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Trans actress Rodriguez makes history at quiet Golden Globes
2022-01-10

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On Jan. 9, Michaela Jae "Mj" Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama for her role as Blanca on the FX show Pose, according to media reports.

The awards were announced on social media, as the Globes were not broadcast or live-streamed in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and a lack of diversity. Individuals from organizations who have received donations from the HFPA announced the nominees and winners.

It marks the first time in history a transgender actor has won a Golden Globe. It's also the first Golden Globe for the series, which recently ended, according to NBC News.

Last summer, Rodriguez made history after becoming the first transgender performer to be nominated for a lead acting Emmy.

"Wow! You talking about sickening birthday present! Thank you! This is the door that is going to open the door for many more young talented individuals," Rodriguez wrote on Instagram. "They will see that it is more than possible. They will see that a young Black Latina girl from Newark, New Jersey who had a dream, to change the minds others would WITH LOVE. LOVE WINS. To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach the stars!!!!!"

Netflix's The Power of the Dog—which has been described as a queer revenge movie—won for best motion picture, drama; Jane Campion won for best director and Kodi Smit-McPhee won for best supporting actor.

As for other winners, two received awards for taking on biographical roles—Nicole Kidman (best actress, drama), for portraying Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos; and Will Smith (best actor, drama) for playing Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard.

Also, West Side Story won in three of its four categories, including best motion picture, musical or comedy; Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell's "No Time for Die" won for best original song, motion picture; Japan's Drive My Car took honors for best motion picture, non-English language; and Encanto won for best animated motion picture.

In TV, HBO's Succession won best drama among its leading three wins (for best television series, drama; best actor Jeremy Strong and best supporting actress Sarah Snook), while HBO/HBO Max's Hacks took best musical or comedy trophy and best actress in a comedic TV series (Jean Smart). Aside from those four titles, no one garnered more than one award, per Deadline.

Some of the other winners in the television categories included Jason Sudeikis (best actor in a musical or comedy series, for Ted Lasso), The Underground Railroad (best limited series) and O Yeong-Su (best supporting actor, for Squid Game).


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