This year’s Golden Globe Awards Ceremony featured a new vibe this year. Several surprises, instances of throwing shade, and calls for solidarity and action made for an interesting, fresh, and welcomed change. Many wore black showing support for those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
During the awards, there were a lot of key moments that made the night memorable. One of which was Oprah. Attendees and viewers alike gave high praise to Oprah for her speech after winning the Cecil B DeMille award (which is a lifetime achievement). Many called for her to run for president in 2020 after hearing it. She was the first black woman to win this award, and her speech honored past and present heroes and looked forward to a future where no one has to say #MeToo. She earned a standing ovation.
Sterling K Brown, an actor who famously plays Randall on TV’s “This Is Us’ was notably the first black man to win best actor in a TV drama. He gave a shout out to the show’s creator, saying, “You wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man, and so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and I’m being appreciated for who I am. That makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anyone who looks like me,”.
In addition to both of those awards, there was also some shade thrown by Natalie Portman and Barbra Streisand. Portman, during the announcement for best director, started by saying, “Here are the all male nominees”. Streisand acknowledged that she was the only woman to get best director at the Golden Globes, and that was in 1984. To that, she criticizes the awards saying, “Folks, time’s up!”
Being the first major awards show since the national movement over sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond, none of this is that surprising. It was still a celebration of talent and well-deserved recognition, but it was also a call to action to stay active in the fight to end these injustices.