Every year, award shows like the Golden Globes make a bit of a statement with their Best Picture Nominations.  For 2019 nominations, it appears the diversity movement has been highlighted with “four of the 10 nominees in the two Best Picture categories this year have non-white directors.”  This is the highest percentage of Best Picture Nominations directed by minorities in the history of the award show.

The four films include “Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” all were recognized in the Best Picture-Drama category, while John M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians” made the cut in the Best Picture – Comedy or Drama competition.”

“The other directing nominees are Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” and Adam McKay for “Vice.””

While many have been positive in the new nominations, there have been some criticism with the promotion of diversity in this area.  In my opinion, this is very similar to the whole Unemployment number deal.  For those not financially savvy, the monthly Unemployment number receives constant criticism for its lack of including members of America that have given up looking for work but are still unemployed.  On average about 60 to 70 percent of Americans participate in the labor force meaning that the other 30 to 40 percent are out of a job for various reasons.

The thing about the released Unemployment number is that, if you’re a Democrat, for example, under a Republican President you can easily discount the Unemployment number as it does not include the entire workforce.  However under a Democrat President, the Unemployment number is the key to analyzing the success of policies.  

For award nominations as the Golden Globes, I feel it is very similar.  If the Golden Globes recognize films that back your interests and principles, then its a good thing and the Golden Globes are ahead of the curve.  However if the Golden Globes nominate films leaning heavily towards a type of genre and environment you do not support, well then they haven’t looked at the correct analytics.

In the end, its all relative and while I am happy to see such diversity supported, I also understand that this is the Unemployment number and we’re not getting the full labor force, but, for the first time in its history, it’s leaning towards a more inclusive culture.