Pose star Michaela Jae Rodriguez won best actress in a TV drama for her performance, making history in the process. The Golden Globes have previously been criticized for their lack of diversity in the awards. Many celebrities and fans have even developed a “don’t care” attitude around the whole thing, not Michaela Jae Rodriguez, who became the first transgender woman to win a Golden Globe for best actress in ‘Pose’.
She took to her Instagram to celebrate the honor and share her feelings around the award. “OMG OMGGG!!!! @goldenglobes Wow! You talking about sickening birthday present! Thank you!”, putting her nomination picture with the Globe winner tagline, adding, “This is the door that is going to open the door for many younger talented individuals. They will see that it is more than possible. They will see that a young Black Latina girl from Newark New Jersey who had a dream, to change the minds others would WITH LOVE. LOVE WINS. To my young LGBTQAI babies, WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach the stars!!!!! @goldenglobes.”
She didn’t forget to mention her fellow nominees in the category, ending her caption with, “To the nominees we are Queens. I’m so happy to share space with you! Each and every last one of you women are phenomenal.”
Her fellow ‘Pose’ star, Angelica Love Ross took to Twitter with an excitement filled, heartfelt video, congratulating Rodriguez with a caption that said, “CONGRATULATIONS
@MjRodriguez7 FOR WINNING THE @goldenglobes AWARD!!!!!!!!!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 🏆 #posefx”
One of the co-creators of the show, Steven Canals also wrote his own congratulatory post on Twitter, “Congratulations to my ❤️ @MjRodriguez7 who won a #GoldenGlobes tonight for her performance in @PoseOnFX!! Bravo Mutha Blanca! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽”
Unlike all the previous years that generally involve a fancy ceremony where celebrities join in and the winners are handed out their awards individually, the Globes this year took place in a private ceremony, with no celebrities present. Results were then shared on Twitter for the general public, winners and nominees alike to see. A highly critical report released by the Los Angeles Times in February of 2020 detailed how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not have a single Black member in its entire history, conducted less than ethical practices and had problematic finances.
Several celebrities announced that they are distancing themselves from the organization after this news, thus this year’s hush-hush ceremony. Even among the winners from this year, only a few acknowledged and thanked the Academy for the awards, barring the ‘Pose’ star and a few other people.