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The Golden Globes feted a sanitised story about black domestic workers but ignored an authentic coming-of-age tale of a young black lesbian. Let's hope the Academy is not as colour blind

Octavia Spencer won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in the hit film The Help, and I couldn't be more conflicted. Spencer is a talented veteran actress deserving of many accolades – but how I wish it were for another film. The Golden Globes are a strong predictor for the Oscars, and The Help will surely mirror its Globes success there, likely garnering nominations for best picture, best supporting actress for Spencer, and best actress for Viola Davis. It will further validate, for some, the portrayal of black life seen in this movie.

Meanwhile, the Oscar buzz for Pariah, the magnificent coming-of-age story about a young black lesbian in Brooklyn, fails to rise about a muzzled hum. »

- Mychal Denzel Smith

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