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Episode 44: Diversity the Winner at Golden Globes

Rami Malek and his mother Nelly Malek attend the 2019 Fox Nominee Party for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

From best performance by an actor in a drama movie to the best animated movie of the year, diversity shun bright in Hollywood.

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Italian

Questa edizione dei Golden Globe Awards è stata elogiata per aver premiato una gamma diversa di vincitori. Dal premio come migliore attore a quello al miglior film d'animazione dell'anno, le differenze hanno brillato a Hollywood.

Criticata a lungo per la sua mancanza di diversità, Hollywood ha camminato sul tappeto rosso domenica scorsa e celebrato il meglio al cinema e in televisione in occasione degli annuali Golden Globes Awards.

Ma oltre a premiare i migliori risultati creativi, quest'anno la cerimonia ha inviato un forte messaggio di inclusività e diversità nell'industria.

Ai Golden Globes 2019, la diversità non era presente solo nelle candidature, ma anche nei vincitori scelti dalla giuria.

Sandra Oh, che è passata alla storia come la prima donna asiatica a condurre un grande spettacolo dedicato ai premi cinematografici negli Stati Uniti, ha iniziato la serata con un discorso commovente.

"I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. Next year could be different, it probably will be, but right now this moment is real. Trust me. It is real. because I see you and I see you. All of these faces of change and now, so will everyone else."

Oh ha condotto la serata insieme a Andy Samberg e si è portata a casa il suo secondo Globe per la serie drammatica Killing Eve.

Tra gli altri vincitori selezionati dalla Hollywood Foreign Press Association ci sono stati altri artisti provenienti da diversi background culturali, anche in alcune delle categorie più prestigiose.

La star egiziana-americana Rami Malek ha vinto il premio come migliore attore per il suo straordinario ritratto di Freddie Mercury, il cantante della rock band britannica Queen.

Malek ha ringraziato i membri dei Queen Brian May e Roger Taylor per aver incluso la diversità nella loro musica.

"And of course, to Queen. To you, Brian May, and to you, Roger Taylor. For ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us. Than you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man."

La diversità è risultata palese anche in diverse altre categorie.

Il premio per il miglior film d'animazione è stato assegnato a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, nel quale una versione del supereroe è un adolescente afro-latino.

Il film è stato codiretto da Peter Ramsey, un regista afro-americano che ha dichiarato che tutti, di qualunque razza, possono essere supereroi.

"Anyone can have this kind of experience. Anyone can share in this myth, in this kind of legend, be this kind of hero, want this kind of thing, and the story of Miles Morales was a way to crystallise all those feelings into one character - this African-American Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn. Anyone can wear the mask. Everyone is powerful, everyone is necessary. We are all counting on you and that's the spirit of this movie."

Il premio per la migliore commedia è andato a Green Book, un film sulla relazione tra un pianista afro-americano e il suo autista italo-americano.

Mahershala Ali, che nel film interpreta il pianista afro-americano, ha vinto il premio come miglior attore non protagonista.

Un altro vincitore ai Golden Globes, Darren Criss, si è guadagnato gli applausi del pubblico quando ha ringraziato la madre filippina per essere immigrata in America anni fa.

"As we've seen, this has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny, tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. I know mom you are watching this. You are hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you. Congratulations to all of you. This is totally awesome."

English

Long criticised for its lack of diversity, Hollywood hit the red carpet on Sunday for the annual Golden Globes Awards to celebrate the best of film and television.

But other than awarding outstanding creative achievements, this year the ceremony sent a strong message of inclusivity and diversity in the industry.

At the 2019 Golden Globes, diversity wasn't just in the nominees, but also in the winners selected by the jury.

Sandra Oh, who made history as the first Asian woman to host a major awards show in the United States, started the night with an emotional speech.

"I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. Next year could be different, it probably will be, but right now this moment is real. Trust me. It is real. because I see you and I see you. All of these faces of change and now, so will everyone else."

Oh hosted the night with Andy Samberg and took home her second Globe for the drama series, Killing Eve.

Among other winners selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were several performers from diverse backgrounds, including in some of the most prestigious categories.

Egyptian-American star Rami Malek was awarded the best actor for his extraordinary portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of British rock band - Queen.

Malek thanked Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor for ensuring diversity in their music.

"And of course, to Queen. To you, Brian May, and to you, Roger Taylor. For ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us. Than you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man."

Diversity was also notable in a variety of other categories.

Best animated movie went to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which a version of the superhero is an Afro-Latino teenager.

The film was co-directed by Peter Ramsey, an African-American film-maker, who says anyone from any race can be a superhero.

"Anyone can have this kind of experience. Anyone can share in this myth, in this kind of legend, be this kind of hero, want this kind of thing, and the story of Miles Morales was a way to crystallise all those feelings into one character - this African-American Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn. Anyone can wear the mask. Everyone is powerful, everyone is necessary. We are all counting on you and that's the spirit of this movie."

Best comedy went to Green Book, a film about the relationship between an African-American pianist and his Italian-American driver.

Mahershala Ali, who played the African-American pianist in the film, won the best performance by an actor in a supporting role.

Another Golden Globes winner, Darren Criss, won cheers from the audience as he thanked his Filipino mother for migrating to America years ago.

"As we've seen, this has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny, tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. I know mom you are watching this. You are hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you. Congratulations to all of you. This is totally awesome."

Report by Joy Joshi

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