The 74th Golden Globes was a successful awards show in the sense that it was home to a handful of memorable moments that will likely be talked about for years. Lauded productions received their nod going into Oscar season next month, surprise contenders won big and history was even made. Black Hollywood, in particular, had a night full of wins. 

Tracee Ellis Ross of Black-ish left the night with a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical TV Series, becoming the first black woman to win the award since Debbie Allen won it for Fame in 1983.

“This is for all of the women, women of color—colorful people,” Ross said during her first night at the event, “I see you; we see you. It is an honor to be on this show, Black-ish.”

Donald Glover continued to reap the rewards of an excellent 2016 when FX’s critical darling Atlanta won the award for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy. The show’s creator, star and co-executive producer delivered an acceptance speech only he could by celebrating Atlanta’s black population, including the rap trio know as Migos.

“I just really want to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta. For real,” he said. “Just for being alive and doing amazing and being amazing people. I couldn’t be here without Atlanta. And I really want to thank the Migos—not for being in the show—but for making ‘Bad and Boujee.’ Like that’s the best song ever.”

Glover’s night was far from over, as he went on to win an award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical TV Series.

Viola Davis was next in line, as her work in Fences earned her her very first Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role.

“To all the people who believed in this piece of work. It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream moneymaker. But it does scream art. It does scream heart,” said Davis, after thanking her costar and director, Denzel Washington.

To finish off the night full of success stories, Moonlight took home the award for Best Motion Picture—Drama.

“There’s a myth of what a film with a cast that looks like this, where it can show,” said director Barry Jenkins. “This movie has defied those perceptions.”

The critically acclaimed coming of age story won the final award of the night and capped off an evening that was in strong contrast to the mostly white award winners of years past.



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