This years’ Golden Globes was a somewhat darker affair, with the guests being invited to wear all black in solidarity to support the Time’s Up movement. This is a powerful initiative in place to put an end to sexual abuse and harassment in the film and television industry.
This year’s 75th Golden Globe was anticipated to be the most political and it didn’t fail to disappoint. Within the past year the perceived glitz and glamour of Hollywood has been destroyed with damaging reports of sexual scandals. So, some of the largest names in showbiz stood up against harassment and sexual misconduct and promoted the movement using the Me Too hashtag.
Stars attended the ceremony at The Beverly Hilton which was organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Despite the black dress code, the night was by no means dismal, in fact one would say it was more positive and courageous than ever. With some of the most powerful speeches to date including Oprah Winfrey’s. Oprah became the first black woman to win the honorary Cecil DeMille award and made a thought provocative and inspiring speech letting all little girls know “a new day is on the horizon”. She summed up the mood in the room with stars applauding and rising to their feet as she stated:
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!”
The night also saw the partnership of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reunited after 27 years since their on-screen coupling in the cult film Thelma and Louise. While presenting the award for Best Actor in Drama, it wasn’t long before Davis had her part to play in speaking up for women. She joked that they “agreed to give half of their salary back, so the women can make more than them”.
Some male actors attending chose to wear black shirts with their suits and a nod to the focus of the current atmosphere with “Time’s Up” pins on their attire. There were however some rebels amongst the crowds, German model Barbara Meier took to her instagram feed prior to the awards to give her opinion stating ” we should not have to wear black to be taken seriously….because some men can’t control themselves, this is a huge step back in my opinion” Obviously the backlash was varied with some comments claiming she had betrayed all women. I think perhaps this was an occasion where you take one for the team rather than trying to prove a point. We must say she wasn’t completely alone; Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna also wore red, her reasoning was a little bit easier to digest with a source saying “As part of her Indian culture, it’s customary to wear a festive colour during a celebration”
Winners of the night included Nicole Kidman for her role as a domestic violence victim in hit series Big Little Lies. The show claimed many a prize on the night which is an amazing achievement to its majority female cast. The award for best supporting actress went to Laura Dern, who didn’t miss her opportunity to use the podium as a platform to speak out for woman and said:
Many of us were taught not to tattle. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.
Natalie Portman didn’t let the chance escape her either as she presented the award for best director letting the audience know the nominees were “all male”.
It was the most powerful names and faces using their platforms and voices to stand up for what is right and to no longer feel ashamed or embarrassed of the issues facing Hollywood. The men in the room too were championed and encouraged- there was talk of “fathers of daughters who will run the world” and brothers of those women who want to stand up and say me too!
It was a night of Girl Power, of solidarity to those who had been affected and of championing a new day in the industry in the hope that eventually nobody will have to say “me too”.