Michaela Coel was entirely shut out of the 2021 Golden Globes nominations, and the snub has angered many in Hollywood – including Deborah Copaken, a writer of one of the more controversially nominated shows, Emily in Paris.
The writer spoke out on social media amid uproar for the lack of nominations for I May Destroy You.
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Emily In Paris is nominated for best TV series, musical or comedy, and lead actress Lily Collins is also up for best actress in a television musical or comedy.
Deborah tweeted that it was “just wrong,” and expanded on her thoughts in a piece for The Guardian.
“Am I excited that Emily in Paris was nominated? Yes. Of course. I’ve never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one,” she wrote.
“But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over Coel’s snub. That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything,” she continued.
“We need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators,” she went on to write.
“Is Hamilton great because Lin-Manuel Miranda is Puerto Rican? No. It’s great because it bangs. By that same token, how anyone can watch I May Destroy You and not call it a brilliant work of art or Michaela Coel a genius is beyond my capacity to understand how these decisions are made.”
“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,” she went on to say of the show.
That said, Michaela Coel just got recognized at another major award show.
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