Tiffany Haddish was once a background actor working in Los Angeles and essential a far reach from becoming 2017’s breakout comedy star. But, her outstanding performance on Girls Trip skyrocketed her acting career. However, as presenters read out the names of Golden Globes nominees on Monday, Haddish’s name never appeared. It was a huge snub that upset movie lovers and industry reporters.
On Monday afternoon, after the Golden Globes were announced, Haddish’s co-star Jada Pinkett Smith hinted on Twitter that she had some issues with Haddish’s snub, but she declined to expound. On Tuesday, Pinkett Smith clarified her comments.
“I’m not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom,” Pinkett Smith wrote in a Twitter thread Tuesday afternoon, “I’m discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn’t even WATCH the movie.”
“Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer and Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn’t get eyes on the film or a press conference,” she continued. “How could a nom happen and how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening?”
The issue centers around which movies and performances get considered. This is a point Vanity Fair brought up in a recent article about The Golden Globes snubs. “The fact that both Haddish and Girls Trip at large were shut out continues a troubling awards-season tendency—that of ignoring black art that doesn’t center on suffering,” writes Yohana Desta.
Pinkett Smith continued that the point was not to shame Hollywood but to point out that the industry must broaden “its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board.”
“The fact that the brilliance of The Big Sick went unnoticed and the fact that one of the most prolific films of the year Get Out is considered a comedy ... illuminates the depths of the sunken place ... for real,” she wrote.