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The Category Is … Making Golden Globe History

By Charlotte Filippone

“Gold­en Globe Awards” by Joe Shlabot­nik is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Imag­ine win­ning some­thing as pres­ti­gious as a Gold­en Globe. That alone would be a mind-blow­ing accom­plish­ment, right? Now imag­ine snatch­ing a sec­ond, maybe even more note­wor­thy tro­phy. “Put your glass slip­pers away, Transerel­la. It ain’t nev­er gonna hap­pen!” would snark a Bil­ly-Porter-por­trayed Pray Tell on Pose. Except this time, it real­ly did hap­pen. By tak­ing home the award for Best Actress in a TV Dra­ma for her role of Blan­ca Evan­ge­lista in FX hit series Pose (2018–2021), Michaela Jaé “MJ” Rodriguez became the first open­ly trans­gen­der actress to ever win a Gold­en Globe.

For the New Jer­sey-based actress, who turned 31 just three days before her ground-break­ing achieve­ment, that’s real­ly the icing on the cake. But what makes this so special?

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An Homage to Diversity: Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth (1991)

By Michaela Keck

Released in 1991, Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth is clear­ly not an Amer­i­can clas­sic in the sense of belong­ing to the gold­en age of Hol­ly­wood. As an art film that aims to counter com­mer­cial Hol­ly­wood films, how­ev­er, Night on Earth has acquired the sta­tus of a clas­sic inde­pen­dent film by now. While the film’s pro­duc­tion was com­par­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive, it nev­er­the­less impress­es with a top-class cast of actors, includ­ing Winona Ryder, Gena Row­lands, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Rober­to Benig­ni as well as its reas­sur­ing­ly weird film music by Tom Waits.

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