One of the exciting things about the New Year is Hollywood’s awards season, a time where the best motion pictures and performances in the industry are recognized and celebrated. The Golden Globe Awards owns a special distinction for being the first awards of the season, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the season.
On Sunday, the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, where yet again, our favorite movie stars came out to honor this tradition and give us a taste of the glitz and glamour that we love to see.
In recent times, we’ve seen several talented African actors and actresses deliver breakout performances that earned them a seat at the table and the bragging rights to being a Golden Globe nominee. Here, we take a look at the Africans who have been nominated for one of Hollywood’s most coveted awards.
When Kenyan-born actress Lupita Nyong’o stepped out in that red Ralph Lauren gown at the Golden Globes in 2014, she commanded everyone’s attention and instantly became America’s sweetheart. She was nominated for her breakthrough performance in “12 Years a Slave.”
The half-Ghanaian, half-Sierra Leonean actor Idris Elba won his very first Golden Globe in 2012 for “Best Actor in a Mini Series” for the TV show “Luther.” This was his second Golden Globe nomination, and he went on two receive four more nominations: two in 2o14 for “Luther” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” as well as two in 2016 for “Beasts of No Nation” and “Luther.”
Although he had previously been nominated four times for the Golden Globes, Chiwetel Ejiofor only became a household name after he delivered a critically acclaimed performance in “12 Years a Slave,”earning him another much deserved nomination in 2014. And while Ejiofor, who is of Nigerian parentage, did not win, he definitely left his mark on history.
The talented Nigerian actress Uzo Aduba has definitely made her mark as one of the most respected women in television. She was nominated for Golden Globes in both 2015 and 2016 for her work as “Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren” on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”
In 1998, Beninese actor Djimon Hounsou became one of the first African-born actors to receive a Golden Globe nomination. He was nominated for the “Best Actor in a Motion Picture –Drama” category for his acclaimed performance in “Amistad.”
Nigerian actor David Oyelowo received his very first Golden Globe nomination in 2015 for his performance in the highly acclaimed film “Selma,” where he played the role of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He went on to receive another nomination in 2016 for his performance in the mini-series “Knightingale.”
Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi made his debut in the 2013 film “Captain Phillip,” where he received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for his excellent performance as ship hijacker and pirate leader Abduwali Muse.