As an avid believer that award shows are dumb, I tend to avoid watching them. But this year I found myself trapped in a bar playing the 77th Golden Globes, and I gotta say it was predictable for even the most amateur movie goer/show binger. Everything I expected to win won, from Joker to Fleabag.
But it wasn’t all Hollywood gossip and red carpet fashion talk this year. Many award winners and announcers used the televised award show as a chance to focus on what really needs attention in the world—rather than just thanking god or whatever.
If you’re thinking, “yeah right, actors suck,” yes, they do. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be woke. Just check out the list below of moments from the show that just might restore your faith in humanity just a little bit. (In random order.)
Pheobe Waller-Bridges thanking Obama in her speech.
— Phoebe Waller-Bridge Source (@phoebewallerbr1) January 6, 2020
Host Ricky Gervais calling out Hollywood bigshots as being hypocritical and to keep their speeches politics-free. He said, “you’re in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and fuck off. OK?”
Michelle Williams reminding women to vote in their own self-interest, since “men have been doing it for years.”
Ellen DeGeneres winning the Carol Burnett Award, presented by Kate McKinnon. Everything about it was so emotional—McKinnon saying she wouldn’t be where she is if it weren’t for DeGeneres, and the montage of DeGeneres’ ups and downs in Hollywood. A big win in the LGBTQIA Hollywood community. Plus, their suits unintentionally matched, which warms my heart.
Russell Crowe using his time on stage to talk about climate change and the importance of fighting for our planet.
Awkwafina being the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in The Farewell. Plus, the award was presented by Scarlett Johansson who has been called out for her roles that whitewash Asian characters. Is there progress being made on multiple levels here?