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The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday morning and it’s safe to say that lack of inclusion will not be a popular conversation this year.

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight picked up a slew of nominations, including Best Screenplay, Best Picture Drama, Best Director and Best Original Score.

The film’s star Naomie Harris received a nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie. Joining Harris in  the same category are Fences’ Viola Davis, Lion‘s Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures’ Octavia Spencer and Manchester by the Sea‘s Michelle Williams.

Viola’s Fences co-star Denzel Washington received a nomination for his role in the adapted film also directed by Washington. Hollywood newcomer Ruth Negga also made a splash in this year’s list, landing a nod in the Best Actress, Drama for her role in Loving.  

“2016 was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience,” acclaimed film critic Shawn Edwards tells HipHollywood exclusively. “Today’s Golden Globe nominations solidified that statement nominating Moonlight in six categories.

Edwards, who also runs the African American Film Critics Association, adds, “While this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry, it does prove that 2016 has been a historic year for Blacks in and behind the camera.”

The television category was also heavy in diversity; Insecure’s Issa Rae picked up her first Globes nomination in the category for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

Kerry Washington garnered a nod for her role in HBO’s Confirmation, Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance picked up a nomination for Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie thanks to his role on The People v. O.J. Simpson, and his co-star Sterling K. Brown was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will air Sunday, January 8 on NBC.

Click for the full list of nominees. 

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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