Guillermo del Toro may be a Golden Globe winner, but he’s not letting the attention get to his head.
The “Shape of Water” director, who only nabbed his first (and second) Globe nomination this year, made a commitment to remaining true to himself.
“I’ve been very stubborn for many, many years,” he said, which earned a few laughs from the assembled press backstage. “I only do the stories I want to tell. I only tell them the way I want to tell them. I’ve been doing this for 25 years and with the exception of 1995 with ‘Mimic,’ the movies I’ve made are the movies I feel I need to make.”
The red carpet arrivals at the 75th Golden Globes did more than kick off the start of the awards-show season, it ushered in a new era of Hollywood power-dressing — especially for women — that emphasized the shoulder (to lead with or stand on, take your pick) and drew attention to the belted midriff in a way that evoked the notion of a superhero’s costume with a cape-wearing Diane Kruger and “Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot in a Tom Ford tuxedo-inspired dress further heightening the effect. All this was rooted in a color palette of black — a showing of sartorial solidarity organized to highlight the issues of sexual assault, harassment and gender inequality.
Leading the bare-shoulder brigade were Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Michelle Williams in strapless dresses, with Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon in one-shoulder dresses. Kelly Clarkson and Saoirse Ronan added a dash of metallic flair to the one-shouldered look, the former in gold (along with an armor-like gold arm sleeve) and the latter in a black, one-sleeved custom Atelier Versace gown with angular Swarovski silver crystal mesh accents at the shoulder that gave the look a retro-futuristic feel.
Alison Brie wore a Vassilis Zoulias ensemble that paired bare shoulders up top with a pants and gown combination below.
On a night when women were demanding to be heard, the cast of “Big Little Lies” said it was extra gratified that the female-centric HBO show garnered the Golden Globe for limited TV series.
“For this show to be resonating at this time is extraordinary,” Nicole Kidman, a winner for best actress in a limited series, told reporters backstage. “It allows us to speak and be heard.”
The series, based on the bestselling novel from Liane Moriarty, revolves around a group of women living in Monterey and will return for a second season.
Star and co-producer Reese Witherspoon is one of the key players in the anti-sexual harassment coalition Time’s Up that encouraged the fashion blackout at the ceremony. She spoke of the decision to unite in solidarity following a “difficult year” in Hollywood.
After their win for best TV series comedy, the cast and creatives of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" filed into the Golden Globes press room, where show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino talked about how “Mrs. Maisel” dovetails with the #MeToo movement and the quest for gender equality.
“As things got weirder and creepier in the sexual predator realm, the whole idea of a truly confident female taking charge of her life, when the male in her life walked out and left, took on a little more meaning,” Sherman-Palladino said of her show, a dramedy set in the 1950s about one woman’s journey from an Upper West Side housewife to raunchy stand-up comedian in New York.
Tony Shalhoub, who plays Abe Weissman, added that while the show is timely, its comic tone also offers some needed levity.