The 75th Annual Golden Globes aired last night, officially marking the beginning of award season. Many wondered how the current climate in Hollywood would affect the show, given that it was the first major award show following the Weinstein scandal and its tremendous fallout. A shift in mood was definitely palpable, as the show had a gravitas and political importance it hasn’t had in the past, but as always, was jam packed with viral moments that lit up social media.
If you missed the show, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Here are the 5 moments everyone is talking about today:
5. Time’s Up Paints the Carpet Black
At the start of 2018, over 300 women in Hollywood began an initiative called Time’s Up to fight back against sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. The movement was at the forefront of last night’s show, as both women and men arrived on the red carpet dressed in black, to show their solidarity with the cause. A few actresses took it a step further bringing women’s rights activists as their dates, giving them a platform to share their message. Notably, Meryl Streep arrived with Ai-Jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, while Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Amy Poehler, among others, also shared the carpet with champions of various causes.
4. Seth Meyer’s Monologue
Seth Meyers pulled no punches in his opening monologue, going after the men who were exposed over the past year. He started with this cutting line about Weinstein: “Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he’s the first person ever booed during the in memoriam.” He wasn’t done, coming for Kevin Spacey soon after, mocking his attempt at a southern accent on House of Cards: “I was happy to hear they’re going to do another season of House of Cards. Is Christopher Plummer available for that too? I hope he can do a southern accent because Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t … Oh was that too mean? To Kevin Spacey?” His most surprising jab of all though was directed at Woody Allen, who has managed to come out unscathed despite the sexual assault allegations against him. Seth brought up the director in a joke about, the nominated film The Shape of Water, saying: “I have to admit, when I first heard it was a movie about a naive young woman falling in love with a disgusting sea creature. I thought, Man, not another Woody Allen movie. It’s like Manhattan, in water.” Seth’s jokes were savage, but we can’t say they weren’t well-deserved!
3. Tommy Wiseau’s Big Moment
For anyone who has seen The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical came as no surprise. He completely transformed into The Room’s Tommy Wiseau and delivered an outstanding performance. When his name was called, he invited Wiseau to share the stage with him. Intending to make the most of his moment, Wiseau attempted to grab the mic, but Franco pushed him away, before busting out his pitch perfect impression of the infamous actor/director. While this was a big moment for Franco, it was also heart-warming to see Tommy on the Golden Globes stage for the first time, after chasing his Hollywood dream for so long. But we can’t help but feel a little disappointed that we didn’t get to hear what he was going to say.
2. Natalie Portman Calls Out the All Male-Nominees
Taking the stage to present the award for best director alongside Ron Howard, Portman couldn’t resist bringing attention to the clear lack of diversity in the category, as not a single woman was nominated. The actress presented the nominees saying: “And here are the all-male nominees.” It was a moment that immediately went viral, with people applauding her for the bold statement, you go Natalie!
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1. Oprah’s Speech
In a night of moving speeches and powerful moments, none was as impactful as Oprah Winfrey’s speech after becoming the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She used her time on stage to bring attention to the injustices women have faced for too long and beautifully paid tribute to the women who have endured abuse and harassment. She also called out the culture that has been broken by powerful men, proclaiming that their time is up: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.” It was a truly amazing moment that brought everyone to tears, and that will go down in history as one of the most inspiring award show speeches of all time.
Trust us, you’re gonna wanna watch the whole thing: