Welcome to the Golden Globes 2018!
At last night’s 75th Annual Golden Globes 2018 Awards, women took the stage and the world by storm. On a night when women are usually remembered for what they wore, this year’s award show took the spotlight off the glitz and glamour and shined it on the power of women and the fight for equality in Hollywood and beyond.
Solidarity and Activism
As one actress after another hit the red carpet in the color black in a show of solidarity, it was clear the importance of this Golden Globes 2018 evening was no longer centered around the question of “Who are You Wearing?” Women and men as well took the red carpet instead to make a strong statement. Many actresses, rather than arriving with a significant other, walked hand-in-hand with women activists. Michelle Williams came with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. Meryl Streep brought i-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Laura Dern arrived with Mónica Ramírez, an activist who organizes against sexual violence in rural areas. These were just a few examples.
Power of Women
Once off the red carpet and inside the Beverly Hilton, the power of women at this Golden Globes 2018 was palpable. As trophy after trophy was handed out and powerful speeches were made, there was no denying the shift in Hollywood has turned. Many of the awards went to movies and shows that focused on the strength of women, many of those nominated featured women as the main characters. The Handmaid’s Tale, which tells the story of women held under the power of a patriarchal society and how they finally gained power, won for Best Drama TV Series. Elisabeth Moss, who plays the lead character, took home a Golden Globe for Best Actress in that same category. Also taking the spotlight last night was Big Little Lies. The TV series, which also centralizes around the theme of men abusing women, won for Best Limited Series. Nicole Kidman won for Best Actress for her lead role in the show, Laura Dern won for Best Supporting Actress and Alexander Skarsgård took home a Globe in the Best Supporting Actor category for the series. While she wasn’t nominated for a Globe herself, Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and her cast took home a win for Best Comedy. The movie’s lead, Saoirse Ronan, was awarded the Globe for the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. The night’s biggest winner though was no doubt Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; winning Best Film, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting actor for Sam Rockwell. The film is a dark story of a mother fighting to find the person who killed and raped her daughter. Stories centered around women continued to shine in the spotlight. Alison Janney won a Best Supporting Actress win for her role in I, Tonya. Rachel Brosnahan won Best Actress in a comedic television role for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The film also won for Best Comedy or Musical Television show.
“New Day is on the Horizon”
The true shining star of the night was unprecedentedly Oprah Winfrey. Not only was the she very first black women to receive the Cecil B. Demille Award at this Golden Globes 2018, but her acceptance speech was the crowning moment of the night. Bringing the audience to their feet several times, with not an eye turned to her and an ear to her every word, her speech was inspiring, empowering and chilling. Bringing her speech to a close, she brought the audience once again to their feet with words that seemed to sum up the night like nobody else could. “So 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, are 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. Thank you.”
Yes, a new day is on the horizon for women everywhere and it was ever prominent and present in last night’s Golden Globes 2018.
Feature photo: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP