It’s been a big year in black cinema so far, with both Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman being nominated as Best Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes.
Black Panther was nominated for two other awards including Best Original Song, Motion Picture and Ludwig Göransson for Best Original Score, while BlacKkKlansman garnered four nominations, including Spike Lee for Best Director, Motion Picture, John David Washington for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama and Adam Driver for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Black Panther made history by being the only superhero film to ever be nominated for Best Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes and it already has Oscar Buzz.
“I think there are a lot of amazing artists that helped to make that movie and it would be wonderful if they could be recognized,” said Black Panther producer Kevin Feige to Vox. “Almost everyone involved in that movie, bringing that movie together, is great, and it would be wonderful to see if they’re recognized. We’ll see. This genre, typically not.”
Washington, 34, also made history for being apart of one of the first father and son pairs to both be nominated for Golden Globes, as his father, Denzel Washington has been nominated nine times himself and even won the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award in 2016.
Ron Stallworth, the real cop who infiltrated the KKK and who wrote the book, BlacKkKlansman is based off of, told The Hollywood Reporter that he originally wanted to see Denzel play the role of himself when his book first started to become optioned in Hollywood.
“I was 25 when this occurred and Denzel is in his 60s,” he said. “When it turned out to be his son who got the role, I chuckled at the irony.”
Washington told THR that he and his dad were able to watch the nominations together on Tuesday morning.
“When they called the name, it was like super slow motion — I heard the ‘Johhh’ and then he grabbed me and we hugged for what felt like ten minutes,” he said. “We just held on to each other. And then my mom was on speaker phone because she was on a flight headed to an audition — she is up for a Hamlet in Chicago — so she was in the zone going to an audition. But she was crying and saying she loved me and was proud of me. It was a straight tear session.”
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be hosting the 76th Golden Globes on Jan. 6, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.