MJ Rodriguez Becomes First Trans Actress to Win a Golden Globe

It’s the golden hour for Michaela Jaé (MJ) Rodriguez

In a subdued version of its annual awards show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed this year’s Golden Globe winners at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton hotel on Sunday, with the 31-year-old part Puerto Rican actress among the honorees.

MJ RodriguezRodriguez was named Best Actress in a Television Drama for her role as house mother and nurse Blanca on FX’s Pose, marking the first time in history a trans actress has won a Golden Globe.

Rodriguez had previously made history for the first time in the summer of 2021 after becoming the first transgender performer to earn an Emmy nomination in a lead acting category. Rodriguez didn’t end up winning that award.

This time around, Rodriguez proved victorious. And, she took to Instagram to celebrate her win.

“Wow! You talking about sickening birthday present! Thank you! This is the door that is going to open the door for many more young talented individuals,” she wrote on Instagram. “They will see that it is more than possible. They will 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. To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE the door is now open now reach the stars!!!!!”

But Rodriguez wasn’t the only Latina winner this year…

Rachel Zegler, a newcomer to Hollywood, picked up the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical.

The 20-year-old half-Colombian American actress/singer took home the award for her starring role as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, which was named Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical.

“I got cast as María in ‘West Side Story’ on 1/9/19. and I just won a Golden Globe for that same performance, on 1/9/22. Life is very strange,” Zegler adult dating app late Sunday.

Meanwhile, Zegler’s West Side Story co-star, Ariana DeBose, was named Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

The 30-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Broadway star won the award for portraying Anita in the movie musical, a role that earned Rita Moreno a Golden Globe (and Oscar) in 1961.

“There is still work to be done,” DeBose wrote about this year’s controversial Golden Globes. “But when you’ve worked so hard on a project- infused with blood, sweat, tears and love- having the work seen and acknowledged is always going to be special. Thank you.”

Disney’s Latin-themed Encanto, tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, was named Best Animated Feature Film.

Here’s a complete look at this year’s Golden Globe winners:

Best motion picture, drama
“The Power of the Dog”

Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”

Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Will Smith, “King Richard”

Best motion picture, comedy or musical
“West Side Story”

Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story”

Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick… Boom!”

Best director, motion picture
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Best TV series, drama
“Succession” (HBO)

Best actress in a TV series, drama
Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose”

Best actor in a TV series, drama
Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

Best TV series, comedy or musical
“Hacks” (HBO Max)

Best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical
Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Best actor in a TV series, comedy or musical
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Best limited series or TV movie
“The Underground Railroad” (Amazon)

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie
Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie
Michael Keaton, “Dopesick”

Best supporting actress in a TV series
Sarah Snook, “Succession”

Best supporting actor in a TV series
O Yeong-su, “Squid Game”

Best original score, motion picture
Hans Zimmer, “Dune”

Best screenplay, motion picture
Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”

Best animated feature film
“Encanto”

Best foreign language film
“Drive My Car” (Japan)

Best original song, motion picture
“No Time to Die,” from “No Time to Die”

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