The real star of Glass Onion was snubbed by the Golden Globes, and we want to know why

Like its predecessor Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is filled to the brim with a star cast. From Daniel Craig and Kate Hudson to Kathryn Hahn and Dave Bautista; from Leslie Odom Jr. and Madelyn Cline to Jessica Henwick and Edward Norton to the many cameos that season the film like a well seasoned steak: Angela Lansbury, Hugh Grant, Natasha Lyonne, Stephen Sondheim, Ethan Hawke, Kareem Adbul -Jabbar , Yo-Yo Ma and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Nevertheless, the name was on everyone’s lips after the real killer was revealed and the credits rolled Janelle Monae. Her performance was so strong that her name was on the alert on the list of Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy. However, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association released the nominations, Monáe’s name was nowhere to be found, although Ana de Armas had received the nomination in the same category for a similar role as Monáes three years earlier knife out. Daniel Craig was nominated for best actor both times knife out and glass onion.

Leading to glass onion‘s limited theatrical release and debut on Netflix’s streaming platform, the film’s marketing team went to great lengths not to reveal too much about Monáe’s character in the trailer or press releases, and with good reason. Of all the players on the chessboard, including Craig’s vital Benoit Blanc, Monáe is the one with the film on her shoulders.

Janelle Monae in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
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As part of the elite group of friends that tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites to his private island in Greece, Monáe’s character is the film’s true “disruptor,” a term Miles user uses to describe his group of friends for all the different ways they stir the pot of societal norms.

Like Ana de Armas’ character Marta Cabrera from the start knife out Film, Monae in glass onion is the axis around which the film rotates, showing us one angle of her character one minute and another angle the next. If this sounds vague, it’s on purpose; Revealing Monáe’s involvement in the film means revealing a major plot twist.

The 37-year-old actress is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and has starred in Academy Award-winning films such as Hidden Numbers and moonlightnot to mention that she’s a singer whose songs like “Make Me Feel” have rocketed to the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

glass onion In particular, Monáe offered perhaps her greatest challenge as an actress, allowing her to roll around in a sandbox of possibilities and show audiences the breadth of her range.

Behind-the-scenes footage of Janelle Monáe speaking to the director of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
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“It was an incredibly transformative experience for me as an actor,” said Monáe Associated Press. “I had the opportunity to show reach. This character moves from the comedy to the deep emotional dramatic scenes to the action where I was working with a stunt coordinator at 5 or 6 in the morning in Greece after eating baklava.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to honor the women who are the minority in these areas, who are being deprived of their ideas, who are not recognized for their work, who have to deal with these alligators, deal with these tech brothers , take care of these geniuses who actually did nothing but cause confusion.”

Monáe’s snub from the Golden Globes once again questions which actors The Hollywood Foreign Press is scrutinizing and which ones it chooses to ignore. Those who want to see her at her best, nominated or not, can do so on Netflix Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is currently streaming. The real star of Glass Onion was snubbed by the Golden Globes, and we want to know why

Lindsay Lowe

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