The 74th Golden Globe Awards take place Sunday, Jan. 8 with Jimmy Fallon taking on hosting duties. "La La Land," with seven nominations, "Moonlight," with six and "Manchester by the Sea," with five nominations are film frontrunners. In TV, the heart-warming "This is Us" series scored more nominations than bloody, crowd favorite "Game of Thrones." New TV was certainly the trend, "Atlanta," "Insecure," and "Westworld" all racked up nominations showcasing lots of talent and fresh creators.
The biggest surprise? Multiple nods for comic book underdog movie "Deadpool."
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Speaking via the wonders of conference call with Jeffrey Tambor en route to a shoot for a Disney film and Jill Soloway in Texas working on "I Love Dick," the star and creator of "Transparent," respectively, talk about their series, which earned two more nominations from the Golden Globes.
Is there still even a question anymore about whether "Transparent" will be nominated?
Jill: I’m always thrilled when we’re remembered, considered, recognized.
Jeffrey: I’m like a little kid this morning. We were just talking about it. To be in this company, this diversity, the newness, and invention that are in these categories is amazing.
Yes, there’s a lot of newcomers on the TV front. Any advice to your fellow nominees?
Jeffrey: Adore every moment of it. And be proud. You’re moving the whole conversation forward. It’s hard not to notice how political this all is and how diverse the lineup is. If you look down the list, it’s just an incredible statement of how our business has changed—and thank God.
Jill: I basically say to anybody who I see these days, I yell: intersectional power movement now! I used to say it pre-[Donald] Trump and it had this kind of slightly whimsical, slightly self-effacing, kind of goofy quality to walk around saying that. Now, it’s like, holy crap. We’ve all been shocked into recognizing the political methods of making change aren’t as simple as we thought.
I think the biggest shock to me after I sort of started to understand the election results were that it wasn’t as simple as Trump won over Hillary [Clinton]. I realized we’ve been living in a world in the past eight years, that as things were becoming more liberal, we were progressing forward and politics had an idea of the new, the tolerant, the modern. That modernity and tolerance and liberalism were all woven in our mind with moving forward. And I think we all thought, eight years of [President] Obama, eight years of Hillary. We’re moving forward. Tolerance is modern. And for the forward motion of our nation, to have that regressive feel of actually protecting whiteness and protecting male-ness is a shock to the system. That’s the body shock. Modernity, progress is about protecting the rights of white men.
It’s really hard for me to stay excited about my own [achievements]. Half the day, I don’t even believe it. I generally only believe it in the mornings, and as the afternoon comes, I’m like, holy crap, this world is so sad. Nothing I do can make it better.
But luckily you’ve caught me in the morning. I look at the Golden Globe nominations. I look at Issa Rae. I look at Donald Glover. I look at 'Moonlight.' And I go: I want to, as a queer person and as a queer content creator, I want to link arms with all people who are otherized. I really look at the coming together of women, people of color, queer people, and all otherized people into, as Van Jones calls it, a Love Army. We can all be powerful and bombastic about civil rights and social justice.
I look at something like the Golden Globes that has an international audience and is being broadcast around the world--we’re the outsiders and we need to take pride in our ability to shape the cultural conversation. And to keep doing it. To be recognized by the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.] at this moment, feels more important than ever.
Jeffrey: The thing I’m getting from people is people are really asking and demanding and really desiring anything that is true right now. They want true statements and that seems to be what’s going on. If you look at the nominees, it’s an incredible statement to what people are responding to. I can’t think of a time when it’s more needed in our culture.
Did you feel a call to action following the election in terms of what you wanted to explore in the series for Season 4 or what you felt your responsibility was as a storyteller?
Jill: Oh my God, of course. When people are talking about what went wrong in certain states and recounts, I’m like, guys, it’s a problem around the whole planet. Not just our country. It’s happened in England, it’s happening in Germany. There is a global response for white people wanting to draw a line around their whiteness.
Honestly, this binary thinking gives birth to a war mentality in otherizing. I want to take the same kinds of questions and put them into Season 4. I want to take on a more global approach to how people otherize.