By Tessa Osteen
The 75th annual Golden Globes highlighted on Hollywood’s actors and actresses wearing black to support anti-harassment and pay equality for women.The Globes is the first major award show after Hollywood was shaken by sexual assault scandals from multiple high profiled celebrities. Many of these celebrities wearing black outfits also sported pins that say “Times Up,” showing solidarity to the Times Up movement, created by 300 actresses, writers, directors, etc. These people have formed a group to fight against sexual harassment in workplaces nationwide. Many well-known faces, like Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and Emma Stone are part of the growing movement. A number of monologues and speeches from the event were related to the movement, giving the event a distinct focus.
Keeping with the theme of empowered women, Oprah Winfrey was awarded with the Cecil B. Demille Award, giving a powerful speech that received a standing ovation. Winfrey directly referenced the movement during her speech, saying, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.” Oprah being the first black woman to receive this honor also highlighted the racial and gender inequality that still exists around the world.
Another well received speech from the night was Sterling K. Brown’s acceptance speech from the critically acclaimed show ‘This is Us’. He points out how, “Throughout the majority of my career I’ve benefited from colorblind casting” also how the creator of the show, “…wrote a role for a black man.That could only be played by a black man… And that makes it more difficult to dismiss me, or dismiss anybody who looks like me.” Sterling is the first black man to win in best performance by an actor in a drama series. Another first came for the comedian Aziz Ansari becoming the first Asian American actor to receive an award for best actor in a comedy series for ‘Master Of None’.
Many female award recipients throughout the night also took time to talk about women’s issues during their acceptance speeches. Nicole Kidman who won for best actress in a mini series for ‘Big little lies’ says, “ I do believe and I hope we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them.” Another female actress who won is Elizabeth Moss from the drama series ‘The handmaid’s tale’ where she thanked Margaret Atwood who wrote the story. Elizabeth says how women “No longer live in the blank, white spaces at the edge of print.” Male award recipients were somewhat quiet when it came to this subject, unlike the host Seth Meyer who made a few jabs at Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein during his monologue. In many ways the Golden Globes will be hard to top when the Academy Awards returns in early March.