A recap of the 75th Golden Globe Awards
On Sunday, January 7th, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California the 75th Golden Globes was held. Hosting the Globes was Seth Meyers. There were many big names in attendance like Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, even Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban.
Although this is not a sporting event there were still a few upsets that night. The biggest being the Best Drama Motion Picture, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” won, but the “Shape of Water” was slated to win that night. For Best Original Song from a Motion Picture, “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” was the predicted winner, but “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” came out with the only win for that movie of the night.
The award show was the first major award show to occur since the sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein started a domino effect in Hollywood and in politics. It was a very empowering night for women everywhere. As a way to stand in solidarity with the women standing up against sexual harassment, most attendants wore black. The host of the show, Seth Meyers, started off the evening with “Good evening ladies and remaining gentleman” and did not miss a beat after.
While women had a lot to say that night, men were most notably quiet on the issue. Many men made a minimal effort during the awards in the #MeToo, Times Up campaign, like those who have yet to come forward in support but wore sleek black pins that said ‘Times Up’. Seth Meyers being the exception, acknowledging that a man doing his job was probably not the smartest decision but he did well by giving an opening monologue that was funny but not overlooking, and self-depreciating enough to make up for the lack of a woman in his position.
Sterling K. Brown from This is Us gave a speech after winning Best Actor in a TV Drama that acknowledged another issue that is still going on. It was the best non-#MeToo speech given that night. He spoke about his character and thanked the creator of the show, Dan Fogelman, for writing a character for a black man and not making it a color-blind role meaning anybody could play it, and giving him the opportunity.
Last but certainly not least, no one can forget the biggest event of the night: Oprah’s speech after she won the Cecil B. DeMille award. Oprah did a good job of blending her personal life, career, and politics into one speech. She spoke of herself as a child watching the first black man, Sidney Poitier, to receive an award at the Golden Globes and of her mother “bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses”. She also talked about Recy Taylor who was raped and left on the side of the road beaten by white males who were never charged, and how the world is changing, that this behavior is no longer being tolerated. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said, “But their time is up. Their time is up!” By this time the audience was on its feet in a thunderous applause. “Their time is up!” She finished the speech with, “A new day is on the horizon. A time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again”.
In case anybody missed the Golden Globes, here is a rundown of what you missed: Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out was pretty unamused during the entire ceremony and was not having it. Oprah sat front and center and made a lot of people starstruck, so naturally, she got a lot of shoutouts for just being Oprah. Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson sang in one of the winners of the night. James Franco stiff-armed Tommy Wiseau when Wiseau tried to steal the mic during Franco’s speech after winning Best Actor in a motion picture Musical or Comedy. Also, Natalie Portman gets the award for the sharpest one-liner of the night. While presenting the award for best director she added in “all male” during the nominee presentation.
All in all, the Golden Globes was a night for Hollywood to come together and say that they are done with powerful men taking advantage of their power and it’s time for women to step up and take the lead. Or in other words times up.