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75th Annual Golden Globes in Summation

Hana Shaik, Staff Writer

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The 75th Golden Globes Awards were held on January 7, and while the main talking point regarding this year’s Golden Globes was the #TimesUp movement, there were also several other important moments from this year’s show. Here are the highlights:

  1. #TimesUp:

The central theme of this year’s Golden Globes was the #TimesUp movement. This year’s awards saw celebrities standing in solidarity against the sexual harassment and abuse that was–and still is–a major issue in Hollywood. Attendees wore black clothing with #TimesUp pins to show solidarity. The movement, spearheaded by actress Reese Witherspoon, was trending on Twitter throughout the show and beyond. In this post-Weinstein era in Hollywood, the #TimesUp movement certainly is a major talking point.

     2. Oprah Winfrey’s Speech:

At this year’s Globes, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

But we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To—to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year, we became the story,” said Winfrey during her speech.

These statements led the audience to believe that Winfrey plans to run for president in the near future, making this speech one of the most unforgettable moments of the night. You can watch Winfrey’s entire speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyBims8OkSY

    3. Natalie Portman’s Jab:

Natalie Portman and Ron Howard announced the nominees for Best Director – Motion Picture at this year’s Globes. However, before moving on to announce the nominees, Portman stated, “And here are the all-male nominees.” Many felt that this was Portman’s way of “throwing shade” to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for only nominating male directors for the Best Director – Motion Picture category, especially when one of the movies nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy was Lady Bird, a film directed by a woman. After this statement, Howard attempted to laugh it off as a joke, but the directors nominated in this category seemed to take offense to Portman’s comment, as you can see in the video linked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Avc6yUErA

   4. Hugh Jackman’s Reaction to James Franco’s Win:

This year, the five nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy included: James Franco for The Disaster Artist, Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes, Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver, Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. When Franco was announced as the winner, Jackman was visibly shocked and his reaction to Franco’s win became a talking point for Twitter. You can watch a meme of Jackman’s reaction here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Lsx4G6q2w.

   5. Winners:

Besides all the interesting moments from the Globes, obviously one of the main reasons that audiences tuned in to the award show is to see who won big. In the categories for television shows, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s hit HBO series “Big Little Lies” won big. Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern won for their supporting roles on the show. Kidman won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for the show and the show itself won Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

In the categories for film, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” won big. The film won for its screenplay as well as Best Motion Picture – Drama. Actor Sam Rockwell also won for his supporting role in the film and Frances McDormand won for her leading role in the film.

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