According to a study of LA County, about 22.6 percent of adults in LA County have a disability. I requested statistical information from the Little People of America

Over Represented

Black or People of Sub-Saharan descent are 16 percent although they are 13 percent of the national population and only 9 percent of LA County population.

Jewish people comprise 1.9 percent of the national population and 5.9 of Los Angeles County but account for 7 percent of the nominations. 

 

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