January 9 2017
THERE was disappointment last night for both Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.
Both were up for Golden Globes.
Riz Ahmed lost out to fellow Brit Tom Hiddlestone (“The Night Manager”) in a Best Performance by an Actor in Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category.
However, there was greater cheer for Black America and British actors and productions triumphed elsewhere.
Ahmed attended the ceremony, but has not reacted publicly. He did however post a picture of himself with star Cuba Gooding Jnr, promoting his efforts to raise money for children caught up in the terrible conflict in Syria.
— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) January 8, 2017
Patel made a presentation with his child co-star Sunny Pawar from the “Lion” film. See the video below.
Bollywood and US TV sensation star Priyanka Chopra walked the red carpet and is reported to have presented an award on the evening.
Despite not winning, Ahmed and Patel’s profile will have been helped by just having been nominated.
“The Night of” the American crime drama in which Ahmed starred as a young New York Muslim accused of murder was critically acclaimed and won huge ratings. Ahmed was widely praised for his sensitive and vulnerable portrayal of a man who finds the world is stacked against him as he fights to maintain his innocence. It screened in the UK on Sky.
The TV drama series lost out to “The People v O.J Simpson: American Crime Story” (which was screened by BBC 2 in the UK) in the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Patel lost out to Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. The Brit won for his role in “Nocturnal Animals”. Patel was nominated for his role in “Lion”.
Starring alongside Nicole Kidman (as his on screen adult mother), Patel plays an adopted Indian street child who rediscovers his Indian heritage by chance and goes on a journey of discovery. The Indian segment, showing Patel as a child (played by Sunny Pawar) is as exhilarating as it is sad in the end.
“Lion” also lost out to “Moonlight” in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category.
A coming age of drama about a young black boy who matures into a young man in a troubled part of Florida, it has won many plaudits. Its star Mahersala Ali though missed out in the actor category in the film section.
Viola Davis took the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her role in the adaptation of the US play, “Fences”, which is about race and division.
“Atlanta”, the US TV series about two budding rap black musicians won the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Donald Glover took the best acting award for the TV series category.
Tracee Ellis Ross won the award for the Best Performance in TV Series, Musical or Comedy.
“The Night Manager”, the BBC TV adapted series from a novel by John Le Carré, was also successful. As well as Hiddlestone, Olivia Colman won in the Best Performance in an Actress in a Supporting Role in A Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Hugh Laurie won in the acting TV acting category for a supporting male role.
The British made “The Crown” also won last night, its star Claire Foy, who stars as young Elizabeth II won the best actress in a TV series section. The production also took home the Best TV drama series.
The musical film, “La La Land” was the biggest winner of the evening.
Organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the awards are seen as an indicator who may triumph at The Oscars which will be held towards the end of next month.
If you are interested in the debate about diversity and black success at the globes, watch this
Full list of winners and nominees here
Previously (with links to acv stories on ‘The Night of’ & ‘Lion’)