Jada Pinkett Smith has called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after two of the year’s most acclaimed and successful films were snubbed by the Golden Globes.
Girls Trip, with an all-black female lead cast, and The Big Sick, produced by and starring Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani, received no nominations despite being widely acclaimed by critics and smashing the box office.
Pinkett Smith took particular issue with the fact Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish didn’t receive a nomination, and that the HFPA judges wouldn’t even agree to a screening of Girls Trip (a necessary step for the film to be a potential Golden Globes nominee).
“I have so much to say on why Tiffany Haddish was not nominated for a Globe…but I won’t,” she tweeted overnight. “Actually I will…here we go.
“”I’m not upset about Tiffany Haddish or Girls Trip Movie not getting a nom … I’m discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/Golden Globes wouldn’t even WATCH the movie.
“Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn’t get eyes on the film or a press conference,” she claimed.
“How could a [nomination] happen and how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening? But yet…Tiff has been asked to present at their ceremony.
“This isn’t about shaming, this is about the need for discussion of an antiquated system,” the actress, who starred in Girls Trip, explained.
“And I dare not invalidate all the many journalist and people from all walks of life who have supported this movie by defining the issue as simply …racism.
“Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board.
“The fact that the brilliance of The Big Sick went unnoticed and the fact that one of the most prolific films of the year, Get Out is considered a comedy … illuminates the depths of the sunken place…for real,” Pinkett Smith wrote.
“Moments like this occur so that we have an opportunity to discuss, recreate and regenerate old paradigms.
“It’s all about growth. Love.”
Jada, the wife of Will Smith, boycotted the 2016 Oscars to protest lack of diversity, so it’s unlikely we’ll see her at the Golden Globes on January 7.