On Sunday, Michaela Jae “Mj” Rodriguez won her first Golden Globe award for her role in the TV drama show “Pose.” It created history as the 31-year old became the first openly trans woman to win a Globe. Her TV drama show also won its first award since it debuted in 2018. Winning the best actress role was a formidable achievement for the actress who celebrated her victory with a long Instagram post.
On Sunday, Mj Rodriguez posted that winning the award was a “sickening birthday present” and expressed her thanks. She said that it would open the doors for several young and talented individual as they would know that it was possible to win an award.
She added that people would “see that a young, black Latina girl from Newark, New Jersey, who had a dream, to change the minds others would WITH LOVE. LOVE WINS.”
She added, “To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach the stars!!!!!”
She also gave a shout out to the other nominees who were
Christine Baranski—The Good Fight
Jennifer Aniston—The Morning Show
Uzo Aduba—In Treatment
Elizabeth Moss—The Handmaid’s Tale
She posted: “To the nominees we are Queens. I’m so happy to share space with you! Each and every last one of you women are phenomenal.”
Mj Rodrigues played the role of Blanca Evangelista on the FX TV drama “Pose.” The show premiered in 2018 and completed its third and final season in June 2021. The show had hired a few transgender members to play different roles as the show explored the underground LGBTQ+ ball culture in New York.
The 79th Annual Golden Globes Awards was beset with problems this year. The LA Times broke a story that exposed its lack of inclusive culture as it did not have a single black journalist. There was a huge backlash following the story. In May 2021, NBC backed out of broadcasting the show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) took steps and added 21 new members from diverse backgrounds.
Although the Golden Globes Award function was held in its traditional venue of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, there was no red carpet, no star power and no live telecast. So, winner of the best actress award in a TV drama Mj Rodriguez had to post her winning speech online, on social media, on Instagram.