Last night was the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Typically referred to as Hollywood’s biggest party, the award show hosted a slew of celebrities and a movement. The Time’s Up movement was the real winner last night. Celebrities began sharing their plans to wear black to show support for those who spoke up about inequality, abuse, and sexual harassment over the last year a few weeks ago.
Almost everyone in attendance wore black, many wore Time’s Up pins, and a majority of the speeches discussed the initiative. Seth Meyers hosted the show with humor and addressed “the elephant not in the room” early on, Oprah brought the crowd to their feet in the most moving and inspirational speech, possibly in history, and shade was thrown on the Red Carpet. Here are the 5 moments the Twitterverse can’t stop talking about from the Golden Globes.
Are they serving tea here? #GoldenGlobes
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2018
Let’s be clear. Time’s Up is not a moment, it’s a movement. Celebrities were quick to remind people of that on the red carpet and throughout the show. The Time’s Up movement stole the stage in every category. The movement addresses the systematic inequality, abuse, and injustice in the workplace towards underrepresented groups. The initiative was the main topic of the conversation on the carpet and in speeches. Celebrities showed their support in many forms, such as bringing women making a difference as their plus one, opting for a suit over a dress, and reminding the audience that time is up and they will not be silenced.
It’s Oprah’s world, and we are lucky to live in it! Oprah was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement making history as the first black woman to win the award. Her speech brought everyone to their feet and by the end, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The speech was incredibly motivating describing the legacy of Recy Taylor and Rosa Parks and letting the world know that time is truly up. She made mention of the little girls watching this speech and ended with a call to action asking the audience to take action so “No one has to say ‘Me too’ again.” Oprah left the audience inspired, emotional, and wondering, given the political tone of the speech, if Oprah 2020 could be a reality.
Leading up to the main event, celebrities and attendees tweeted about the Time’s Up movement with some specifically calling out E! News for their recent scandal with Catt Sadtler. A few weeks ago she announced her departure from the network after learning her male counterpart Jason Kennedy was making double her salary, and the network wouldn’t renegotiate an equal salary. Giuliana Rancic caught the first curveball of the night during her interview with Debra Messing. Instead of asking guests who they were wearing, E! asked guests why they chose to wear the color black. Debra Messing articulately described her reasoning and support of the Time’s Up movement and called out E! News for not providing equal pay for men and women. Sarah Jessica Parker, Laura Dern, and Eva Longoria were some of the other starts to make mention of the network’s salary issue.
The film about the making of the best worst movie ever won big! James Franco took home the Globe for best actor in a comedy for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. If you’re anything like me, you love full-circle Hollywood moments and James’ speech was one of them. He brought Tommy Wiseau and his little brother Dave Franco to the stage. He read a quote from Tommy about being stuck in traffic during the Golden Globes nineteen years ago. James also thanked his brother Dave and discussed his dream come true of having a relationship like the Cohen Brothers. Tommy tried to grab the mic and say a few words but James wasn’t going to let him take away his moment, as he clearly had something prepared and Twitter had a lot to say about it.
Oprah’s speech was a tough act to follow but Natalie Portman rose to the challenge. Natalie Portman and Ron Howard took the stage to introduce the category for Best Director. Howard introduced the category stating they were honored to present the award, and Portman added, “and here are the all-male nominees.” Twitter went wild in support of her statement and many made mention of Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig being snubbed. Barbara Streisand took to the stage later and made mention that she is the only female to win that category and that was in 1984.
"And here are the all male nominees." Natalie Portman calls it for what it is.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 8, 2018
Last night was certainly one to remember and was only the beginning of a change in Hollywood, and across all industries. Awards season is far from over, what are your predictions for Oscar night? Tweet us with your thoughts @socialfly.
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