'Pose' bags 2 Golden Globe nominations and here's why the FX show deserves it all

Meaww was of the view, two months ago, that the show deserved Golden Globe nominations, and we still abide by all the reasons why


                            'Pose' bags 2 Golden Globe nominations and here's why the FX show deserves it all

"And the category is... Golden Globes!"

Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series, 'Pose,' bagged two Golden Globe nominations and guess what? This is our moment too because we told you that this would happen. The show first aired in June this year on FX, and while at first, it seemed the series was not getting enough praise for all its worth, the first season soon rose to critical acclaim and within a month of its premiere, it was renewed for season two.

Murphy is not unknown to the world of Golden Globes and various other awards, but the cast and crew, however, are. Tony Award winner Billy Porter is the only familiar face on the show (besides Evan Peters on the side role) who plays the prime role of an emcee, Pray Tell.

His rendition of the role as a HIV positive ballroom emcee, fashion designer and father figure in the drag community is so outstanding Porter secured a separate nomination for the 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama'; and to be honest, we are not at all surprised.

Equally exceptional are also the roles played by three other main leads, all trans women of color; Mj Rodriguez as Blanca, Dominque Jackson as Elektra Abundance, and Indya Moore as sex worker Angel. The remarkable history made by this particular show also stands on the fact that 'Pose' boasts the largest transgender cast in TV history, centering on multiple trans and cisgender characters participating in ball culture in the late 1980s.

With over 140 trans and L.G.B.T.Q. people both in front of the camera and behind it, the show has highlighted the community. The buzz for the show to be nominated in the upcoming Golden Globes started way back in October. Putting together a TV series like this is an assurance that in a world consumed by quick-moving, easy-tv that is all fun and laughter and nothing, there are yet stories to be told with fun, laughter, tears and everything in between.

Murphy, the $300 million man of Hollywood, has produced ample of award-winning series such as 'Nip/Tuck', 'Glee', 'American Horror Story' and 'The People v. O.J. Simpson,' but when it comes to 'Pose,' it is his very personal take. Prior to the debut, Murphy told Vanity Fair that "some people have wrongheaded views of the trans community or the gay community, and this show is really about seeing them as full human beings.”

And that is exactly what the show is all about. Throughout the eight episodes, the narration focuses on the people who lived the 1980's New York's drag ballroom culture and their challenges. As I had penned in the above-mentioned October article, "unlike other shows featuring transgenders, this, in particular, does not focus on the sad story or the tragedy of not fitting into societal norms, rather it rejoices in the fact even while demonstrating harsh realities." 

The plot of the show revolves around the 1980's drag ballroom culture where many ostracized trans and queer people took refuge as a place to be who they want to be. The show pursues on the idea of family as the ostracized lot belong to a "house" where they compete neck-to-neck with other houses in the underground ballroom scene.

The harsh realities of the time are reflected in the environment where the HIV AIDS epidemic was at its peak and many were dying of the disease, yet the Reagan government was doing nothing to prevent it because they viewed the LGBT+ community something as a curse, as told by Pray Tell in one of the episodes.

The show despite being set in the 1980s is more than relevant today because of the lurking importance of Donald Trump in the series. Evan Peters, who plays the role of Angel's married lover Stan, works at Trump Tower, representing the corrupt corporate structure as his boss is loosely based on the president himself, arguably. Besides this, the show tackles current issues including transphobia in the gay community itself. 

For those who have not watched the show, this may sound a somber-serious watch, but the genius of Murphy is weaved in such a way that it is not. The series spanning across eight episodes feels a lot like a family reunion, where breakup pains and tears your heart but makeups make you cry with joy.



 

Fans are thrilled that the show got the 2019 Golden Globe nominations it so rightly deserved for the 'Best Television Series – Drama' and 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama,' however, we would have liked to see more. But there's season two underway and we are assured that the groundbreaking drama is no mind frame to stop its groundbreaking momentum. As the show continues to inspire us, here is us heralding the exciting 2019 with this introduction/conclusion "the category is.... Golden Globes" in Pray Tell's voice!

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