Lily Gladstone became the first Indigenous actor to win a Golden Globe

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Going into the full Oscar season, I have to admit that I’m quietly rooting for Sandra Huller for Best Actress, just because I loved Anatomy of a Fall so much. But it’s going to be another situation like last year, with Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh – choosing between two outstanding performances, the awards shows will absolutely want to give the Best Actress awards to “the first.” Last year, Oscar voters wanted Michelle to be the first Asian woman to win Best Actress. This year, they’ll want Lily Gladstone to be the first Native American/Indigenous woman to win Best Actress. Even though… Lily’s role really is more of a supporting part and even though Killers of the Flower Moon is kind of a slog and a bad script. Anyway, Lily won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. She wore a black-and-white Valentino ensemble and walked the carpet with Leo DiCaprio. In her speech, she spoke in the Blackfeet language and then English. This is all very moving.

Update: Okay, I hear what you guys are saying and I’m phrasing this the wrong way and I’m being unfair to Lily. She did a great job in KOTFM with (what I believe to be) sub-par material, in a story which decentralized Native Americans. She really is a supporting character and I’m really bitter about how she was underserved and yet she’s still probably going to win the Oscar.

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Florence Pugh and Meryl Streep also wore Valentino – I loved both of these looks? They’re both solid and they suit Flo and Meryl. This was Meryl’s first big event since she split with Don Gummer. Her agent (Kevin Huvane) was her date, but there’s a rumor going around that she’s dating Martin Short. LMAO. I hope that’s true.

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  1. Danbury says:

    Life imitating art and the love story from Only Murders in the Building? I love it. Also, everyone looks great here and I haven’t seen Killers yet but definitely rooting for Lily. Leo is a lot of things but I do love how he’s constantly showing up for her

  2. K says:

    So thrilled for LG. Meryl and Martin lol I like it.

  3. grumpierthanthou says:

    Looks like LDC’s transformation into Jack Nicholson is complete.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Congratulations to Lily! She and Leo have made a good pair promoting their film.

    Florence looks AMAZING. That dress is perfect on her.

  5. Brassy Rebel says:

    I agree with you about Killers of the Flower Moon not being all that much and Lily’s role being more of a supporting actor. However, she’s damn good and nothing about that movie or role is her fault. It’s long past time for an Indigenous actor to win major awards.

    Meryl Streep and Martin Short? 🤔

  6. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Killers of the Flower Moon is an exceptional movie, maybe Scorsese’s best. It deserves best picture, wasn’t a slog, imo, and, for me, was riveting, moving, infuriating, and subversive. Lily Gladstone was marvelous and DiCaprio and DeNiro gave the performances of their lives. LG’s winning is not about giving a “the first,” which is…quite a take…since 1. that so minimizes the actress and relegates her to a quota and is a right-wing, anti-affirmative-action-like talking point (as in, blame it on the minority and not those who’ve held the minorities back) and 2. see number 1.

    • Tez says:

      I so agree saying it’s a first minimizes the win. And let’s not pretend every award has been given on merrit.
      As an Indigenous person I bawled as I listened to her speak her language. And I am so enjoying watching her and Leo together.

    • Kim says:

      Well said.

    • Fingers crossed says:

      Please say it louder for the people in the back or the person that just walked in the room. Then slowly drop the mic so you don’t offend anyone.

      • Originalleigh says:

        Agreed. I was also confused about Oscar voters always wanting to reward “the first.” If that’s the case, why did it take so many decades for people of color to actually win? Shouldn’t they have rewarded “the firsts” long ago?

      • BeanieBean says:

        @Originalleigh: to answer your question, well, that would have required Hollywood to have hired Native American women long ago. Which they didn’t do. Agree with everybody’s points, though, and I noticed Kaiser updated her article.

    • MissMarirose says:

      YES!! Thank you. Gladstone gave an amazing performance that was the heart of the film. She is objectively the best actress of the year, under any metric. And she did it in one of Martin Scorsese’s best films. The detail and care with which he presented the Osage nation’s story was phenomenal.
      But some people will do anything to undermine this accomplishment. It’s so disgusting and disheartening.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Just to be clear, Lily Gladstone deserves the GG for this performance no matter what category they put her in. But I do think that the movie would be better if Scorcese had centered the Osage people instead of the people determined to kill them all. And I would have liked LG’s part to be more fleshed out which it would have been had Native Americans been the center of the film. Killers of the Flower Moon was, by no means a bad movie, but I think it could have been better with a different focus.

    • LP says:

      Came here to say this- this is a pretty Yikes take from you Kaiser! There’s a difference between feeling frustrated a great actress is getting awarded for a film that doesn’t overall deserve acclaim (Emma stone in La La land for me personally), and saying an indigenous person is only getting awarded for woke points or something. Especially since the golden globes racism email leak scandal was like two years ago!

  7. Rosalee says:

    So Kaiser in your opinion the basically the Golden Globes ignored talent for a first. That is an insult to the talented women nominated in the category of best actress and a slap down to a very talented actress who is Indigenous. Lily Gladstone steals the screen every time she’s on the screen, her quiet performance in Reservation Dogs was sublime as a grieving mother sharing her spiritual teachings with a niece looking for direction. Lily Gladstone won a Golden Globe and dedicated it to all the Rez kids and urban kids..Aho young warriors.

    • Lilly (with the double -L) says:

      You and ThatsNotOkay made my day. I kept thinking of how daily life and work duties keep many of us in the line of fire, as a necessary choice, for micro-aggressions and straight-up aggressions daily. So where I choose my free time is important to me. I despise see the team name of Taylor Swift’s bf and I just leave it (for the moment and my daily life work). In not hiding, to read others who get it and the “subversive” nature of the art and amazing artistry of Lily Gladstone is a balm and blessing. To be true to facets of ourselves and represent that is hard won and long overdue. What she and Scorsese (and countless others- yes including LC) is to show non-stereotypical parts of Indigenous reality. As Lily said in, not playing english backwards to represent our language. Also, not cartoonish stoicism, rather a sublime representation. Everyone is allowed their taste and we all can remember movies that were overlooked, teams that lost and yet, yes, she is earning every award and carrying more on her shoulders than is seen. The “first” part is not us showing up for the first time, it’s among the first of seeing us represented from our stories. Albeit, not perfect and we need, and personally, are grateful for people like Scorsese to help bring it at this point in time. We’ll face a version of quota-ism from fear (and I’m not saying that’s Kaiser, even if I disagree, I’m glad of the forum and safety to discuss). Yet, again, so welcome to be among those who get it and say it and promote the progress. I don’t know if this will post, my previous comments of the team name have not and it still goes out there. 🙂❤️❤️‍🩹

  8. Kat says:

    Lily Gladstone is very talented amd the award is well deserved.

    FYI, it is Blackfoot. Not Blackfeet.

    • Noo says:

      +1 for Lily’s win!

      It is Blackfoot in Canada for the three Nations, and the fourth tribe in the States is called Blackfeet. I don’t speak Blackfoot but thought I could make out Oki at the start and also Siksikaitsitapi at one point too? I’m not educated on this topic, but have heard that the Blackfeet language is very similar to the Blackfoot dialects.

    • Slush says:

      Lilly says “Blackfeet” several times.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Like Kat, I too thought the name was ‘Blackfoot’ & was surprised when Lily said ‘Blackfeet’. I thought I’d been getting it wrong all these years. Then again, as Noo says, the names by which we have long known Native Americans are names given to those groups by others, generally white people.

      • Slush says:

        Yep – I thought it was Blackfoot too. Glad we got an opportunity to learn more!

  9. elizabeth says:

    I said this in another post, and I’ll say it again here. Lily Gladstone is the beating heart of the movie. Just because she doesn’t have as much screentime as Leonardo di Caprio does not mean that she is not the co-lead. The movie means nothing without her astonishing performance. She’s an amazing actress; she does more with stillness and her eyes than anyone.

    Saying that she would win just because she’s indigenous and the voters want to give to a first is incredibly insulting. Michelle Yeoh was phenomenal in EEAAO, which was itself a phenomenal movie. Please don’t say that Michelle Yeoh won just so an Asian woman, who is a LEGEND, could be the 1st Asian actress.

  10. Michelle says:

    I was moved to tears watching Gladstone’s speech, she’s a talented actor. We will see her accept many awards. Leo’s support of his co-star (she acknowledged him in her speech too) is nice to see. Good to see LDC using his powers for good.

    LOVE any rumor of romance between Meryl Streep and Martin Short.

  11. R says:

    Erm yeah, maybe you didn’t mean it, but implying, but saying Michealle Yeoh’s or Lily Gladstone’s performances/nominations for their movies were less deserving or good as the white, blonde, blue eyed nominees…I know you didn’t like EEAAO and that you loved Tar, but it’s not like anyone is doubting Cate Blanchett is hurting for awards or people aren’t aware of her talents…. and Sandra Hüller looks phenomenal in both movies, but come on. Michelle Yeoh and Lily Gladstone both are very very good actresses and they both deserve to win whatever awards they are collecting.

  12. atlantababe says:

    lily deserves all the awards and its disgusting to claim that she (and michelle) is only winning because of a narrative and not her talent. nobody had problems with anthony hopkins winning lead for his 15 mins screentime in silence of the lambs. but then he’s white so its okay./s

  13. elizabeth says:

    I love how Leo is showing up for her. He barely does the minimum, but he’s been going above and beyond to make sure she gets the spotlight. It’s been really lovely to see and is making me like him again for the first time in a long time.

    • Slush says:

      I just wonder if any part of him is realizing that he has such love and admiration for a non-model over the age of 25….and he could have that in a relationship as well if he would grow up.