TV proved itself not just a medium for women, but especially one for women of color, with this year’s Golden Globes nominations.
Six actresses of color — Queen Latifah, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Uzo Aduba, Regina King and Gina Rodriguez — were nominated for their TV work, while a grand total of zero were nominated in the women’s film acting categories. To borrow from Davis’s historic Emmy speech from earlier this year: "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an [award] for roles that are simply not there." Catch up, film industry.
In other Globes news, Lily Tomlin and Alicia Vikander each scored two nods, Tomlin for her starring roles in "Grandma" and Netflix’s "Grace and Frankie," Vikander for her lead role in "The Danish Girl" and her supporting one in "Ex Machina."
Unlike the Oscars, plenty of female-centric movies were nominated for Best Picture in both the drama and comedy/musical categories: "Carol" (which led the pack with five nods) "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Room" in the former; "Joy," "Spy" and "Trainwreck" in the latter.
The Best Actress film drama category consisted of exactly who you’d expect: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for "Carol," Brie Larson for "Room," Saoirse Ronan for "Brooklyn" and Vikander for "The Danish Girl." The Best Actress film comedy category had more surprises. Nominated alongside Tomlin were perennial nominee Jennifer Lawrence for "Joy" (which is in no way a comedy, but whatever) and a trio of dark horses: Maggie Smith in "The Lady in the Van," Amy Schumer for "Trainwreck" and Melissa McCarthy for "Spy."
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s "Mustang" was the only female-directed movie to be nominated in any category; it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
The TV drama nominations were dominated by male-led series, but female-centric shows made up four of the five TV comedy nominees: "Mozart in the Jungle," "Orange is the New Black," "Transparent" and Veep."
Here are the 2015 Golden Globes’ female-centric nominees.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Motion Picture, Comedy
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
Best TV Series, Drama
Empire – With showrunner Ilene Chaiken
Best TV Series, Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange Is the New Black
Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
American Horror Story: Hotel
Flesh and Bone
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lilly Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh & Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie