Monday, January 8, 2018

GOLDEN GLOBES CONQUER THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM


Nicole Kidman accepting her Golden Globe

 The fine line was crossed, the elephant in the room disposed of and the  Golden Globes show managed to be a celebratory evening while at the same time dealing a series of blows to the toxic system that has existed in Hollywood for so many years.
  It was a show where the awards didn't matter as much as what was said; and racism, bullying, sexual harassment and, most of all, the empowerment of women, were the topics of the night.
   The ballroom at the Beverly Hilton had a somber look as nearly all the women were wearing black in response to the Time's Up's movement's call for solidarity for gender equality and against sexual harassment.
   Some of the attendees---Meryl Streep, Emma Samms, Oprah Winfrey and others--- left their companions at home and instead brought women activists to the show.   
   Many of the winners took the opportunity to use their acceptance speeches to make political points.
   Nicole Kidman, who won for playing an abused wife in the TV series Big Little Lies, spoke out against the abuse of women; Laura Dern, who won for playing the mother of a bullied child in the same series, called for children and parents to speak out against bullying;  Francis McDormand, the best actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, spoke of the "tectonic shift" in the industry's power structure; Elisabeth Moss, who won for her role in The Handmaid's Tale, thanked the author Margaret Attwood "and all the women who came before and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world."
   The Hollywood Foreign Press president Meher Tatner, who opted to wear bright red instead of black, nevertheless spoke of the support for women standing together and added: "Time's Up.
   But the night belonged to Oprah Winfrey, who earned a standing ovation and wild applause for her impassioned and emotional speech while accepting the Cecil B De Mille award.
   "I want all the girls watching here, now , to know that a new days is on the horizon," she said. "And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too,' again."
  She was so eloquent that there was speculation at the after-parties as to whether she might be considering a run for president in 2020.  
    Seth Myers had the difficult job of hosting the most high profile awards show since the barrage of sexual misconduct allegations brought down dozens of men.
    And he wasted no time in setting the tone by announcing: "Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen," and adding: "This is 2018 when marijuana is allowed and sexual harassment isn't."   
  While the awards produced no real surprises, some of the guests did.
  Catherine Zeta Jones brought her father-in-law, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas to the stage in a wheelchair; James Franco, who won for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, introduced Wiseau with him and surprise presenter Barbra Streisand said she was proud to be at an awards show filled with people who spoke out against gender inequality, sexual harassment “and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics.”  
   But Streisand said she had won the best director award for Yentl back in 1984 and added: "That was 34 years ago and there should be more nominations and wins for female directors. Folks! Time's up!"
   But the almost final word went to Gary Oldman, accepting the award for best dramatic actor in "The Darkest Hour."
   He said: "Words and actions can change the world. And boy oh boy, does it need some changing!"
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