During the slow roll up to the Golden Globes, a slew of black SUVs idle in the suburban streets of Beverly Hills waiting to be inspected by security guards. Sometimes, fans wait on the sidewalk, hoping a black car will roll down its windows to reveal a celebrity.
That's what the women who comprise Outlander SoCal Edition were hoping for, though they had a very specific star in mind: Caitriona Balfe. Roughly two dozen fans traveled to 90210 — some from as far away as San Diego — to hold up signs for Balfe. Most were decked out in "Outlander" gear, and one even had a doll of the star.
"She's not just an actress, she's an activist," a fan screamed.
"Outlander" fans await Caitriona Balfe on the road to the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
In a film industry dominated by superheroes and Jedi warriors, a character drama about Winston Churchill doesn't scream box-office potential. Neither does a romance about a mute woman and an amphibious creature, or a quiet mother-and-daughter coming-of-age tale.
But despite the odds, dramas like "Darkest Hour," "The Shape of Water" and "Lady Bird," which all won awards at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, are drawing impressive audiences at the multiplex. Last weekend, indie movies made up nine of the top 20 films at the box-office, up from the roughly five that have cracked the charts during comparable weekends in the previous few years, according to Box Office Mojo.
And given the highly publicized effort to highlight the issues of gender inequality, sexual assault and harassment, it was nice to see a range of A-listers decked out in labels helmed by female designers, including “The Crown’s” Claire Foy in a black, double-breasted Stella McCartney suit, “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Samira Wiley in a black A-line Romona Keveža Collection gown, Elisabeth Moss and Natalie Portman in Dior (which tapped Maria Grazia Chiuri as its first female artistic director in 2016) and Sam Rockwell, Diane Kruger and Gary Oldman in Prada.
But there was one female-led label that was conspicuously absent at the first awards show of the year. Marchesa, the brand started by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman in 2004, has been making trips down awards-show red carpets since its founding. Sienna Miller at the 2007 Golden Globes, Jennifer Lopez for the 2007 Globes and 2007 Oscars, Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Oscars and Octavia Spencer at last year’s Academy Awards are just a few examples.
"This Is Us" star Milo Ventimiglia, speaking on the Golden Globes red carpet, says doesn't see color or gender, he just sees talent.
Our show is always looking to have a roster of all female directors. The most heartening thing that’s happened in the last year, from my point of view as a showrunner, is everybody’s too busy. The female directors, we would love to hire more, and they’re working too much. Which is just the way it should be. ...
Lena Waithe of "Master of None" talks about her new show, "The Chi," and wanting to see black people more humanized on the silver and small screen.
I hope they realize that black folks are human beings, and we deserve to be treated as such. That was really my mission. I really wanted to show us being normal. I wanted to show us being human. That was the goal.
Ann Dowd of 'The Handmaid's Tale' discusses the thrill of 'catching' predators who have sexually harassed women and men in the industry.
I think [there is] tremendous relief at the enormity of the exposure of predators. Not just one or two. … And now there’s no hiding. The fact that these predators cannot pay their lawyers to get them somehow off … It’s thrilling and so important.
A majority of stars who stepped onto the 75th Golden Globes’ red carpet embraced an all-black dress code supporting the Time’s Up movement, Hollywood’s newly launched effort in stamping out workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.
While red-carpet attendees were quick to show their solidarity with their spin on the evening’s color theme (or lack thereof), some managed to take that message of unity one step further by donning female designers for the evening.
“I had half my clients in women [designers], and half were not,” said Tara Swennen, who styled several stars, including best supporting actress winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), who wore a gown by Italian designer Mario Dice. “It was definitely something that we were trying to attain, but sometimes it just wasn’t possible.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Productions teamed up for their official viewing and after-party to celebrate the 75th Golden Globes. Unlike most of the other Sunday soirees in various venues throughout the Beverly Hilton, the action at this one started long before the telecast ended.
As the final stop on the “winner’s walk,” Golden Globe recipients could go for their backstage interview and then stop into this party to have their names engraved on their trophies. So, not surprising, stars came streaming in during the telecast.
Having attended this party and then later the Warner Bros. and InStyle shindig, we offer highlights from both Sunday night affairs.
When actors and filmmakers on the red carpet Sunday night were asked what they can and are doing to promote change, they had a wide range of answers, from hiring more female directors to raising your own consciousness.
“Lead by example first and foremost,” said “This Is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia. “Let’s just be good men on our sets, in our crews, in life.”
Barbra Streisand’s criticism of the Golden Globes didn’t stop after she left the podium Sunday night. In fact, the actress, director and singer continued scolding Hollywood on Twitter for not championing films directed by women.
Because the entrance to the HBO bash is immediately outside the Beverly Hilton ballroom where the Golden Globes are held, it tends to be the first party stop for many revelers.
At least that was the move for Emilia Clarke, who took the opportunity to catch up with her "Game of Thrones" co-stars, chatting with Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Also at their table? The Lonely Island guys, including Andy Samberg. When the trio of dudes got up to leave, Clarke shook her head defiantly and insisted they stay longer. Samberg picked up the placard on the table reading "Game of Thrones." "See!" he said. "We don't belong here."