Two alumni are nominated for Golden Globe Awards

Issa Rae
Issa Rae (Photo courtesy the Golden Globes)

On Monday, the announcement of nominations for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards included two Stanford alums: STERLING K. BROWN ’98 and ISSA RAE ‘07.

Brown was nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series, or motion picture made for television, for his role in People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. He portrayed Christopher Darden, a prosecutor from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Earlier this year Brown won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor for the same role. He also has been nominated for two SAG awards: drama actor and male actor in a TV movie or miniseries.

Rae was nominated for best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical — for Insecure, the series she created and stars in. Before Insecure, Rae was a producer, writer, director and actress best known for her web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Insecure has been picked up for a second season.

Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown (Wikipedia photograph)

HARRY ELAM, vice provost for undergraduate education, worked closely with both Brown and Rae as an adviser when they were undergraduate students and has stayed in touch with them post-Stanford.

“I cast Sterling in his first play at Stanford during his first year,” Elam said. “He was the lead character, Herald Loomis, in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. One could see even then how gifted he was and how appealing he was as an actor. He was and is a superb talent. Interestingly, also cast in the production was another first year student, RYAN BATHE, another incredibly talented frosh. They are now husband and wife. Sterling is featured actor in the new hit television series, This is Us, and Ryan plays a re-occurring character on the show.

“I also worked with Issa when she was a first year student,” he said. “She was very committed at that early point of writing her own work and acting in it. She created a successful production for homecoming weekend one year that she wrote and played the lead. Her talent and her writing skills, her comedic voice and self-deprecating humor where impressive from the outset.

“Issa partnered with TRACY OLIVER in creating Blackstage, the black theater organization at Stanford. Tracy is now a successful writer and producer in Hollywood and was recently back on campus.”

Elam added, “There is a growing number of young African American Stanford alumni working in Hollywood and succeeding in the television industry including Issa, Tracy, Ryan, Sterling and CHEO COKER, who is the show runner for the Netflix show Luke Cage, and the show also has featured Stanford alums CLARK JACKSON and also JIDENA MOBISSON, who was also on a couple of episodes of Insecure. All of them were involved with the Committee on Black Performing Arts and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts when they were students.”

The Golden Globe Awards recognize excellence in domestic and foreign film and television. The voting body includes members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Presentation of the awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 8, 2017.