The ceremony didn’t disappoint, packing several can’t-miss moments into just over three hours. In case you missed it, here are our favorite moments from the 2020 Golden Globes.
1. Michelle Williams’s powerful speech about reproductive rights
Michelle Williams has become known for confronting topical issues at award shows—remember her speech about pay equity at the 2019 Emmys?—and last night was no exception. Williams took the stage to accept the best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for TV award for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon, telling the audience, “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose.”
Williams, who is newly pregnant and has a 14-year-old daughter, didn’t need to use the word abortion to make her support for reproductive justice clear; instead she urged women watching to “vote in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years. Which is why the world looks so much like them.”
2. Russell Crowe, in absentia, calling the Australia fires “climate change based”
Russell Crowe wasn’t at the Golden Globes, as he’d gone back to his native Australia to help protect his family from the fires currently raging there. The winner for best actor in a limited series or TV movie (for his role in The Loudest Voice) set a major precedent for the night’s tone, though, via presenter Jennifer Aniston, who read out his acceptance speech: “Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based.
3. Bong Joon Ho’s urging to “overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles”
The best award-show speeches—and the best movies, at that—make us think differently about the way we take in culture. That’s exactly what Parasite director Bong Joon Ho did when he accepted the best foreign-language film award, telling the audience, “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
4. Patricia Arquette’s impassioned speech about the state of the world
Sitting through an award show can feel a little pointless when Australia is burning and tensions are high between the U.S. and Iran, a truth that Patricia Arquette articulated while accepting the best supporting actress award for her role in The Act. “We’re not going to look back on this night in the history books,” Arquette noted, encouraging viewers to “vote in 2020 and beg and plead for everyone we know to vote in 2020.”
5. Kate McKinnon’s tribute to Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres received the Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television on Sunday night, and SNL comedian Kate McKinnon was on hand to present it to her, along with an incredibly moving speech. “If I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would have thought, ‘I could never be on TV. They don’t let LGBTQ people be on TV,’” McKinnon said. “And more than that, I would have gone on thinking that I was an alien and that I maybe even didn’t have a right to be here. So thank you, Ellen, for giving me a shot at a good life.”
6. Tom Hanks tearing up while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award
Seeing beloved actor Tom Hanks cry is like seeing your dad cry; it’s going to make you cry too, no matter how tough you think you are. In classic Hanksian style, he turned his acceptance speech into an opportunity to extol the virtues of hard work and showing up on time, and it seemed like there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. (He had a cold too! What a mensch.)
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