Feminism and empowerment took center stage at the 2020 Golden Globes, an award show by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that recognizes excellence in both American and International film, as well as American television.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to recognize a single woman in the nominations for best director and screenwriter this year, but the speeches by winning female artists did not reflect the obvious unease with the system. Rather, they showcased important messages and feminism.
Awkwafina made history as the first Asian-American actress to win Best Actress in a Movie, Musical or Comedy for her role in The Farewell. Her inspiring speech thanked the women in her life who pushed her to this point.
“And to my grandma, my best friend, the woman who raised me, and to my mother, Tia, who I always hope was watching from somewhere above, and I hope that she’s watching now.”
TV personality Ellen was awarded the Carol Burnett Award, a lifetime achievement award in the entertainment industry. DeGeneres reflected on a lifetime of wanting to “fit in” and how television afforded her the opportunity to do not only that but help other people to fit in as well.
“All I ever wanted to do was make people feel good and laugh. And there’s no greater feeling than when someone tells me I’ve made their day better with my show or that I’ve helped them get through sickness or a hard time with their lives. The power of television for me is not that people watch my show, but that they watch my show and then they’re inspired to go out and do the same thing in their own lives.”
Arquette, who accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, led the evening in a political manner, discussing major world issues that are plaguing the nation today.
“We’re not going to look back on this night in the history books. We will see a country on the brink of war, the United States of America. …For our kids, and their kids, we have to vote in 2020 and we have to beg and plead for everyone we know to vote in 2020.”
Easily the most viral and popular moment of the evening was the acceptance speech by Williams, who was awarded Best Actress in a Limited Series. She told the personal anecdote of her own abortion story, and how her ability to choose shaped her acclaim in Hollywood.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose—to choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives … So: Women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote, please do so, in your self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them …Let’s make it look more like us.”