Black Hollywood won big at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, including Tracee Ellis Ross’ historic win for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical and Moonlight nabbing the coveted Best Motion Picture.
“This is for all the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important,” Ross said during her acceptance speech. “But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”
The 44-year-old actress became the first African-American woman to win the category in 35 years. The last Black woman to take the title was Debbie Allen in 1982 for her role in Fame.
Ross shared her #BlackGirlMagic glory with Viola Davis, who raked up her golden statue for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her starring role in Fences, alongside Denzel Washington. The Emmy-winning actress commended Paramount and executives for taking a chance by turning a stage play into a film.
“Thank you for being an extraordinary leader. Great actor, great director,” Davis said to her co-star. “Thank you for saying trust me and remember the love. And my beautiful husband, my daughter Genesis, loves of my life.”
She also dedicated the award to her father, who she called the original Troy (the film’s protagonist): “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.”