The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards early Monday morning. Of those who received a nod, many were expected for films like The Irishman, Joker and Marriage Story. But as has become the usual pattern for the HFPA, and despite a wealth of talent to pull from, the Golden Globes came up short when singling out Latinos in the industry for accolades.
Yet, a couple of major nominations did go to a pair of deserving Latina actresses: Jennifer Lopez and Ana de Armas.
Nuyorican actor-singer-producer Jennifer Lopez was a favorite for the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category and the HFPA did not disappoint. Lopez, who nabbed a win for Best Supporting Actress from the L.A. Film Critics Association and a Critics Choice nomination on Saturday, said of the awards buzz for her role in Hustlers: “It is so humbling to even be mentioned in that conversation. It’s honestly overwhelming! I’ve been blessed to have a long career and for this to be happening now, I feel like I’ve already won.”
In the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Cuban star Ana de Armas was recognized for playing the protagonist in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery comedy Knives Out. On de Armas’ role as nurse Marta Cabrera, our critic wrote: “A character like her, the daughter of an undocumented woman, in a movie that’ll open in every multiplex across the country over a holiday weekend is a figure of groundbreaking magnitude. Because of the times, one could dare say Marta Cabrera is the defining fictional woman of the year, and de Armas’ launchpad for even greater roles with similar substance.”
Out of 125 nominations across 25 categories, only two went to Latinos.
The Golden Globe Awards will air January 20, 2020, on NBC at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET).