Actresses bringing female activists as their dates
On January 1st, over 300 women in the entertainment industry signed a letter announcing the formation of Time’s Up, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and fighting harassment in workplaces across all industries. Deciding to use the high visibility of an event like this for good to continue to bring awareness to such a pervasive problem, many women and men vowed to wear black to the Globes. In addition, eight actresses brought women who are leading the charge for change in other industries as their guests for the evening. Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, pioneer of the #MeToo movement, and director of Girls for Gender Equality. Emma Watson brought Marai Larasi, director of Imkaan, a British organization focusing on ending violence against women of color. Tennis player Billie Jean King accompanied Emma Stone, who played her in Battle of the Sexes. Amy Poehler brought restaurant workers advocate Saru Jayaraman, Shailene Woodley’s guest was Native American activist Calina Lawrence, and Laura Dern brought Monica Ramirez, who fights for sexual assault victims in the farmworking industry. Rosa Clemente, journalist and community organizer, accompanied Susan Sarandon, and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo got to go with Meryl Streep.
Debra Messing and others calling out E! News for their lack of equal pay right to their faces live on air
A few weeks ago, TV personality Catt Sadler left her job as host of E! News after finding out that she was being paid significantly less than her male co-host Jason Kennedy (his salary was almost double hers). E! is one of the biggest outlets on the red carpet at these awards shows, and many wondered if interviewees would call them on it. Several did, and it was glorious. Debra Messing was one of the first people interviewed, and did not hold back at all.
Women are SO done. Sarah Jessica Parker, Eva Longoria, and Laura Dern also addressed the equal pay issue in their E! interviews as well.
Amy Poehler channeling Rep. Maxine Waters
Amy was part of Seth Meyers’ opening monologue, and coined the new phrase we’ll all be using the next time we’re ready for drinks.
Oprah launching Winfrey 2020
This year’s Cecil B. DeMille award recipient was Oprah Winfrey (she’s the first black women to ever receive it) and her speech was phenomenal. Granted, she was the only person who knew for sure that she was winning an award so she had time to prepare it. Still, I’ve seen many people accept that award whose speeches haven’t come anywhere close to this. Hers was damn near perfect. If you didn’t watch the ceremony, you need at least watch this speech. Even if you did see it live, it’s well worth watching again.
Seth Meyers made the “Oprah PLEASE run for President” joke in his monologue, and even though she’s been very clear in the past about not having any interest in politics, some are having semi-serious conversations about it now. As far as TV show hosts/business moguls go, Oprah would have been 1000% the way to go instead of what we have now because she’s actually “like, really smart.” It’s not gonna happen, folks.
Natalie Portman giving no f*cks
After Oprah’s killer speech I actually said, “Oh man, who has to follow that?” It was Ron Howard and Natalie Portman! They walked out on stage to present the award for Best Director. In case anyone thought that the women in the room were going to let up for one second about how over sexist bullshit they are, our girl Nat vanquished that notion real quick.
I’m obsessed with her “yeah I just said that, deal with it” look. In any given year, we’re lucky if there’s one prominent project directed by a woman. This year there were three, and not one of them got a nomination for Best Director. You could maybe make the argument that Dee Rees’ Mudbound never really gained momentum going into awards season, and that these shows are very wary of Netflix films. And you could maybe make the argument that despite how fantastic it is, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still a superhero film, and those are always overlooked for awards. They’d be very weak arguments for why those two women were overlooked, but I’ve seen them floating around. But Greta Gerwig not getting a nomination was particularly egregious. Her film, Lady Bird, was one of the best reviewed of the year, and not only did lead actress Saoirse Ronan win for her role in the film, Lady Bird won Best Picture- Musical or Comedy. Numerous aspects of the film were deemed worthy of a nomination or win, except the woman who cultivated all of it. NOPE.
Frances McDormand being an icon
When the camera cut to Frances McDormand during her Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri costar Sam Rockwell’s Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech, we were treated to watching her shooing a camera person out of her way.
— curtis (@curtjaxon) January 8, 2018
Later in the night she won Best Actress in a Drama, and reminded us all why we love her so much. She is completely comfortable in her skin and absolutely unapologetic about who she is and it’s so admirable and inspiring. She’s like your favorite Aunt, the one that you hang out with at your boring family reunion because you know she’ll have a flask full of something good, tons of snarky comments, and sage life advice.
Honorable Mention: Taika Waititi seizing the moment
After the package presenting Call Me By Your Name as a nominee for Best Picture Drama there was a shot of the table with nominated actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, as well as director Luca Guadagnino. Who did I spy snuggled right in between Armie and his wife Elizabeth? Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Chris Hemsworth brought him as his guest, but why not get right in there next to a handsome man and share the spotlight for a movie that you’re not involved in when you have the chance? I hope you basked in that moment for all of us, Taika.
Takes on *extremely old lady from an 1870s period piece movie accent*: “Get me my smelling salts!” pic.twitter.com/0tHehDSX0g
— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) January 8, 2018
I don’t know about everyone else, but this Globes got me very excited for the rest of awards season.