Watch Mj Rodriguez's Emotional Speech After Historic Golden Globes Win
In light of the surging ongoing global pandemic – as well as a deluge of recent criticism – the Golden Globes looked a little different for 2022. Instead of a glamorous, televised event, the HFPA held a small private party and tweeted out the winners in a slightly chaotic fashion – we are talking no photos of talent and sometimes forgetting to mention the project the win was for. In the postings though, Michaela Jae Rodriguez made history for taking home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama trophy for her role as Blanca Evangelista in the final season of Pose.
“You talking about sickening birthday present,” she wrote to Instagram. The win made her the first trans person to win a Golden Globe. “To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE, the door is now open reach the stars!!!!!” She had previously made history as the first trans actress to be nominated for a Golden Globe in the lead actress category.
But Rodriguez had more to say and came back to the platform later.
“Ok, I gotta keep myself together!” she said in an Instagram Live. “I got to take a moment to say this because I couldn’t really say all of this in a post.”
“Number one, thank you Golden Globes. This is for the LGBTQAI, Black, Latina, Asian … the many multi-beautiful colors of the rainbow around the world. This is not just for me, this is for y’all. This is the door that opens up for y’all. Not me, for y’all. There’s going to be so many young individuals – young, talented, thriving individuals – that are going to be able to trail in, storm in the door. This is for y’all.
I don’t know how many times I have to say it – I’m probably going to sound like a broken record,” she continued. “You know there were no acceptance speeches so I’m going to give it here. I’m very thankful for the very many people that came together with this show: Mr. Ryan Murphy, thank you for actually seeing me; Steven Canals, bitch you wrote the hell out of this show; Miss Janet Mock, you took it, you swooped it … BAM!” After verbally stumbling for a second she continued.
“Our Lady J, you came in like an angel in the night and graced us with your beautiful writing as well,” she said. “To my beautiful family: Dominique Jackson, Hailee Sahar, Angelica Ross, Indya freaking Moore…”
In addition, Out100 cover star Ariana DeBose won a Golden GloBe for her role as Anita in West Side Story.