America Ferrera snubbed in the 2024 Golden Globes
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MIAMI- As the film industry gears up for another award season, the Golden Globes 2024 nominations have dominated the conversation on Monday, not just for the acclaimed performances they recognized but also for the talents and films overlooked. This year, the snubs seem pronounced, particularly in the context of Latino representation and new cinematic achievements.

The underrepresentation of Latino actors in this year's nominations list is a point of contention. Only two Latino actors, Pedro Pascal and Selena Gomez, were among the nominees, a disappointing tally considering the significant contributions of Latino artists to cinema.

This snub extends beyond individual performers to the entire Latin American film industry. Despite several Latin American films being acclaimed globally and even recognized by the Oscars, none found a place in the Golden Globes nominations.

The Case of America Ferrera and Other Actors

The absence of America Ferrera from the nominations list is particularly salient. Known for her past Golden Globe triumphs and her compelling performance in Greta Gerwig's "Barbie," Ferrera's exclusion comes a significant omission.

And the Golden Globes had another chance to recognize Ferrera's outstanding work. She steals the show in "Dirty Money," the movie about the GameStop stock run during the pandemic.

Likewise, Gael García Bernal, who delivered an outstanding performance in "Cassandro,"was left out of the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category. This snub points to a pattern of neglecting Latino actors who have delivered critically acclaimed performances.

Penélope Cruz was widely expected to be a shoo-in for her supporting role in "Ferrari", but there was also no love for her at the 2024 Golden Globes nominations.

Eugenio Derbez´s fantastic performance of teacher Sergio Juárez in "Radical" was also ignored, as well as Eva Longoria's directorial debut in the movie "Flamin'hot'". Glorious Annie González deserved at least a nomination for her work as Judy Montañez, the wife of Richard Montañez (Jesse García) who in the movie is presented as the creator of Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

Latin American Cinema: A Forgotten Segment

The Golden Globes' overlooking of Latin American films is a significant oversight. Acclaimed movies like "The Settlers" from Chile and "Tótem" from Mexico were conspicuously absent from the Golden Globes' radar. This omission is not just a snub to individual films but a dismissive gesture toward an entire region's cinematic output.

At least, J.A. Bayona's "La sociedad de la nieve" is nominated in the Best Foreign Film category.

In comparison, here are all the Latin American films accepted by the Oscars to compete for nominations in the same category:

Argentina, "The Delinquents"
Bolivia, "The Visitor"
Brazil, "Pictures of Ghosts"
Chile, "The Settlers"
Colombia, "Un Varón"
Costa Rica, "I Have Electric Dreams"
Dominican Republic, "Cuarencena"
Mexico, "Totem"
Panama, "Tito, Margot and Me"
Paraguay, "The Last Runway 2, Comando Yaguarete"
Peru, "The Erection of Toribio Bardelli"
Uruguay, "Family Album"
Venezuela, "The Shadow of the Sun"

Other 2024 Golden Globes Notable snubs

Several notable films and TV shows were surprisingly omitted from this year's nominee list. Despite its strong showing in the film festival circuit and featuring acclaimed actors like Adam Driver and Cruz, Michael Mann's "Ferrari" did not receive any nominations. Similarly, George Clooney's "The Boys in the Boat" and Ava DuVernay's "Origin" were also left out. Another big snub was "The Color Purple."

In the realm of television, "The Morning Show," starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, wasn't included in any of the Best Series categories, raising eyebrows among TV enthusiasts and critics alike.

Hollywood's Ongoing Struggle with Diversity

The 2024 Golden Globe nominations highlight once again the ongoing struggle within Hollywood to adequately represent the diversity of talent and storytelling in the industry. The underrepresentation of Latino talent and the overlooking of Latin American cinema underscore a broader issue of inclusivity and recognition in the film industry.

As Hollywood continues to grapple with these challenges, the role of major award ceremonies like the Golden Globes becomes increasingly significant. They not only have the power to celebrate achievements but also the responsibility to reflect the industry's diversity and progress.

The findings from the sixth annual report by the non-profit Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC) in 2023 paint a concerning picture of representation in the entertainment and media industries.

The LDC's 2023 report highlights a persistently low percentage of Latino leads in U.S. television shows, which only increased marginally from 2.6% in 2022 to 3.3% in 2023. This figure is strikingly disproportionate considering that Latinos make up about 19.1% of the U.S. population. This underrepresentation is not only a matter of numerical imbalance but also reflects a missed opportunity to portray the diverse experiences and stories of a significant segment of the U.S. populace.

In the film industry, the scenario is similarly disheartening. Latinos remain severely underrepresented in leading roles, with only a slight increase from 5.1% to 5.7% in representation. This stagnation in growth is noteworthy, especially against the backdrop of the Latino population nearly doubling from about 31 million in 1998 to nearly 63 million. The report's observation that the entertainment industry remains largely unmoved by the demographic shifts in the Latino population underscores a deep-rooted issue within Hollywood.

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