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Film director Malcolm D. Lee’s June 2017 box office hit movie “Girls Trip” beat the odds by finishing second place in the ticket sales department after the first weekend it was released.
There is an insider point of view in Hollywood, which states that films with black women in lead roles do not do well at the box office. However, “Girls Trip” starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and newcomer Tiffany Haddish proved that point of view to be false.
The R-rated comedy has grossed over $138 million in sales since its release and did over $31 million in sales in its opening weekend. Lee’s Universal Pictures-released project is the only comedy to gross over $100 million dollars in 2017.
Now that the time has come for this year’s Golden Globe Award nominations, accolades for “Girls Trip” are nowhere to be found. Pinkett Smith was not to pleased about this and took to social media to voice her displeasure over her film’s snub at the hands of those at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The 46-year-old veteran actress said that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to even screen “Girls Trip” to be considered for a Golden Globe nomination. Pinkett Smith also spoke on how her “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish was not considered for any accolades over her breakout role in the popular comedy.
“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,” Pinkett Smith tweeted this morning.
“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. How could a nom happen & how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening?” she also tweeted.
Entertainment Weekly Magazine was one of the major media publications that covered this story. According to the an article published by the magazine today, representatives at the Hollywood Press Association could not be reached for comment about their “Girls Trip” snub for the Golden Globes.
Pinket Smith also spoke out on her feelings about other 2017 films that were not given the accolades she felt were due.
“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,” Pinkett Smith also said via Twitter.
“The fact that the brilliance of @TheBigSickMovie went unnoticed and the fact that one of the most prolific films of the year, @GetOutMovie, is considered a comedy… illuminates the depths of the sunken place… for real,” the actress added.