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Jada Pinkett-Smith calls out 'Girls Trip' Golden Globes snub

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Contributed From left: Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish in ‘Girls Trip’.
Jada Pinkett Smith

GIRLS TRIP was without a doubt one of the biggest movies of 2017. Despite drawing in millions at the box office worldwide and making history with it's all-black- female-led cast, it didn't do enough to gain one nomination at the prestigious Golden Globe Awards - and Jada Pinkett Smith is not happy about it.

The actress claimed that the judging panel had failed to even watch the raucous comedy, which was a box office hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

In a series of tweets, Pinkett-Smith said that she didn't want to define the exclusion of the film "as simply ... racism" but wanted there to be a "discussion of an antiquated system.

"I have so much to say on why @TiffanyHaddish was not nominated for a Globe ... but I won't," the actress started by saying on Tuesday, before adding: "Actually I will ... here we go ...

"I'm not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom ... I'm discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn't even WATCH the movie.

"Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn't get eyes on the film or a press conference."


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Pinkett-Smith, who was a key participant in the '#OscarsSoWhite' campaign in 2015, went on to say that the film's snub threw up issues that needed to be openly discussed.

"This isn't about shaming, this is about the need for discussion of an antiquated system. And I dare not invalidate all the many journalist and people from all walks of life who have supported this movie by defining the issue as simply ... racism," she said.

"Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board."

Variety's Kristopher Tapley later reported that HFPA members did receive screeners and an invitation to the film's premiere.