The Golden Globe Awards nominations were revealed last week, on December 11, and they have already stirred up controversy. The announcement was met with harsh criticism on social media platforms for lack of diversity. The fact that all the nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, Drama, and TV Drama are white did not sit well with some of the fans. In fact, they were quick to express their displeasure via Twitter, as shared by Diply.
But that’s not all that people have found not quite to their liking when it comes to the 2018 Golden Globes nominees. Another person who found herself at the receiving end of the Internet backlash was Katherine Langford. For her work in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, the actress was nominated for the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.
However, seeing as the show is controversial in its portrayal of mental illness and suicide, notions which many claim have been romanticized in the series, a great number of people felt that it was inappropriate to praise it by nominating it for such a prestigious award.
A controversial show
13 Reasons Why is a drama-mystery show which revolves around high school student Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette). His friend Hannah (Katherine Langford) commits suicide and reveals the thirteen reasons why she did it in a prerecorded series of cassette tapes. While, obviously, the show treats some very difficult themes and subjects, it doesn’t really offer any helpful education on the issues it deals with. The actress, however, defended the way mental health was depicted, and in an interview with Deadline said, “The show may not necessarily be the change, but if it can be the instigator for that kind of discussion, then that’s where I find that it’s helpful.”
More reasons why
Certainly, the controversial nature of the series is merely one of the reasons why people thought that the 21-year-old actress was unsuitable for the nomination. Another reason is that they simply didn’t find her to be a sufficiently good actress, believing that other actresses like Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) or Mandy Moore (This Is Us) were way more deserving of the honour.
And then there was also the issue about the lack of diversity in this category, with people wondering why Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) or Kerry Washington (Scandal) did not merit a nomination.
The ray of sunshine
Despite all of this negativity, there were also people who were much kinder to Langford and offered her their sincerest congratulations on her first Golden Globe nomination, praising both her acting skills and the way she handled such a sensitive subject.
“Her acting as Hannah was remarkable and it was not an easy subject to film,” tweeted one user, “She deserves it.”
“Katherine Langford totally deserves this golden globe nomination. Her performance in 13 reasons why is honestly amazing and raw,” tweeted another.
The Australian actress expressed her joy and gratitude over the nomination releasing a statement which said, “Words can not express my sheer excitement and gratitude for being nominated. Most of all, my sincere hope is that the recognition continues to shine a light on so many of the important life issues and struggles we portray in 13 Reasons Why. I’m forever grateful to have been given this opportunity and will continue to work hard to bring dignity, respect, and grace to such a powerful character.”
Alongside Katherine Langford, the other nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama are Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Claire Foy (The Crown), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). The 75th edition of the Golden Globe Award will take place on January 7, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST.