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Highlights of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

The year has started right with the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards. The prestigious award show has been held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. It’s the award show’s 75th year anniversary and the guest list is a proof of its importance.

The glamorous night caused a commotion in the virtual world and a lot of the moments instantly became trended on social media. Let’s look back at the highlights of the evening from fashion to politics.

  1. The Boycott

After the Weinstein incident, the Hollywood instantly became a powerhouse of all the people who want to put back the offenders in place. Since it would be rude to boycott the awards show, they decided to boycott colors instead. And the event became one of the industry’s stages to voice out their platform. Attendees, especially women were encouraged to wear black in celebration of the #MeToo movement.

Justin Timberlake sporting the “Times Up” pin in the Red Carpet

Despite the single motif, celebrities made sure to strut the red carpet in their most beautiful black gowns. Pins that state “times up” were also given and most of the men in Hollywood were photographed wearing the pin. What used to be a night that centered on beauty and fashion became an event attended by the political people.

Natalie Portman

Portman has been on the news before for refusing to take a role where she saw inequality in the script. And that my friends are the Thor franchise where she decided not to renew a contract.

On the night of the awards show, Portman went up the stage to present an award for the best directors. It may sound like a dismissible role but she made sure to insert her own lines. Before naming the candidates she wittingly said: “and here are the ALL-MALE nominees”. It was short but it brought the house down.

Oprah’s Speech

Oprah Winfrey is the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award

A political event would not be complete without Oprah in it, and she sure did make the evening better. She gave a powerful acceptance speech about the industry’s current situation on harassment. She also made sure to include the women and the abused watching at home to feel hope, pep-talking them that the time is up for the predators in this world. Oprah received a standing ovation from the audience when she ended her speech. She is also the first black woman to ever receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra may not have been nominated for the night but she made sure to leave an impact before the night ended. She was asked to present the Best Movie and before she did, she left a piece of her mind. Streisand vocally called the awards show’s ignorance on the female talent, especially to the Best Director category. She narrated how she is the only woman to be given that award (statue for Yentl) that took place in 1983. The icon said, “That was 34 years ago?” Folks, time’s up!” The crowd went wild and applauded the singer’s stand on the issue.

James Franco

James Franco in the Late Night Show with Seth Myers after the Golden Globes hypocrisy callout

Franco accepted the award as the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his movie, The Disaster Artist. During his acceptance speech, he pledged to be one with the women who have suffered inequality over the world. Seems normal right? Well, the juicy incident only happened after his speech. Five women already called out Franco for being a hypocrite on his speech, since he became an abuser of these five women. According to sources, the five women who called him out were Franco’s four students and one mentee.

Franco appeared on some talk shows, trying to clear his name from the allegations that were brushed onto his name.

Big night for Big Little Lies

The show bagged the four awards for the night including Nicole Kidman’s award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie. Before the night ended, the series was awarded for Best Television Limited Series or TV Movie. This is a very special accomplishment for the team, but most especially to the producer of the show, Reese Witherspoon. The actress revealed that they created the series to show that women are strong and independent, contrary to what movies usually depict- the damsel in distress role.

If there’s one thing to make a statement and be heard, making a TV series out of it definitely works.

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