The 2019 Golden Globes aired on Sunday night and while it wasn’t the social movement of 2018, which included activists as guests, Time’s Up pins on every attendee, and an all-black dress code, this year’s Globes still featured several moments of Girl Power, because sexism and violence against women hasn’t been solved yet. We’re not shocked, but we’re also not giving up. The future is female.
SANDRA OH MAKES HISTORY
Sandra Oh kicked off Sunday night’s telecast of the Golden Globes by making history as the first Asian actor to ever host. Oh continued her groundbreaking evening by winning Best Actress for Killing Eve, bringing her total Globe wins to two and making her the most decorated Asian actor in Globes history. Is it ridiculous that two is the bar when there are so many talented Asian actors in Hollywood? Yup, but it’s a start.
CAROL BURNETT (ALSO) MAKES HISTORY
For the past 67 years, film stars have been receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. Well, it’s finally time to give TV some love and on Sunday night, the Globes created the Carol Burnett Award, named after the legendary TV icon. Burnett, who is just as hilarious, humble and brilliant at 85 as she was when she was making her groundbreaking The Carol Burnett Show in her 30s and 40s, delivered one of the most inspiring and heartfelt speeches of the night. Honouring her late grandmother with a tug on her ear, Burnett continues to tug on our heartstrings and be the epitome of hard work, class, and a great sense of humour.
LADY GAGA CHAMPIONS FEMALE SONGWRITERS
Lady Gaga didn’t win Best Actress on Sunday, but she did take home her second Globe for Best Original Song for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. Taking the stage with fellow writers Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando, Gaga celebrated the men for being her allies in a business that is often unkind to women. “As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and a songwriter,” said Gaga. “These three incredible men . . . they lifted me up, they supported me.”
THE MARVELOUS MS. MATRIARCHY
For the second year in a row, Rachel Brosnahan took home a Globe for being one of three actors in the world who can deliver dialogue written by Amy Sherman-Palladino. For her role as Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Brosnahan thanked Sherman-Palladino, saying “Thank you to our incredible village that it takes to make the show. And this village is a matriarchy.”
OLIVIA COLMAN’S FAVORITE WOMEN
Olivia Colman earned a Globe on Sunday night for her role in The Favorite and thanked director Yorgos Lanthimos, as well as her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, who she lovingly referred as ‘ma bitches.’ “Yorgos, thank you the most muchly and ma bitches, Emma and Rachel, thank you, every second of working with you was such a joy and I was so sad that it finished,” said an emotional Colman. Bitches get stuff done.
REGINA KING CALLS FOR 50 PER CENT
Actor Regina King won her first Globe on Sunday night for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk and promised that she was going to use her platform on stage to send a message. Mission accomplished. King, whose name should be changed to Queen after Sunday, said, “I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years everything that I produce I am making a vow – and it’s going to be tough – to make sure that everything that I produce is 50 percent women. And I just challenge anyone out there – anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries – I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same. God bless you. Thank you.” No, Regina, thank you for the Inclusion Rider of 2019.
PATRICIA CLARKSON SAYS THE OBVIOUS
Patricia Clarkson took home her first Globe on Sunday night for her role in HBO’s Sharp Objects and thanked director Jean-Marc Vallée. “You demanded everything of me except sex, which is exactly how it should be in our industry.” It shouldn’t have to be said, but it does.
GLENN CLOSE IS MORE THAN A WIFE
Glenn Close took home her third Golden Globe on Sunday night for her role in The Wife, the film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel about a woman who is overshadowed by her author husband. The legendary actor gave us the Oprah Winfrey speech of 2019, championing women to find themselves outside of their roles as nurturers. “I’m thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her 80s she said to me, ‘I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything.’ And it was so not right, and I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers,” said Close. “That’s what’s expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands, if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.'”
AMY POEHLER AND MAYA RUDOLPH 2020
If we can’t have Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the Golden Globes in 2020, can we have Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph?