Oprah stole the show at the 75th Golden Globe Awards with a powerful speech as she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her passionate speech had everyone in the room on their feet and everyone on Twitter ready to vote in the 2020 election.
Oprah wasn’t the only woman who delivered a passionate speech regarding the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. Big Little Lies was the big TV winner of the night, and Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern all took time to address the topic during their separate acceptance speeches. Unfortunately, their co-star Alexander Skarsgård didn’t get the message and missed the opportunity to speak on the subject during his acceptance speech. And he wasn’t alone. While almost every woman who won an award addressed the Time’s Up movement, the guys did not, as this Twitter user pointed out.
There was one guy who didn’t avoid the conversation, and that was the show’s host, Seth Meyers. The Late Night host had everyone squirming in their seats with a cringeworthy joke about Harvey Weinstein: “Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the In Memoriam.” But the best jab of the night was when Natalie Portman went off-script while presenting the award for Best Director. “And here are the all-male nominees,” Portman said, catching her co-presenter, Ron Howard, by surprise.
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There were plenty of other highs and lows from the night that didn’t have to do with the Time’s Up movement. Kirk Douglas, who turned 101 years old in December, got a standing ovation while presenting an award with his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones. The NBC censors kept cutting Frances McDormand’s audio when she wasn’t even cursing. And possibly the funniest moment of the night was when James Franco invited the guy he played in The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau, onstage, and Tommy tried to make the moment his own. As Tommy tried to say something into the microphone, Franco blocked him and said, “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” as he laughed.
The heartfelt moment of the night came from Sterling K. Brown, who thanked This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman for writing a role that was specifically for a black man. “So what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am,” Brown said, “and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.”
For a complete list of winners, visit GoldenGlobes.com.
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