Golden Globes Awards Put Spotlight on #MeToo, #TimesUp
Last night’s Golden Globes struck a pretty different tone for the awards show often considered a more fun, drunker prelude to Oscar season. That’s because this was the first awards show post-Harvey Weinstein, and the women of Hollywood weren’t going to let anyone forget what that means.
Those in attendance (and even those at home) decided to wear black to bring attention to sexual harassment and assault, and a legal defense fund for victims was created around the event, raising more than $15 million. Plus, as Reese Witherspoon tweeted, time will now be counted as Before Oprah’s Speech and After Oprah’s Speech.
During an awards show where the winners mattered less than usual, here’s some of the highlights from last night’s ceremony:
- Seth Meyers nailed his opening monologue, immediately addressing the #MeToo movement and making some searing jokes at the expense of Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Watch the monologue here.
- Natalie Portman nabbed the chance to roast the Hollywood Foreign Press for nominating only men for Best Director. This was especially biting considering the fact that, later in the night, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird would walk away with the top award in the Best Comedy or Musical category.
- Debra Messing pulled no punches when being interviewed by E! prior to the show, commenting on how disappointed she’d been to recently learn of a pay discrepancies between male and female employees at the network.
- Several activists were brought along as guests to the awards show, including Tarana Burke and Ai-jen Poo, Saru Jayaraman, and others.
- And, last but absolutely not least, that Oprah speech though. Oprah became the first African American woman to be given the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award, and her speech brought down the house. Oprah touched on racism, sexism, classism, and more, on top of our current political climate. It’s a powerful speech, and worth watching if you missed it.
- Sterling K. Brown made history as the first African American man to win the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a TV Drama.
- Newcomer show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won best comedy, and its star, Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a TV comedy.
- Both Get Out and Call Me By Your Name were totally shut out, taking home no awards. They were robbed! Better luck next month at the Oscars.