Awards and Activism: The Golden Globes Recap

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A sea of black and an armful of gold.  That seemed to be the theme in ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  For the first time since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the award show was not really about the awards given for excellence in film and television.  The awards were secondary to the very present theme of sexual harassment and abuse, women’s equality, and, to quote the great Peter Finch, being mad as hell and not taking it anymore.

Audience
A blackout – The Golden Globe attendees wear black

Ever since the New York Times and The New Yorker broke stories about the alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has come out in full force to have predators removed, ostracized, and prosecuted.  The sheer number of victims to step forward and say that they had been abused and/or harassed by Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Geoffrey Rush, and Brent Rattner, to name a few, proves that this is a behavior that has been allowed to go on for far too long.  The men and women of Hollywood stood up last night to say, “no more”.

Actresses and Activists
A group of actresses and women’s rights activists

The attendees of the Golden Globes all wore black to show solidarity with the growing Me Too movement. Some also sported a “Time’s Up” enamel pin to honor the new Time’s Up Initiative. Time’s Up is a new group of more than 300 women of Hollywood and is “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.” Nine actresses went even further and had a women’s rights activist as their date.

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Seth Meyers letting us in on the joke

Host Seth Meyers did not shy away from any of the uncomfortable subjects of the evening.  His opening monologue skewered Weinstein, Spacey, and Woody Allen.  Meyers also mentioned President Donald Trump, stating that the voting body of the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press, were three of Trump’s least favorite words.  The only thing worse would have been “the Hillary Mexican Salad Association”.  The political discussion did not end with the host, though.  Nicole Kidman, the first winner of the evening for her role of an abused wife in the HBO drama Big Little Lies, mentioned victims of abuse, and making a call for change. This began a trend of both male and female winners speaking out during their acceptance speeches. Oprah Winfrey, the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave an impassioned speech about equality and speaking out, which brought the ballroom to their feet.   Natalie Portman, a co-presenter of the Best Director of a Motion Picture award, reminded the audience that the category consisted of only male nominees.  Barbra Streisand was introduced as the only woman to win the Best Director award for directing 1983s Yentl.  Once she approached the microphone, she mentioned that 34 years is too long between female Best Directors.  It was quite obviously a night for women.

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Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley celebrate Big Little Lies victory

The big award winners of the night were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, and Big Little LiesThree Billboards won awards for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama (Frances McDormond), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay (Martin McDonaugh).  Lady Bird picked up awards for Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy (Saoirse Ronan).  Big Little Lies won four Globes, making it the most honored program in the television categories.  The HBO limited series won Best Motion Picture or Limited Series made for Television, Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series made for Television (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern), and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Alexander Skarsgard).

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Oprah Winfrey

Though the voting bodies for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards do not overlap, a Globes win can be just the boost that a film or a performer need to receive an Academy Award nomination.  The coming guild awards and BAFTAs will begin to solidify the front-runners, but you can bet that Lady Bird and Three Billboards will be leading the pack.

-Ariadne Ansbro

 

See full list of winners below:

Three Billboards - Globes
Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
WINNERThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lady Bird - Globes
Laurie Metcalf, Greta Gerwig, and Saoirse Ronan celebrate Lady Bird‘s wins

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
WINNER: Lady Bird

Coco - Globes
Coco wins Best Animated Motion Picture

Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
WINNERCoco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Fatih Akin and Diane Kruger In the Fade - Globes
Fatih Akin receives a kiss from Diane Kruger after winning Best Foreign Film for In the Fade

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
WINNERIn the Fade
Loveless
The Square

McDormand - Globes
Frances McDormand

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Oldman - Globes
Gary Oldman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Ronan - Globes
Saoirse Ronan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
WINNER: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Franco - Globes
James Franco accepting the award for Best Actor with Tommy Wiseau and Dave Franco by his side

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
WINNER: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Janney - Globes
Allison Janney

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Rockwell - Globes
Sam Rockwell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

del Toro - Globes
Guillermo del Toro

Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER
: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

McDonaugh - Globes
Martin McDonagh

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post
WINNER: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

Desplat - Globes
Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Song
Justin Paul and Benj Pasek win Best Original Song for The Greatest Showman

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
WINNER: “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Handmaid's Tale - Globes
Cast and crew of The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Mrs. Maisel - Globes
Cast and crew of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Blackish
WINNERThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Big Little Lies - Globes
Cast and crew of Big Little Lies

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Kidman - Globes
Nicole Kidman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

McGregor - Globes
Ewan McGregor

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
WINNER: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Moss - Globes
Elizabeth Moss

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Brown - Globes
Sterling K. Brown

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
WINNERSterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Brosnahan - Globes
Rachel Brosnahan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Ansari - Globes
Aziz Ansari

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
WINNER: Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Dern - Globes
Laura Dern

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER
: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Skarsgard - Globes
Alexander Skarsgard

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
WINNER: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo

 

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