Sunday’s 2018 Golden Globes Awards ushered in awards season and set an empowering, celebratory tone. While eyes were on the award-winners, many celebrities used the publicity to raise awareness of pervasive sexual harassment and gender inequality.
Most celebrities attending the ceremony wore black outfits with pins reading “Time’s Up” to show support and solidarity for those who experienced sexual harassment. Some invited activists to the ceremony, including Meryl Streep (“Sophie’s Choice”), Emma Watson (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”). Host Seth Meyers addressed the #MeToo campaign and the general issue of sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond with tasteful and cognizant jokes.
The #MeToo campaign was sparked in response to the revelation of sexual harassment in the media industry. Several prominent figures in the entertainment industry including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been accused of sexual misconduct, and the phrase “Me Too” was used to show the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and misogyny in society.
Several actors and actresses including Rose McGowan (“Charmed”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Salma Hayek (“Desperado”), Anthony Rapp (“Rent”) and Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) said they’ve experienced sexual misconduct in the industry.
While this year’s show featured deeper themes, the Globes’ film awards offered some expected and surprising wins as usual. Although “The Shape of Water” and “The Post” led in nominations, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” swept the Globes with four awards. The movie won Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor in any Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama and Best Motion Picture Drama.
Greta Gerwig wasn’t nominated for her directing of “Lady Bird,” but the film took home two major awards. Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, and the film won for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
“The Shape of Water” won for Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). “The Post” didn’t take home any accolades.
In the television categories, “Big Little Lies” was the big winner. It earned four awards for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television, Best Actress in A Limited Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” won Best Television Series Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama (Elisabeth Moss).
Sterling K. Brown won Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for his performance in “This is Us,” becoming the first African American male to win in the category. Aziz Ansari became the first Asian American to win in the Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy for his show, “Master of None.”
The stage was also a platform for celebrities to champion women and #MeToo. Elisabeth Moss quoted Margaret Atwood, who wrote the book “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”) challenged the culture of silence surrounding harassment and abuse.
In one of the most talked-about moments, Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for not nominating any female directors for Best Director.
“Here are the all-male nominees,” Portman said while presenting the award.
The Golden Globes also recognizes actors and actresses who made significant contributions to the entertainment industry with the Cecil B. DeMille award. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and George Clooney. This year, Oprah Winfrey received the honor.
Winfrey became the first African American female to earn the award. In her speech, she spoke about how she felt seeing Sidney Poitier (“Lilies of the Field”) become the first African American person to win the Cecil B. DeMille award and discussed the issue of sexual harassment.
Winfrey’s speech was the big winner at the Globes this year. Her message about breaking the silence and empowering women had many celebrities praising her on social media. Rumors of Winfrey running for President in 2020 also surfaced following the speech on social media and in the news.
This year’s awards season will carry a different tone in light of #MeToo, and the Golden Globes did well addressing it. Viewers should expect a similar display of support and more speeches about the movement at the Academy Awards next month.
Students heading back to Loyola can still catch several of the winning films including “Coco,” “Lady Bird” and “The Greatest Showman” at AMC Theaters and Century 12 Evanston. Television shows including “Master of None,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” are available on streaming platforms.
A complete list of winners can be found here.