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Golden Globe Nominations Acknowledge Diversity

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

So in 2016, the film industry was again roundly criticized for its lack of diversity. And the Twitter hashtag campaign #OscarsSoWhite called out the Academy Awards in particular, but there could be signs of change.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Yesterday, the Golden Globe nominations came out. And if they're any guide for Oscar voters in 2017, they will have plenty of standout performances to choose from. Actors Viola Davis and Denzel Washington are both up for the forthcoming adaptation of August Wilson's "Fences."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FENCES")

DENZEL WASHINGTON: (As Troy) It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for 18 years.

VIOLA DAVIS: (As Rose) Well, I've been standing with you. I've got a life, too.

GREENE: Actors Dev Patel, Ruth Negga and Octavia Spencer all got nods for their work. And one of the most acclaimed films of the year, "Moonlight," garnered nominations for writer and director Barry Jenkins as well as actors Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali. They play a boy's crack-addicted mother and the dealer who takes the boy in.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "MOONLIGHT")

NAOMIE HARRIS: (As Paula) What happened? What happened, Chiron? Why you didn't come home like you supposed to, huh?

MAHERSHALA ALI: (As Juan) Found him in a hole on 15th. He's scared more than anything. He wouldn't tell me where he lived till this morning.

MARTIN: In the music categories, you've got Danger Mouse and Pharrell Williams. And the mastermind behind "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda, is nominated for co-writing one of 2016's biggest earworms, "How Far I'll Go," from the film "Moana."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOW FAR I'LL GO")

ALESSIA CARA: (Singing) See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me.

GREENE: Good luck getting that out of your head this morning. The Golden Globes will be awarded on January 8, and the Oscar nominations come out on January 24. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.