Many held their breath in anticipation for last night’s award ceremonies. This was, after all, set to be the first big awards show since the countless Hollywood scandals erupted. The Golden Globes needed to do what it’s always done: celebrate amazing artists and creators and keep the night fun, but it also needed to address the severity of what’s going on in not only the entertainment industry, but the world itself. And though this ceremony, like any, featured a few awkward moments and a few snubs, the 75th Golden Globes felt different than any other ceremony. It had an air of unity, and a lot of the speeches reflected that. The red carpet itself reflected it with almost every person attending wearing black, and many wearing pins that read “Times Up”. Let’s take a look at some of the best moments of 2018’s award show.
1. Seth Meyers’ Hilariously Honest Opening Monologue
I was overjoyed when I found out that Seth Meyers would be hosting the Golden Globes, and anyone who watches his show will know why. His Late Night segment ‘A Closer Look’ dives right into the heart of politics and scandal. He’s able to find the perfect balance of informative and humorous, addressing serious issues but still making us laugh. This was how he opened the Golden Globes. All you really need to do is take a look at his opening line to get a feel for the monologue.
“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen…it’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.”
Meyers even adapted another segment on his show, Jokes Seth Can’t Tell, and had various celebrities help him out with the punchlines to some painfully and hilariously honest jokes. Overall, a great way to start the evening. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it now. Believe me, it’s 12 minutes well-spent.
Sterling K. Brown’s Acceptance Speech
This speech, short as it was, was one of the most moving of the night. Sterling K. Brown won Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama, last night, for his portrayal of Randall Pearson on the hit series This Is Us. This was a historic moment as Brown is the first black actor to win for leading performance in a television drama. In his speech, Brown thanks This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman for writing a character that not only could be played by a black man, but that was created to be played by a black man. A necessary step in the right direction.
Natalie Portman Calling Out Sexism
Natalie Portman and Ron Howard were the announcers for Best Director, but before they started naming the nominees, Portman slid in this improvised line:
“And here are the all male nominees…”
Everyone was caught off guard, but couldn’t help but laugh. There were many incredible films directed by women in 2017 and yet none of these directors were nominated. Now, don’t get me wrong, the men nominated are extremely talented as well. Christopher Nolan happens to be a personal favourite of mine, and I’m glad to see these fantastic directors be praised for their work. But here’s the problem: women are not being praised. In one, short sentence, Portman said what we were all thinking, but what no one was saying: the fact that no female directors were nominated is a problem.
Laura Dern’s Acceptance Speech
Laura Dern won best actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance in Big Little Lies. Dern gave a lot of love and gratitude to the Big Little Lies cast and crew, but ended the speech a sad truth that she hopes to change. Her character on the show, as she says, is scared to speak out. And that’s the world we live in, where silence is normalized. But if we continue to listen to those who tell their truths, if we continue to support each other, that may change. Her speech, like Brown’s, is short. But it’s incredibly powerful.
Oprah Receiving The Cecil B. de Mille Award
There is nothing I can say about Oprah’s speech that adequately describes its poignant beauty. It’s educational, it’s moving, and inspirational above all else. It gives us hope for the future. This is a must watch.
What were your favourite moments from the 75th Golden Globes?