When the president was still a mere grandiose builder in the late 1980s, he did the rounds criticizing U.S. foreign policy after taking out a full-page ad on the topic and sparking debate about his own presidential aspirations.
We all have lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.
Oprah Winfrey may not be running for president — yet — but on Sunday, it felt like she was kicking off her campaign.
Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globes on a night focused on sexual harassment within the entertainment business, the talk show guru brought the crowd of black-clad celebrities to their feet with a rousing speech about the power of speaking out against abuse and injustice.
Even before she took the stage, Winfrey was the center of attention. In his opening monologue, host Seth Meyers joked about his hope that she’d run for president (with Tom Hanks as her running mate). Award winners Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” and Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” both gave Winfrey shout-outs in their acceptance speeches.
Last January, women marched in cities across the U.S. in a show of solidarity against the patriarchy. A year later, the protest came to the red carpet. Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, hundreds of women, and men, chose to speak about gender parity and sexual harassment instead of their designers. And instead of pink, they wore black.
Days before the ceremony, 300 powerful women in Hollywood announced the Time’s Up campaign, an initiative to draw attention to sexual harassment in the industry and beyond, and asked Globe attendees to wear black. Virtually all of them did, creating what Meryl Streep called “a thick black line” that wound its way up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hilton, where winner after winner thanked the power of women rather than the usual laundry list of power brokers.
The evening hit a crescendo when, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award, Oprah Winfrey brought the house down with a speech calling for the day when no woman would have to say “Me too”; Barbra Streisand expressed shock that she was the only woman to receive a Globe for best director, and even Thelma and Louise (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) were resurrected to announce one of the evening’s top awards, perhaps to show how far the industry has, and has not, come since they drove off that cliff 27 years ago rather than return to their limited lives.
On a night that will be remembered mostly for its somber attire, sober attitude and that rousing speech from Oprah Winfrey, there was at least one glimmer of the classic, madcap unpredictability of the Golden Globes. That was provided, appropriately enough, by James Franco, Tommy Wiseau and the inside-out making-of tale “The Disaster Artist.”
When Franco won lead actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical for his portrayal of Wiseau, Franco grabbed his younger brother and costar Dave Franco and dragged him onstage. And then from somewhere far, far in the back of the room came Wiseau, barreling onstage at the elder Franco’s exhortation. As Wiseau reached the stage, he headed straight for the microphone but James Franco physically blocked him from it.
Franco instead read a speech from his phone, saying of Wiseau, “Nineteen years ago he was stuck in traffic, from the Golden Globes, he said to his best friend Greg,” — and here Franco briefly launched into Wiseau’s distinctive, unplaceable accent — “‘Golden Globes, so what, I’m not invited. I know they don’t want me, guy with accent, long hair, so I show them. I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie.’”
The Golden Globes are, by reputation, the loosest, booziest and most decidedly unserious ceremony on Hollywood’s awards season calendar, with the awards themselves quite often the butt of the joke. Hosting the awards in 2016, Ricky Gervais repeatedly savaged them as “meaningless.”
But, in a year that has seen the entertainment industry upended by a wave of sexual harassment scandals, the 75th Golden Globes flipped the script. At Sunday evening’s ceremony, everything — from the black dresses women wore on the red carpet in solidarity to the jokes and speeches to the winners themselves — seemed freighted with meaning.
“It’s 2018 — marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t,” show host Seth Meyers said, summing up the sense of change in the air.
By 10 p.m., the Fox- FX- Hulu party was at capacity. The fire marshal was only letting in new guests as earlier guests exited.
While “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Samira Wiley, who took the stage at the Golden Globes when the Margaret Atwood-based Hulu show won for best drama TV series, danced in a reserved section of the party, author and activist Janet Mock, who serves as a writer of FX’s upcoming “Pose,” was leaving.
Inside, the room dripped in gold. The dance floor was crowded as Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” segued into OutKast’s “Hey Ya.”
In keeping with the more serious mood on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet, we have decided to break with our tradition of presenting our best- and worst-dressed photo gallery. Instead, we present to you our style standouts.
With an all-black dress code prevailing on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globes on Sunday, Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. President Meher Tatna went against the tide in an embellished red ensemble — and for good reason.
"It's a cultural thing," the Indian journalist told "Entertainment Tonight" on the red carpet, explaining her conscious decision to wear a brightly colored gown and overcoat on an otherwise somber red carpet. "When you have a celebration, you don't wear black."