Prepare for an unpopular take on last night's Golden Globes.
The award show was extremely clear about the message that they were sending as everyone united to protest sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. Actors brought activists as their guests and everyone wore black. It looked like a funeral versus a night meant to celebrate television and film.
Now before you shit on me, hear me out. I do not support rape and/or the harsh treatment of women. I just feel that award shows are meant to be lighthearted and fun. Seth Meyers did a stellar job hosting and didn't miss a beat in his monologue while taking shots at Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Check it out below:
The night was all about female empowerment, however I couldn't help but roll my eyes every time someone mentioned "women power" or jokes about how the male nominees would be giving half of their pay to the females in the room in the name of equality. I know saying this makes me part of the problem. I'm not going to deny something that's very true. I am open to seeing things from other people's perspectives - regardless of your gender. Please feel free to hit me up and help me see things from your point of view. I welcome it with open arms. I could write a whole post about this, but you really want to know about what went down last night, so let's continue this recap.
Can we all agree that the television categories aren't as big of a deal as the film categories? Sure, it's great to see what has been accomplished in TV, but that's why there's the Emmys. So I'm going to skip these categories (you'll find a full list of winners at the end of this) and get straight to the good stuff.
The award for Best Actor - Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) went to James Franco for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. I think everyone's night was made when Tommy joined him on stage and tried to speak, but James stopped him (I can only imagine what he would say). I recently watched the film and James 100% deserves that award.
Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture went to Allison Janney. I am rooting for her this season because she absolutely nailed it as Tonya Harding's hardass mother in I, Tonya. Her performance in a supporting role in the film was more memorable than lead actress Margot Robbie's.
Best Actress - Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) went to Saoirse Ronan for her work in coming of age film, Lady Bird. Critics raved about this film, going as far as calling it the best film of the year, and it broke a record on Rotten Tomatoes by receiving a 100% fresh rating. I watched it and didn't see award-winning potential. It didn't suck, but it also wasn't the best film I've ever seen. If it had a summer theatrical release, no one would be talking about it or rushing to see it.
Guillermo del Toro gave an adorable speech when he won Best Director for Shape of Water. They tried to play him off leading him to say, "I've been doing this for 25 years - give me one minute".
The big winner of the night that threw everyone off was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Sam Rockwell took home Best Supporting Actor, Frances McDormand took home Best Actress - Motion Picture (Drama), they received Best Screenplay and the biggest award - Best Picture (Drama). Twitter users were comparing this let down to the year Crash cleaned up. I can't really judge this, as it's one of the few films I have yet to see this season (the others are The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name and The Florida Project). The synopsis goes a little something like this:
"After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon -- an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence -- gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated."
Here's what a couple of lovely people on Twitter had to say about 3 Billboards' wins:
The moment that had everyone talking and feeling something (or a whole lot of somethings) was when Oprah received the Cecil B. DeMille award. She is the first black woman to receive the award and her acceptance speech is one to remember. Fans are begging her to run for president in 2020. The energy in that room (I could sense it while I watching in the comfort of my living room) was surreal. It felt amazing to see how respected Oprah is and she truly is an inspiration. Be sure to give her speech a watch here.
It's still too early to tell who's bound to win at the Oscars considering the Globes are the first show of the season, but the SAGs (Jan. 21st) and the Critics' Choice Awards should clear things up.
As promised at the top of this piece, you can view a full list of winners here.
Did you tune in? What are your thoughts? Do you have any predictions for the motion picture categories? Comment your thoughts below!