“There’s a new era underway,” host Seth Meyers said in his opening monologue at the 75th Golden Globes, “and I can tell, because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.” The red carpet, which is usually devoted to bubbly, albeit meaningless, conversations about who’s wearing what, served instead as a catwalk to showcase the powerful women wearing black. Women took center stage at the January 7th awards show, standing in solidarity with the #MeToo and Times Up movements.
Actress Debra Messing talked about her decision to wear black during her red carpet interview, calling out the gender disparity that exists within the very network that was broadcasting the awards show. “I was so shocked to hear E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” Messing remarked.
Female-driven films and television shows such as Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lady Bird, and more were honored with awards. With acceptance speeches full of serious commentary regarding the months of sexual harassment allegations, it was obvious that the Golden Globes is at the forefront of Hollywood’s changing awards show dynamic.
The show was marked by many iconic moments, most notably Natalie Portman’s savage “And here are the all-male nominees” call-out when presenting the category for best director. Everyone seemed to be paying particular attention to Oprah Winfrey, who was seated in the front row and was the recipient of Cecil B. DeMille Award. Winfrey delivered an empowering speech that encapsulated the theme of the night.
“I want all the girls watching here and 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,” Winfrey said.
Many actresses chose to forgo bringing traditional dates and instead invited activists to attend the event. Some notable couples include Emma Watson and Marai Larasi, Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo, Michelle Williams and Tarena Burke, and Emma Stone showed up with Billie Jean King, who she had recently portrayed in Battle of the Sexes. Margot Robbie brought controversial former figure skater Tonya Harding, an alleged victim of domestic violence who Robbie portrays in the new movie I, Tonya that seeks to reclaim Harding’s image.
“It was really great to be in this room tonight and to be a part of a tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure. Trust me, the women inhere tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work,” Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Frances McDormand said in her acceptance speech for her lead drama actress win.
“There’s no going back,” McDormand added. “No, we just go forward, in the best possible way.”
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