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Black actors won big: The four Golden Globes acceptance speeches you need to watch

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 // Jan 9, 2017

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Ten years ago, the 2007 Golden Globes saw history made with the highest number of awards given to actors of color in a single night: Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls, Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland, and America Ferrera for Ugly Betty.

Last night's award show didn't break that record, as only three actors of color took home trophies (see below) but still, as Mic. pointed out, "there have been 33 years without a single nonwhite winner in Golden Globes history — including as recently in 2014 [— so] every bit of progress counts, and these are nice steps indeed."

Tracee Elliss Ross for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for Blackish.

"This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people, whose stories, ideas, thoughts, are not always considered worthy and valid and important, but I want you to know that I see you. We see you. It is an honor to be on this show, 'Black-ish,' to continue expanding the way we are seen and known, and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks."

Note: Ross became the first black woman to win that award in 34 years; Debbie Allen was the last, back in 1983, for Fame.

Donald Glover for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for Atlanta.

"I grew up in a house where magic wasn't allowed, so everybody in here is magical to me, like, every time I saw a movie or Disney movies or heard your voices or saw you, I was like, 'Oh, magic is from people.' We're the ones who, kind of, in a weird way, tell a story or a lie to children so they do stuff that we never thought was possible. My dad used to tell me every day, 'You can do anything you want' and I remember thinking as a kid in 1st grade: 'You're lying to me.' But now I do stuff and he's like, 'I didn’t think that was possible.' So I really want to say thank you to my son and the mother of my son for making me believe in people again and things being possible."

Viola Davis wins Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Fences.

"Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. This is my fifth nomination. I took all the pictures, went to the luncheon...but it's right on time. To Braun Pictures, Macro, Paramount, Scott Rudin, Todd Black, Molly Allen, to all the people who believed in this piece of work. It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn't scream 'moneymaker.' But it does scream 'art.' It does scream 'heart.' Thank you to all the wonderful actors in 'Fences,' Mykelti, Stephen, Russell, John, Saniyya, Denzel...you know I'm a friend and a fan. Thank you for being an extraordinary leader, great actor, great director. Thank you for saying 'trust me' and 'remember the love.' And my beautiful husband, my daughter Genesis, loves of my life. And to the original Troy, my father Dan Davis, born in 1936, groomed horses, had a fifth-grade education, didn't know how to read until he was 15, but you know what? He had a story and it deserved to be told and August Wilson told it. Thank you very much."

Atlanta for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

"I really want to thank Atlanta and all black folks in Atlanta, like, for real, just for doing amazing and being amazing people. I couldn't be here without Atlanta. And I really want to thank the Migos, not for being in the show, but for making 'Bad and Boujee,' like, that's the best song ever."


Losses:

Denzel Washington (Fences) lost Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) to Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea).

Ruth Negga (Loving) lost Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) to Isabelle Huppert (Elle).

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) lost to Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture to Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals).

Kerry Washington (Confirmation) lost Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television to Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).

Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) lost Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television to Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager).

Thandie Newton (Westworld) lost Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television to Olivia Colman (The Night Manager).

Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) lost Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television to Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager).

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) lost Best Director and Best Screenplay to Damien Chazelle (La La Land).

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