Riz Ahmed & Courtney B. Vance Are Snubbed By The Golden Globes & It's Such An Outrage
When it comes to award shows, obviously fans won't love every outcome — it's just a fact of life. But there's one particular category at this year's Golden Globes that was a total disappointment and worth venting about. Tom Hiddleston is the 2017 Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in a Limited Series and people weren't pleased — myself included. While there's no denying that Hiddleston is a skilled actor, it's disappointing that the trophy didn't go to Riz Ahmed (The Night Of) or Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson). In other words, two major talents got snubbed and it's an outrage. Seriously, I wanted to throw rotten tomatoes at my TV screen (... except that would make a huge mess, so I'll just convey the disappointment through words instead).
Both of these stars shined in the past year, taking their TV roles to the next level — making them more than worthy of some Golden Globes recognition. As a refresher, Ahmed played Nasir "Naz" Khan, who steals his father's cab for a night out — which goes totally wrong when he somehow finds himself entrapped in prison facing murder charges. It was a breakout year for the actor, who not only starred in HBO's The Night Of, but also appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Netflix's The OA. Did I mention he was also in 2016's Jason Bourne? I'm certain this won't be the last time Ahmed is up for a major award, but that doesn't take away the sting of the loss.
Meanwhile, Vance played Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson, who helped lead O.J. Simpson's defense team. Back in Sept. 2016, Vance won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. So while it's disappointing he didn't get the same love at the Globes, at least he did get rewarded for his work in some capacity. On the FX show, Vance's compelling and powerful acting as the attorney helped make the miniseries the success that it was. Unlike Ahmed, this wasn't a breakout role for Vance by any means; instead, it solidified a talent people already knew existed.
Unfortunately, sometimes our favorites don't take home the trophy they so rightfully deserve. Yet Golden Globe or not, Ahmed and Vance were winners in 2016 regardless — helping make quality television that fans adored. They don't need an award to prove that. If you go marathon their shows, you'll know exactly what I mean.