Hollywood’s awards season is here!

It’s awards season in Hollywood. Some Covid habits persist: these grand affairs are still being held via hybrid setting, combining at-home attendance with some in-studio production. 

Two major ceremonies happened in the past week: the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 53rd NAACP Awards, which recognise achievements by entertainers of colour (historically the NAACP fought for African American civil rights). 

The streaming giants were the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ big winners; with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” (Britain) and Netflix’s “Squid Game’ (South Korea)’ winning the best comedy and drama categories, respectively.  

At the NAACP Awards, multi-hyphenate Jennifer Hudson was the star of the evening. She walked away with the title of Entertainer of the Year, beating out some of the hottest hip hop stars of the moment like Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion, and scooped Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Hudson was handpicked by her mentor, the legendary (and now sadly late) singer Aretha Franklin, to play Franklin in the biopic “Respect”.

There were some raised eyebrows over an NAACP award to Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. The pair have done some charity work and partnered with the NAACP. But some on social media noted that others had done more and were more deserving of the award.

Harry is part of an institution that, for many, symbolises centuries of racial oppression. Plus there are his own pre-woke days of hanging out in mostly white clubs, dressing up like a Nazi officer at a “Colonials and Natives” party in his youth, calling a fellow army cadet a “Paki” and telling another that he looked “like a raghead”. Ja, no, hey. As one columnist put it: “Over the course of the last six months, as Harry has spoken out more regularly about social justice and systemic racism… he has never, ever explicitly addressed his own past.” 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 4 March  2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.