10 Fabulous Things That Happened at the 2018 Golden Globes
Sure - you could say it was another typical awards show full of celebs patting themselves on the back (#truth); that the men did not speak up enough (or, more accurately: at all); that the mood was at times too light and at other times too dark; that the jokes were in poor taste. But I want to focus on the positive. Because a lot of positive things happened Sunday night at the 75th Annual Golden Globes. Because when you see this much unity, empowerment, solidarity and open dialogue about important issues concerning women -- and everyone wearing the same color to boot -- you have to celebrate it. So I'm going to do just that...
1. It was a Kelly Clarkson kinda night!
Kelly met her celebrity idol, Meryl Streep...and Steve Carell met Kelly Clarkson, whose name he screamed in 2005's The 40-Year Old Virgin and whom he had never actually met in person. It was all so sweet and fun, it reminds you that stars, they're just like us.
2. Debra Messing put E! on blast for pay inequality among their female (e.g. Catt Sadler) and male hosts
The best part? She said all this while being interviewed by E!
3. The women wore the pants!
Pants were everywhere on women and I loved it! This trend may not pass muster with the "Fashion Police" set but - fuck it - what do they know?? They aren't even paying their hosts fairly!
Below is: Alexis Bleidel in Oscar de la Renta; Alison Brie in Vassilis Zoulias; Maggie Gyllenhaal in custom Monse; Susan Kelechi Watson in Monsoori; Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs (with jogger pants underneath); and Kyra Sedgwick, Debra Messing and Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano.
4. The ladies cleaned up!
I don't know if this was planned or just plain kismet but some of my favorite shows featuring, starring and written by women won big: Big Little Lies (HBO) took home Best Miniseries or TV Film; Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale nabbed Best TV Series - Drama; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) took Best TV series - Musical or Comedy; and Ladybird (A24) was anointed Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. If you haven't watched/seen any of the above, you now have some work to do.
5. One word: OPRAH
Inspiring, powerful, emotional. If you haven’t seen it by now you can read/watch the full speech here. #oprah2020
6. Elizabeth Moss accepting her GG for Best Actress - TV Drama
In a night full of great speeches, this one stands out. Elizabeth quoted Margaret Atwood, the author of The Handmaid's Tale:
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print.”
Then later added herself: “We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print, and we are writing the story ourselves.”
7. Bringing female activists as dates
Eight actresses — Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Shailene Woodley — told their significant others to bugger off and brought female activists as their dates. The activists included:
- Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement;
- Calina Lawrence, of the Suquamish Tribe, an advocate for Native Treaty Rights and the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement;
- Billie Jean King, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and advocate for women’s and LGBT rights;
- Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a U.K.-based women's organization;
- Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign;
- Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley;
- Rosa Clemente, an activist focused on political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence; and
- Monica Ramirez, who works to end sexual violence against women, particularly farm workers, and also advocates for Latina empowerment.
Read more about each woman here.
8. Seth Meyers did OK by me
He was self-deprecating and restrained and addressed the "elephant" as plainly and respectfully as possible. As the New York Times put it: "an opening monologue that was not too glib but not too preachy, funny but not out of touch, self-effacing without veering into humble-braggy." I'd call that a win.
9. Natalie Portman
10. A night of firsts, not just for women.
It was historic in a number of diverse ways: Sterling K. Brown is the first black actor to win for leading performance in a TV drama; Aziz Ansari is the first Asian male actor to win best leading performance in a TV comedy; and as we all know, Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award. And I also have to note because I love him: Best Post-Win Celebration goes to Aziz Ansari and his pal Eric Wareheim (#bigbudlilbud) for hitting the In-N-Out Burger after the show. Is there anything cuter?
What a night. Time's up fuckers. #timesup