Emily In Paris' writer Deborah Copaken shares her 'rage' over I May Destroy You's Golden Globes snub

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Emily In Paris' writer Deborah Copaken shares her 'rage' over I May Destroy You's Golden Globes snub

Deborah Copaken, a writer on Netflix's hit series Emily In Paris, penned a powerful op-ed about I May Destroy not earning a single Golden Globe nom

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Deborah Copaken, a writer on Netflix’s hit series Emily In Paris, penned a powerful op-ed about I May Destroy not earning a single Golden Globe nomination. 

Despite her own series picking up two major nods, the 54-year-old author and photojournalist found the British drama’s snub unfathomable. 

‘Now, am I excited that Emily In Paris was nominated,’ Copaken wrote in a Guardian article. ‘Of course. I’ve never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one.’ 

Stunned: Deborah Copaken, a writer on Netflix’s hit series Emily In Paris, penned a powerful op-ed about I May Destroy not earning a single Golden Globe nomination

Stunned: Deborah Copaken, a writer on Netflix’s hit series Emily In Paris, penned a powerful op-ed about I May Destroy not earning a single Golden Globe nomination

‘But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over (Michaela) Coel’s snub,’ she continued.  

She protested that the fact ‘that I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything,’  

‘But my fury is not just about race. Or even about racial representation in art. Yes, we need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators,’ the writer stressed.  

Snubbed: Despite her own series picking up two major nods, the 54-year-old author and photojournalist found the British drama's snub unfathomable

Snubbed: Despite her own series picking up two major nods, the 54-year-old author and photojournalist found the British drama’s snub unfathomable

When speaking on the past criticism of Emily In Paris, which was released in October, Copaken noted she understood how a ‘show about a white American selling luxury whiteness, in a pre-pandemic Paris scrubbed free of its vibrant African and Muslim communities, might rankle.’ 

‘Did I take the criticism of the show personally? Of course. Who wouldn’t? But also not,’ she admitted, revealing that several iconic scenes were inspired by her own experiences and faux pas as an American in Paris.  

Additionally, her show aired just a few months after she spent the summer ‘marching for racial justice through the streets of New York ‘with her kids.  

'Did I take the criticism of the show personally? Of course. Who wouldn’t? But also not,' she admitted, pointing out several iconic scenes were based on her own experiences as a young American and college student in Paris

‘Did I take the criticism of the show personally? Of course. Who wouldn’t? But also not,’ she admitted, pointing out several iconic scenes were based on her own experiences as a young American and college student in Paris

Sparking backlash: When speaking on the past criticism of Emily In Paris, which was released in October, Copaken noted she understood how a 'show about a white American selling luxury whiteness, in a pre-pandemic Paris scrubbed free of its vibrant African and Muslim communities, might rankle'

Sparking backlash: When speaking on the past criticism of Emily In Paris, which was released in October, Copaken noted she understood how a ‘show about a white American selling luxury whiteness, in a pre-pandemic Paris scrubbed free of its vibrant African and Muslim communities, might rankle’

After watching I May Destroy, which she calls ‘a work of sheer genius about the aftermath of a rape,’ her initial reaction was that it ‘deserves to win all the awards.’ 

‘I was stunned. I May Destroy You was not only my favorite show of 2020. It’s my favorite show ever,’ she went on. ‘I had to watch it twice, just to understand how Coel did it.’ 

As a sexual assault survivor, she praised how Coel used ‘heart, humor, pathos’ to address the complicated issue.  

Impressed: After watching I May Destroy, which she calls 'a work of sheer genius about the aftermath of a rape,' her initial reaction was that it 'deserves to win all the awards'

Impressed: After watching I May Destroy, which she calls ‘a work of sheer genius about the aftermath of a rape,’ her initial reaction was that it ‘deserves to win all the awards’

Fans of I May Destroy You were outraged when the hit show, and creator Michaela Coel, were snubbed by the 78th Golden Globe Awards.

The nominations for the event were announced on Wednesday, and the actress, 33, who starred, wrote, directed, and produced the critically-acclaimed series, failed to get a nod in any category.

I May Destroy You was one of the summer’s most critically-acclaimed shows around the world when it aired on BBC One and HBO.

'I am genuinely embarrassed for the Golden Globes': I May Destroy You fans were left outraged as the show and creator Michaela Coel (pictured) were snubbed by the awards on Wednesday

‘I am genuinely embarrassed for the Golden Globes’: I May Destroy You fans were left outraged as the show and creator Michaela Coel (pictured) were snubbed by the awards on Wednesday

The 12-part series fearlessly dives into hard-hitting issues affecting the lives of young London-based writer Arabella (Michaela) and her close group of friends.   

It follows Arabella as she comes to terms with a sexual assault after her drink was spiked at a nightclub, in a storyline based on the harrowing real-life experience of Michaela. 

Normal People, The Queen’s Gambit, Small Axe, The Undoing, and Unorthodox were nominated in the Limited Series category at the awards show.

Meanwhile, in the Best Actress category for a Limited Series, nods went to Cate Blanchett, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Shira Haas, Nicole Kidman, and Anya Taylor-Joy instead of Michaela.

Understandably upset about the snub, fans of the show took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter and claiming it had been the best series to air in 2020.

One viewer wrote: ‘I am genuinely embarrassed for the Golden Globes. I don’t think it’s overboard at all to say ‘I May Destroy You’ was the most important piece of TV in the past twelve months. Madness.’ 

Another added: ‘Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was the best show of last year, outrageous overlook from the Golden Globes nominations.

While one person hit out: ‘ there was quite literally no better show that aired in the past year than I May Destroy You, and no better performance than Michaela Coel from the past year, so… yea not even going to give the Golden Globes my time.’

 

Shocked: Understandably upset about the snub, fans of the show took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter and claiming it had been the best series to air in 2020

Shocked: Understandably upset about the snub, fans of the show took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter and claiming it had been the best series to air in 2020

Another Twitter user went on: ‘Golden Globes needs to seriously rethink that I May Destroy You snub.’

And one person claimed: ‘Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You not even being nominated for the Golden Globes really speaks “systemic racial” volumes. Last year they snubbed Ava’s When They See Us and now this

One fan also said: ‘a world in which Emily in Paris has a Golden Globes nomination and I May Destroy You does not… much to think about.’

Although the awards show usually takes place in January, this year’s event has been postponed due to the pandemic. 

Not considered: Meanwhile, in the Best Actress category for a Limited Series, nods wen to Cate Blanchett, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Shira Haas, Nicole Kidman, and Anya Taylor-Joy instead

Not considered: Meanwhile, in the Best Actress category for a Limited Series, nods wen to Cate Blanchett, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Shira Haas, Nicole Kidman, and Anya Taylor-Joy instead

The Golden Globes will air in the time slot recently made available after the Oscars were also postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis from February 28 to April 25.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are set to co-host the show virtually from opposite coasts, a first for the awards show. 

According to Variety, Tina will broadcast from atop New York City’s Rockefeller Center, in the Rainbow Room, while Amy will fulfil her co-hosting duties from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, where the awards show is usually held.   

The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live Sunday, February 28 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC. 

GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE NOMINEES

 MOVIES 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Father

Mank

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Hamilton

Music

Palm Springs

The Prom

Mank: Gary Oldman is up for Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

Sweeping the board: Mank is the most nominated film with six nods

 

Best Director

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

David Fincher – Mank

Regina King – One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

 

Best Screenplay

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher – Mank

Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – The Father

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Foreign Language Picture

Another Round

La Llorona

The Life Ahead

Minari

Two of Us

 

Best Animated Picture

The Croods: A New Age

Onward

Over the Moon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

Captivating: Vanessa Kirby is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Pieces of a Woman

Captivating: Vanessa Kirby is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Pieces of a Woman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson – Music

Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit

Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot

Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden – The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg – Palm Springs

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Glenn Close – Hilbilly Elegy

Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Helena Zengel – News of the World

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto – The Little Things

Bill Murray – On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami

 

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture

The Midnight Sky

Tenet

News of the World

Mank

Soul

 

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture

Judas and the Black Messiah

The Life Ahead

One Night in Miami

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The United States vs Billie Holiday

TELEVISION 

Best Television Series, Drama

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Ratched

One to watch: Lovecraft Country is up for Best Television Series, Drama

One to watch: Lovecraft Country is up for Best Television Series, Drama

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Emily in Paris

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek

Ted Lasso

 

Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Normal People

The Queen’s Gambit

Small Axe

The Undoing

Unorthodox

Racy: Normal People is up for Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Racy: Normal People is up for Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Emma Corrin – The Crown

Laura Linney – Ozark

Sarah Paulson – Ratched

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Jason Bateman – Ozark

Josh O’Connor – The Crown

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Al Pacino – Hunters

Matthew Rhys– Perry Mason

Spooky: Sarah Paulson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Ratched

Spooky: Sarah Paulson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Ratched

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Lily Collins – Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning – The Great

Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical

Don Cheadle – Black Monday

Nicholas Hoult – The Great

Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef – Ramy

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett – Mrs America

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Shira Haas – Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman – The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit

Royally good: Elle Fanning is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for The Great

Royally good: Elle Fanning is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for The Great

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie

Bryan Cranston – Your Honour

Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant – The Undoing

Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series

Gillian Anderson – The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Julia Garner – Ozark

Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek

Cynthia Nixon – Ratched

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

John Boyega – Small Axe, “Red, White and Blue”

Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule

Jim Parsons – Hollywood

Donald Sutherland – The Undoing

One to watch: Donald Sutherland is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for The Undoing

One to watch: Donald Sutherland is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for The Undoing

 

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