Bridgerton Has Zero Golden Globe Nominations and People Are Scandalized

Meanwhile, Emily In Paris has two major nominations.

(SPOT.ph) Bridgerton dropped like a sexy Regency-era drama bomb over the globe in Decemeber of 2020—much to the holiday delight of around 82 million households. The show was so huge that it promptly became Netflix's biggest series to date, and with its release started huge, and sometimes heated, discussions on everything from the costumes to setting, and of course, feminism and racism (plus, of course, the Duke). So we need to ask, why does Netflix's Shondaland-produced series have absolutely zero Golden Globe nominations?

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The award-giving body released the official list of nominees in the morning of February 3, U.S. time. This list of honored titles will vie to be called the best of the best of U.S. media at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards—and it looks like people are finding their pickings very problematic. 

With Netflix being as huge as it is now, several of its titles landed major nominations. The Old Hollywood black-and-white movie Mank and historical drama The Crown landed six nominations each, leading film and television titles respectively. Unsurprisingly, the American-Argentine-British actress Anya Taylor-Joy was nominated for best actress on a limited series for the very addicting period drama The Queen's Gambit—very surprisingly, Lily Collins was also nominated best actress on a TV show for Emily In Paris

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The fact that Emily In Paris managed to score two whole nominations—the other being for "Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy"—while Bridgerton chalked up zero has people way more scandalized than that honeymoon episode of the Duke and Duchess, and for far more serious reasons. Many U.S. publications have pointed to the rampant lack of works by people of color in the nominations, something that happens basically on an annual basis; The Cut released a piece by  Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz that succinctly expressed everyone's feelings in the headline: "What a Joke."

Deborah Copaken, a writer for Emily In Paris, talked about her disbelief that the show—which came under extreme fire for its ridiculous take on the life of a social media expat—had any nominations at all. "Emily in Paris aired a few months after I’d spent June and July marching for racial justice through the streets of New York with my kids. I could definitely see how a show about a white American selling luxury whiteness, in a pre-pandemic Paris scrubbed free of its vibrant African and Muslim communities, might rankle," she wrote on The Guardian.

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But far more glaring than the lack of Bridgerton nods at the Golden Globes, as Copaken points out, is the complete absence of Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You. The show, "was not only my favorite show of 2020. It’s my favorite show ever. It takes the complicated issue of a rape—I’m a sexual assault survivor myself—and infuses it with heart, humor, pathos and a story constructed so well, I had to watch it twice, just to understand how Coel did it," said Copaken.

I May Destroy You, which aired on HBO in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K., follows Arabella (Coel), a successful millennial writer struggling to make sense of her life after being sexually assaulted. "'That show,' I told everyone who would listen, 'deserves to win all the awards.'" 

So while people decry the Golden Globes snub of Bridgerton, and many other very deserving titles, we'll be streaming I May Destroy You on HBO Go to see what all the buzz is about. At the same time commiserating with the angry Bridgerton fans below:

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