By Joanne Rosa
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards went on last night, and we have a lot to talk about.
Last night’s Golden Globes was the first award show since the horrific sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood stars shook the nation. We can all agree that black is chic no matter how it is worn, but actresses wore black for the Time’s Up movement. Some also sported pins proclaiming the cause of the night.
The movement was created just two weeks ago, and “aimed at protecting women who are facing sexual harassment in all sectors of the workforce,” according to Variety and is in response to the Me Too movement.
Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Susan Sarandon, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Shailene Woodley, and Amy Poehler all brought activists of their choice to the Globes.
More gender-inequality drama unfolded last month when E! News anchor Catt Sadler left after learning there was a “massive disparity in pay” between her and co-anchor Jason Kennedy. Debra Messing spoke out on the E! Golden Globes red carpet (ironic) about the lack of equal pay at E! “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler, and so we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.” You tell them, Debra!
Friend to the show Seth Meyers hosted last night. He promised the show would be politically charged and he didn’t disappoint. Seth opened his monologue with, “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen… There’s a new era under way, I can tell, because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.” He brought attention to the news that is (still) on everyone’s mind with gags like, “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.” He didn’t fail to mention the obvious Harvey Weinstein scandal that launched hundreds of people to come forward with their sexual harassment stories in Hollywood. “I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room. Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam.'” Needless to say, Seth Meyers pushed the edge of edgy without being crude.
Nicole Kidman was the first to win a Golden Globe award last night. She was recognized as best actress in a limited series/TV movie for her role in “Big Little Lies” on HBO. She repeated a few of the same moments last night as she did at the 2017 Emmy Awards. First of all, Nicole and husband Keith Urban shared the most awkward kiss. At least this time she was kissing her IRL hubby and not her TV hubby. Then, Nicole started by her acceptance speech declaring, “First cab off the rank. That means my daughters are still awake. So Sunny, Faith, I love you. I’m bringing this home to you, babies.” In any case, the rest of her speech was lovely and poised. Plus, despite that awkward kiss, she made our hearts melt with her closing statement to Keith. “When my cheek is against yours everything melts away and that is love. It’s true. I love you so much.”
Speaking of Emmy repeats, Sterling K. Brown took home another award for his role in “This Is Us,” and this time he made history. He received the best actor in a TV series drama award. Sterling is the first black actor to win this award. He wasn’t aware he made history last night until he went to the Golden Globes press room, according to Deadline. He feels a “tremendous sense of pride,” and told People that he plans to put his Golden Globe in his garage. “That’s not a bad thing… I have a display case… it’s cool.” Yeah, no biggie!
Oprah Winfrey received the Cecille B. DeMille award last night, which Seth Meyers called an honor for Cecille B. DeMille. Reese Witherspoon presented the award to her, and gave credit to not only what a wonderful, powerful, and sincere woman Oprah is, but also to her hugs. “Oprah’s hugs could end wars, solve world peace. It’s like your oldest, dearest friend has just seen you after the longest journey of your life. It’s that good.” If only! Reese closed her speech with a simple thank you from everyone she has ever affected positively. “Oprah, thank you for your grace and your generosity and your wisdom. And thank you for your powerful contributions to the world of film and television. In this and everything you do, you’ve changed our lives.”
Oprah is the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award. Her speech ran chills through viewers, and caused tears and a standing ovation from those in the live audience. Here are her most moving quotes from her speech.
“I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this… Speaking your truth is the most powerful truth we all have… I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue…. they’re the women whose names we will never know… I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again. Thank you.”
Immediately following Oprah’s acceptance speech, Natalie Portman and Ron Howard took the stage to announce the best director. Now, Oprah is a tough act to follow, probably the toughest. But Natalie Portman threw the best shade of the night with her line, “here are the all-male nominees.” Savage. By the way, congratulations to winner Guillermo del Toro for the work in “The Shape of Water.”
Barbara Streisand closed the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards presenting the best motion picture drama award. Before she delved into that, she remarked on the lack of female directors in film and TV. “I’m the only woman to get the best director award [at the Golden Globes]… that was 1984; that was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up!” The award of the night went to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”