Addressing the elephant in the room: Why Golden Globes 2018 will have a special place in history

Oprah Winfrey won hearts and celebrities chose to wear black

Golden Globes 2018 can be summed in three words- #MeToo, #TimesUp and Oprah Winfrey. The 75th edition of the annual event moved its focus from celebrity fashion to far more important issues, and we are glad the shift happened.

The event was dyed black by celebrities as a mark of solidarity towards victims of sexual assault and molestation. For once stars did not shy away from addressing the elephant in the room.

Have a look at the incidents which made the 75th edition of Golden Globes iconic:

1) Oprah Winfrey reminded why we adore her: 

The biggest takeaway of the function was Oprah Winfrey’s speech after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She became the first black woman to win the honour and in her speech remembered inspiring women who spoke up against harassment. After the speech, the hashtag #OprahForPresident took over Twitter.

2) Celebrities wore black: 

As promised, celebrities painted the red carpet black to stand in solidarity with all who have been silenced by discrimination, harassment or abuse.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington at Golden Globes 2018

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington at Golden Globes 2018

Emma Watson and Robert Pattinson at Golden Globes 2018

Emma Watson and Robert Pattinson at Golden Globes 2018

The cast of Stranger Things

The cast of Stranger Things

Angelina Jolie at Golden Globes 2018

Angelina Jolie at Golden Globes 2018

3) Activists made an appearance:

Eight actresses including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, brought activists with them as their guests and turned the microphone towards them when interviewers asked about the decision to wear black.

Michelle Williams was accompanied by founder of #MeToo movement Tarana Burke

Michelle Williams and Tarana Burke

Susan Sarandon brought supporter of freedom for political prisoners Rosa Clemente with her

Susan Sarandon and Rosa Clemente

Amy Poehler arrived at the red carpet with Saru Jayaraman, who advocates for restaurant workers, and fights for raising wages

Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman

Emma Stone brought equal pay activist Billie Jean King as her date to the event

Emma Stone and Billie Jean King

Shailene Woodley brought water rights activist Calina Lawrence with her

Shailene Woodley and Calina Lawrence

Meryl Streep took to the red carpet with director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-Jen Poo

Meryl Streep and Ai-Jen Poo

Laura Dern walked with Monica Ramirez who works for the rights of female farm workers

Laura Dern and Monica Ramirez

Emma Watson’s guest was Marai Larasi who fights violence against black and minority women

Emma Wtatson and Marai Larasi

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4) Seth Meyers mocked Harvey Weinstein and the scandal:

Host Seth Meyers made it a point to not to speak about the scandal and he said

It is 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment is finally isn’t.

5) James Franco mimicking Tommy Wiseau in his acceptance speech:

James Franco became the first actor to read his acceptance speech from *wait for it* his mobile. As he won the best actor award for his role in The Disaster Artist, he invited Tommy Wiseau, the man who inspired his character, and mimicked him.

Hugh Jackman’s reaction on Franco’s win became the talking point of Twitter:

6) Frances McDormand giving  a fiery speech: 

For her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand won her first Golden Globe award. In her rousing speech, she spoke about a tectonic shift  and said:

Trust me: the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work. Thank you.

7) Natalie Portman calling out sexism: 

As Natalie Portman came on stage to give an award for best director, she pointed out only males were nominated. Despite the fact that 2017 had brilliant movies like Lady Bird, Wonder Woman and Mudbound, directed by Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkin and Dee Rees respectively.

Also read: Golden Globes 2018: The winner list proves that it was the year of the woman in Hollywood

8) Kelly Clarkson couldn’t stop fangirling on Meryl Streep: 

On seeing Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes. Clarkson could not contain her excitement, and we can totally understand.

9) Sterling K. Brown created history: 

Sterling K. Brown became the first African-American to win a Golden Globe for best actor for his stupendous performance as Randall in This Is Us. 


10) Debra Messing called out E! on E!

Debra Messing became everyone’s favourite when she spoke against E! channel’s practice of denying equal pay to women anchors, as she was being interviewed by a reporter of E!

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