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.
In “I, Tonya,” Allison Janney plays a tough-as-nails woman whose love for her daughter (Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding) can’t be tied up in a tidy bow. In fact, many might say the character is outright nasty and unsupportive to the point of abuse.
It’s a different type of abuse than the primary focus of the Time’s Up movement, but Janney, who took home the supporting actress Golden Globe for her performance, finds it all related.
“[Tonya] was not embraced for her individuality,” Janney said in the press room, her award in hand. “That’s a shame that she wasn’t appreciated… that she struggled to fit in.”
In addition to the black palette on the 75th Golden Globes red carpet, several A-list actresses brought female activists as their dates.
On the red carpet, Michelle Williams commented that she wasn't at the awards show because of her film ("The Greatest Showman") but because of Tarana Burke, her companion for the night. Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006 to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society, which the recent hashtag #MeToo amplified.
Twenty-nine nominations and one reboot later, “Will & Grace” and its cast still haven’t been graced by a Golden Globe Award.
In December the series, which started up again in 2017 after its original 1998-2005 run, was Globes-nominated for a seventh time as best television series — musical or comedy, while Eric McCormack notched his sixth nod for performance by an actor in a television series — comedy or musical.
“[H]olding our breath, crossing our fingers, wearing our lucky underwear,” the show’s official Twitter account peeped an hour into the awards show.