A Win For Representation: O Yeong-su and Latina Stars Finally Receive the Flowers They Deserve

The Golden Globes was a private affair this year after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) reputation was tarnished following a year of scandals. While the HFPA’s board members are not diverse enough, this year’s winners list proved to be a success for representation.

Sunday night saw Latinas win big at the awards and make history in the process. Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story won three globes, even scoring the Best Motion Picture Musical award. The modern remake saw a cast of largely centred Latinx performers, rectifying the flaws of the original 1961 film. The musical marvel, Ariana DeBose, also received the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Musical for her portrayal of Anita in the Shakespeare-inspired adaptation. This comes 50 years after Rita Moreno, the executive producer of the remake, became the first Latina to win an Oscar for the same role in the original movie.

Newcomer, Rachel Zegler has surely made an impact with her critically acclaimed performance in Spielberg’s West Side Story. The Golden Globes recognised her talents, awarding her the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical for her lead role as Maria. This made her the first actress of Colombian descent, the first Latina and the youngest winner in that category at only 20-years-old.

As the awards were not broadcast, Rachel wrote her acceptance speech on Instagram: “Our industry has and continues to have so many important discussions about how to properly represent its audience, and I truly believe our movie did just that.” On Twitter, she went on to reminisce on how her win marks a full-circle moment. She said: “I got cast as maria in west side story on 1/9/19. and I just won a golden globe for that same performance, on 1/9/22. life is strange [sic].” Her career is off to a great start and there’s more to look forward to as she is set to star as Snow White in the live-action adaptation of the first Disney Princess film.

The most historic win of the night became a global celebration as MJ (Michaela Jaé) Rodriguez received the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Television Series. The Pose star became the first openly transgender actress to win a Golden Globe after her stellar performance as Blan