Quite simply, Seth Meyers killed it as host of the Golden Globe Awards. His opening line, “good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen” set the tone for the show. In reference to the year’s list of sexual abuse scandals, Meyers was keen to point out any notable absentees such as Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein. Indeed, the show largely revolved around empowering women to speak up about their experiences, which added fuel to the movements #MeToo and #TimesUp.
On the lighter side, Meyers slipped Meryl Streep’s name into his monologue and had someone bring the awards out in anticipation of her winning before the ceremony started. At his charismatic best on the night, Seth Meyers delivered humor effortlessly and with a broad smile on his face.
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Oprah Winfrey
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestows this honor for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Oprah Winfrey joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, and Robert De Niro as a recipient of the award. To celebrate her work, viewers were treated to flashes of her accomplishments in producing Precious and The Great Debaters. Her roles in The Color Purple and A Wrinkle in Time were particularly eye-catching.
Oprah responded by delivering what was comfortably the best speech of the night. In the most elegant and graceful way, she called out the countless men who prevented women from coming forth with their sexual abuse experiences. Emphatically, she announced, “their time is up!” to a crowd of starry-eyed celebrities. Her presence in the room was so powerful, even as an audience member, that numerous actresses couldn’t help but mention her name in their acceptance speeches.
Best Motion Picture – Drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards enjoyed a wildly successful night with 4 Golden Globes wins after being nominated in 6 categories. The film focuses on the mother of a rape and murder victim as she pushes the local authorities to investigate her daughter’s case. Three Billboards edged out the explosive Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk and the softer spectacle Call Me By Your Name.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Lady Bird
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson’s strained family and romantic relationships are central to this coming of age story. Lady Bird took home 2 awards from 4 nominations and thwarted the dazzling circus film The Greatest Showman.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The magnitude of McDormand’s performance cannot be underestimated. She defeated 8-time winner Meryl Streep to the prestigious award. Certainly, McDormand managed to effectively portray a haunted woman who had lost her daughter to sexual violence in Three Billboards. On stage, she provided her own feminist tribute by proclaiming that “the women in this room are not here for the food…they are here for the work.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
Oldman’s speech was largely one of gratitude towards his cast and crew. He fittingly quoted Winston Churchill who he masterfully played in the film. “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Third time was a charm for Saoirse Ronan as she claimed her first Golden Globe after previous attempts with Atonement and Brooklyn. The actress received very little time to speak, but rattled off a few names in a delightfully thick Irish accent and later showcased her award to the press alongside James Franco.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Many remember when James Franco hosted the Academy Awards and looked as disinterested as a lazy cat sitting on a porch. This time, Franco invited Tommy Wiseau on stage to accept the Golden Globe with him, only to push Wiseau away from the microphone when he attempted to speak – odd. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman might as well have painted a surprised emoji on his face. He was clearly in shock that his efforts in The Greatest Showman were cast aside in favor of Franco.
Best Director – Motion Picture: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
One of the funniest moments of the night took place when Guillermo del Toro gave a lengthy speech and the not so subtle “get off the stage” music began to play. The director defiantly and humorously responded with, “lower the music, it’s taken 25 years, give me a minute!”
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Big Little Lies
I’m not entirely convinced that Big Little Lies has any noteworthy actresses. After all, it’s only Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley in this series about three mothers whose lives unravel to the point of murder. Emma Watson presented the award and exclaimed, “I’m so excited!” upon reading the envelope, which summed up a deserved victory.
By Kishan Patel