There was a defiant spirit to this year's ceremony
After three funny, moving, inspiring, and empowering hours, the 2018 Golden Globes are over. As expected, it was a night that left much to talk about, from new eras being ushered in to moments of comic relief. These are the biggest talking points from this year’s ceremony.
The biggest talking point of the night was, of course, the Time’s Up campaign and everything related to it. From the red carpet blackout, to the Time’s Up pins the majority of stars were wearing, to the mentions in acceptance speeches and Seth Meyers’ monologue, the 2018 Golden Globes defiantly drew a line in the sand and said, ‘Enough is enough’. It felt like a real changing of the tide – long may it continue.
Tommy Wiseau’s cameo
Tommy Wiseau has waited a long time to get on stage at a Hollywood awards ceremony. He famously paid for The Room to be shown in cinemas for two weeks so it could qualify for the Oscars, but no nominations came his way. But tonight, he finally got his chance, invited to join James Franco, who plays him in The Disaster Artist, as he collected his award for Best Actor in a musical or comedy. Tommy clearly thought that invitation meant he could say a few words, but Franco savagely blocked him from the mic. At least he made it to the stage, though, right?
Natalie Portman’s dig at the lack of recognition for female directors
Before the ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were criticised for failing to nominate a single woman in the category of Best Director. Joined onstage by Ron Howard to reveal the winner, Natalie Portman did not miss the opportunity to remind everyone of that oversight, announcing: “Here are the all male nominees”. The men nominated looked on extremely awkwardly.
Oprah Winfrey making everyone cry
Just before Natalie Portman took down the men, Oprah Winfrey – given the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award – reduced the entire room to tears with a rousing speech that covered race, freedom of the press and, of course, the #MeToo movement. She was given several standing ovations, and deservedly so. If you thought Meryl Streep’s speech last year was emotional, you might want to grab the tissues before settling down for this one.
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Debra Messing calling out E!’s pay inequality… on E!
Given the night’s theme, tonight was the perfect time to call out employers for upholding the gender pay gap. Will & Grace‘s Debra Messing went one step further, though, calling out E! for allegedly paying their female hosts less than their male counterparts while being interviewed live on the channel. “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” the actor said, leaving presenter Giuliana Rancic awkwardly trying to move the conversation on. Oof.
Big wins for Big Little Lies, Three Billboards, and Lady Bird
How fitting that the big wins of the night went to three productions about women who, while all being completely unique and different to each other, all had one thing in common – strength. Pre-show predictions suggested Big Little Lies, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Lady Bird would all claim multiple awards, and they were right. With the Oscars voting period still open, could these results swing the Academy Awards in the latter two’s favour as well?