‘Darkest Hour’ and other Golden Globe winners find box office success in a sea of franchises
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.
“Lady Bird,” which took the best picture prize for comedy or musical, has topped $34 million at the box office so far. “The Shape of Water,” which won best director for Guillermo del Toro, has crossed the $20 million mark. Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” starring best actor winner Gary Oldman as Churchill, has taken in more than $28 million and ranked No. 8 in the U.S. and Canada last weekend. And “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the dark comedy that walked away with the top drama film prize, has grossed about $25 million.
Marchesa MIA: Harvey Weinstein fallout led to the 2018 Golden Globes trend you didn’t see
The 75th Golden Globes was a big night for symbolic, statement-making style on the red carpet, thanks to a parade of powerfully dressed women in an inky sea of black dresses, accessorized with Time’s Up lapel pins and accompanied by female activists.
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.
Lena Waithe’s hopes ‘The Chi’ will help humanize black people and their experiences
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.
— Lena Waithe, creator of “The Chi”
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ showrunner Bruce Miller would love to hire more female directors
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. ... Shows work better — especially TV shows — by having different voices, writers, directors. So that it doesn’t feel like the same show every week. I know that our actors love working with different directors and different voices. A huge, huge part of this is getting more women behind the camera, in every level. Including mine.
— Bruce Miller, showrunner of “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Ann Dowd of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is thrilled that Hollywood predators cannot hide anymore
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.
— Ann Dowd, actress on “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Female designers make a major fashion statement at the 2018 Golden Globes. Now what?
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.”
Golden Globes after-party scene: chocolate truffles, a kerfuffle and one very busy engraving station
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.
Beyond wearing black, Hollywood stars discuss how they can improve their industry
Celebs took to the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet dressed in black to express solidarity with those who have spoken out against the sexual harassment and gender inequality plaguing their industry. But wearing all black to an event is just the beginning.
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.”
“The Handmaid Tale’s” Bruce Miller added that it was just as important to destigmatize conversations about sexual harassment and to provide a safe environment for those to speak out.
“These things last a lot longer and don’t ever come to light because everybody is too embarrassed, ashamed, uncomfortable to talk about them,” Miller said.
See what else they had to say in the video above.
Barbra Streisand extends her Globes criticism to Twitter to decry dearth of wins for female directors
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.
While introducing the nominees for best picture — drama at the close of the show, Streisand expressed disbelief that she remained the only woman to win in the directing category in the show’s 75-year history. (She took home the award in 1984 for directing “Yentl” and was nominated for “The Prince of Tides” in 1991.)
“You know… that was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up,” Streisand said, echoing the women’s movement that prevailed as the theme of Sunday’s show.
Streisand’s revelation came after actress-director Natalie Portman’s dig that no women were nominated in the directing category this year, referring to the snub of “Lady Bird” director and writer Greta Gerwig.
Streisand’s time wasn’t up on Twitter, though. Just before midnight, she fired off a series of tweets after the show, also touting directors Dee Rees and Patty Jenkins for their films “Mudbound” and “Wonder Woman,” respectively.
Streisand also pointed out that “the three highest-grossing films last year were all carried by women.”
The trio of films that dominated the domestic box office in 2017 were “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman,” which all featured strong female lead characters. However, only the latter film was directed by a woman.
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First stop post-Golden Globes? The HBO after-party
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.”
Shailene Woodley, meanwhile, spent the evening alongside the activist she had brought as her guest to the Globes, Calina Lawrence. Plenty of onlookers surrounded her table, but she was focused intently on her plate of food, as no one who attends the Globes actually gets to eat dinner.
Also spotted? Lena Dunham, chatting with her “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner, and Nicole Kidman, who could barely get to a table due to an onslaught of selfie-seekers toting their iPhones.
Watch Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep and Lena Waithe explain why they wore black to the Golden Globes
For solidarity and to signify change. That was the overwhelming message stars such as Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep and Lena Waithe shared when asked why they chose to wear black to the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday.
“I’m proud to be wearing black to stand in solidarity with the women who have been doing the work for social justice for decades,” said Washington, a member of Time’s Up, on the red carpet.
The newly formed, all-female coalition was behind the event’s all-black plan.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” actress Ann Dowd shared that if the move was merely symbolic, she would have passed.
“It’s the fact that this organization is raising the funds to support those who don’t have the freedom to speak up for fear of losing their livelihood and the support of their family,” said Dowd. “That to me is what is the huge difference.”
But why black? “Master of None’s” Waithe considered the symbolism.
“We ain’t mourning the past, but we’re saying goodbye to it,” Waithe said. “We’re saying goodbye to a time where we allowed for homophobia, for transphobia, for sexual harassment, for any sort of racism. We’re putting a stop to that.”
At the Warner Bros. after-party, stars kick off their heels (literally) to dance
The first stop for many at the Warner Bros. and InStyle party was the L’Oréal flats machine. That’s right, there was a machine on hand doling out free rollable flat shoes for any lady whose tootsies were wiped out after wearing heels all day.
That did not include Mariah Carey, who was posted up in the first banquette inside the party surrounded by a slew of Hollywood power players: Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Rowan Blanchard. Blanchard, 16, wasn’t the only teen in attendance – Ava Witherspoon, 18, attended the bash with her mom, Reese.
Busy Phillips, who is typically Michelle Williams’ plus-one – this year, Williams brought #MeToo founder Tarana Burke instead – caught up with her BFF at the party. They were hanging out near the “I, Tonya” crew, including Tonya Harding herself.
Despite the fact that Margot Robbie plays Harding in the film, the figure skater seemed to have found a new buddy in Allison Janney. The two kept hugging and laughing as Janney, who plays Harding’s mother in the film, let Harding hold her newly acquired Golden Globe. Harding pretended to drop the prize, indicating how heavy it was, and then began rocking it like a baby.
Over on the dance floor, Maggie Gyllenhaal was busy dancing to Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” More guests were actually dancing at this bash than any other, perhaps on a sugar high after hitting the fully stocked gelato and donuts bar.
Unclear, however? Whether astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who wandered into the bash around 11 p.m., broke out into the moonwalk.
By 11:53 p.m. Elisabeth Moss was celebrating her big night in style.
After taking home the trophy for actress in a television drama series, as well as the best drama series win for “The Handmaid’s Tale” earlier in the evening, Moss was ready to dance.
Shoes off, she displayed her finest moves to an array of songs including “Shining” by DJ Khaled, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing).”
12 p.m.: This article was updated with more details about the party.
This article was originally published at 10:16 a.m.
As the night wound down, Amazon’s party was heating up
As some Golden Globe after-parties cleared out (ahem, the domed tent of the Focus party), others got packed — and some of the hottest soirées Sunday night turned out to be thrown by the newer kids on the block.
Like Netflix’s, Amazon’s penthouse party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was a hot ticket. Around 11:30 p.m., Viola Davis made her way down the hallways just as Mariah Carey was gliding out; guests arriving in the witching hour were greeted by the booming sounds of rising rapper Cardi B.
Her breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” gave way to a supremely danceable DJ set as attendees filled a small dance floor, gazing out at the Los Angeles skyline from penthouse heights.
The party’s catchy soundtrack was no accident, as Amazon brought in the heavy hitters to score the evening.
Sibling DJs Samantha Ronson and Mark Ronson were both on hand to successfully keep the dance floor full late into the evening.
11:45 a.m.: This article was updated with more details about the party.
This article was originally published at 10:08 a.m.
NBC apologizes, removes tweet endorsing Oprah Winfrey for president
NBC apologized on Monday for a tweet endorsing Oprah Winfrey as “OUR future president.”
The tweet was posted in response to a quip from Seth Meyers’ Golden Globes opening monologue, but fell flat with some on social media, including President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
The network, which aired Sunday’s show, then removed the tweet, explaining that it had been posted by a third-party agency used by NBC Entertainment and “was not meant to be a political statement.”
Here’s how it all went down:
“In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president, [Donald Trump], at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Jokes about how he was unqualified to be president,” Meyers quipped. “Some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!”
The joke was promptly followed by the tweet in question, which bore a GIF of Winfrey, Sunday’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient. It said “Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” referencing a viral anti-Trump meme.
However, Trump supporters didn’t find the barb so amusing and a backlash ensued. Trump’s Twitter-enthusiast son Don Jr. then took the network to task, saying that the tweet showed the broadcaster’s bias loud and clear.
“In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it,” he wrote, sharing NBC’s Winfrey tweet. “The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it. Can you trust anything they say at this point? Americans see the truth in job #s & in their wallets!”
The network then took the tweet down and issued its apology, which Don Jr. later called “strange.”
More fun from the Fox Golden Globes after-party
The Fox Golden Globes bash — which included 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, FX, National Geographic and Hulu — was an early must-stop for Globes-goers who noshed on charcuterie and cheeses.
“Shape of Water” mastermind Guillermo del Toro and Martin McDonagh, director of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (which won for motion picture – drama), arrived showing off their Golden Globes.
The evening’s winningest studio had a lot to celebrate at the sprawling after-party held on the roof terrace of the Beverly Hilton, where glinting chandeliers hung high above post-show revelers.
Stars of “The Post” gathered in one nook; gawkers flocked toward best actress winner Frances McDormand and her husband, Joel Coen; on the dance floor “The Greatest Showman” actress and singer Keala Settle posed for pictures, celebrating a best-song win for “This Is Me.”
In the “Shape of Water” corner sat “Star Trek: Discovery” star Doug Jones, the versatile physical performer who plays the creature in Del Toro’s sci-fi romantic adventure.
“I’ve known Guillermo for 20 years and seven projects,” Jones said, speaking fondly of Del Toro, with whom he first worked on 1997’s “Mimic.” “I’m so happy for him.”
Outside, along a cozy terrace, television screens replayed scenes from the Globes telecast. Hungry guests lined up to soak up Champagne suds with gourmet pizza and enjoy an espresso bar.
But the sushi (prepared by on-site chefs) proved alarmingly mediocre — not that it stopped anyone from partaking — as the DJ spun tunes from Madonna to Chubby Checker for the early-night crowd.
Women take center stage at the Golden Globes
The 75th Golden Globes were the first major awards show of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. didn’t miss its cue.
The procession of black dresses that began at the Beverly Hilton’s red carpet moved to the winner’s podium as films and television shows driven by women — “Lady Bird,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — prevailed at a ceremony marked mostly by serious speeches focusing on months of allegations and admissions of sexual harassment within Hollywood.
“There’s a new era underway,” host Seth Meyers said moments into his opening monologue, “and I can tell, because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.”
“By the way,” he continued, “a special hello to hosts of other upcoming awards shows that are watching me tonight — like the first dog they shot into outer space.”
If this year’s Globes marked a new age for awards shows, it wasn’t remarkably different from previous editions, save for the monochromatic evening wear, the on-point #MeToo messaging and, for the most part, the jettisoning of snark, though the show did have a few priceless, snide moments. (Natalie Portman, presenting the director category: “And here are the all-male nominees.”)
The evening, long marketed as the looser, less inhibited answer to the stodgy Oscars, actually felt a lot like the Academy Awards with plenty of effusive and heartfelt acceptance speeches, with particular note being paid to the front-row presence of Oprah Winfrey, the recipient of the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille honor. (Meyers did one bit pegged to Winfrey running for president in 2020.)
All that attention proved prescient as Winfrey delivered the evening’s big powerhouse moment with nearly everyone in the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom hanging on every word.
Oprah for president? Sure, but Donald Trump always thought she’d be a great running mate: ‘I think we’d win easily’
Oprah Winfrey’s political prospects have been subject to speculation for decades. And even President Trump has fed into it.
The former talk-show host, who accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes with a rapturous speech on Sunday, was touted by Trump as a possible running mate long before he was sworn in as president.
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.
Winfrey suspected that he might run some day, but Trump wasn’t so sure back then.
“I just probably wouldn’t do it, Oprah,” he told her in 1988. “I probably wouldn’t, but I do get tired of seeing what’s happening with this country, and if it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country, how we’re really making other people live like kings, and we’re not.”
Trump told Larry King in 1987, “I have no intention of running for president.” The following year, Trump recited a similar yarn as a guest on Winfrey’s top-rated talk show, one of many dual appearances he had with her.
By the late ’90s, however, Trump was still being asked about his political aspirations and even a possible running mate.
“I love Oprah,” Trump told King in 1999. “Oprah would always be my first choice. If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.”
Then in June 2015, Trump circled back to that prospect, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Winfrey would be the perfect running mate who would help him clinch the election.
“I’d love to have Oprah,” Trump said. “I think we’d win easily, actually.”
But in June 2016, when Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel told Winfrey that she “would beat both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton” if she ran.
However, Winfrey doubled down, much like Trump once did, saying she “would never run for office” and declared her support for Clinton.
Winfrey did tease some hope of a presidential run, though:
“For many years, I used to think — until this election year, I thought — ‘Wow, I have no…’ Why do people say that? I have no qualifications to run,” she said. “I’m feeling pretty qualified. After this year, I’m feeling really qualified.”
Oprah Winfrey declares a ‘new day on the horizon’ in a speech that stirs hope (in some) of a presidential run
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
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.
Women in black take over the Golden Globes in a show of solidarity against sexual harassment and gender inequality
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.
Tommy Wiseau reveals what he would have said on stage at the Golden Globes
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.’”
Resuming in his own voice, Franco continued, “I am very happy to share this moment with him today.”
The men in (all) black at the Golden Globes
Many men who turned out to the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday showed their sartorial solidarity with the Time’s Up movement by wearing all-black tuxedo ensembles.
Check out our photo gallery of some of the memorable monochrome menfolk.
‘Three Billboards’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ are the top winners of a very different kind of Golden Globes awards
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.
In what has been one of the most wide-open awards seasons in years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. offered little clarity, spreading its love among a handful of top contenders. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Lady Bird” and “The Shape of Water” all took home major prizes, while other critical favorites such as “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Post” left empty-handed.
Women wear the pants at the 75th Golden Globes
“Tonight is about women wearing the pants,” said Alison Brie at the 75th Golden Globes on Sunday, “so I chose to literally wear the pants.”
The “GLOW” actress channeled a modern Audrey Hepburn in a strapless sweetheart ensemble by Vassilis Zoulias that comprised a full skirt nipping into a pant leg.
Her dress-pants combo look was a popular one on the red carpet, which was lined with stars in creative versions of all black in support of the Time’s Up movement.
Style standouts from the 75th Golden Globes
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.
Also, here’s why we think this year’s Golden Globes black-dress blackout is good for fashion.
This is why Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. President Meher Tatna didn’t wear black
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 brightly colored traditional garb on an otherwise somber red carpet. “When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”
What’s more, Tatna, who assumed the presidency of the entertainment journalist organization last June, told “ET” that she had also picked out the dress with her mother, who would be watching the show in Mumbai. “So she would be appalled if I were to [have] worn black. And so this is for my mom.”
Red-carpet rewind: A video fashion recap of the 75th Golden Globes red carpet
A black-dress blackout, a surfeit of sequins, a bumper crop of bare shoulders and a whole lot of monochrome menfolk — those were some of the memorable moments from the red-carpet arrivals at the 75th Golden Globes on Sunday night.
With the first major awards show of 2018 in the rearview mirror, I sat down with The Times’ Jesse Goddard to recap the evening through the fashion lens and discuss what clues, if any, the evening’s takeaway trends might hold in the seasonal sartorial slog toward the Academy Awards in March.
Power is the new black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes »
Meet the designer behind Connie Britton’s ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ sweater
Connie Britton’s 75th Golden Globes ensemble killed two birds, you might say, with one sweater: She supported the Time’s Up movement by wearing all black and brought awareness to Bono’s female-focused One Campaign with her feminist-minded statement sweater. The black cashmere crewneck was emblazoned with an embroidered declaration that “Poverty Is Sexist.”
The maker of the hand-sewn sweater — and one reading simply “Equality” worn by Kristen Bell, who stayed home sick from the show — is New York-based label Lingua Franca, which launched its tops embroidered with hip-hop lyrics on Net-a-Porter in 2016 and has since found fans including Leonardo DiCaprio and Christy Turlington. The name Lingua Franca means “the common language.”
Lingua Franca founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, who also founded the site Guest of a Guest, said in an email Sunday, “I never intended to put political statements on these sweaters. [But] after the election, the mood among our embroiderers was dismal to say the least. We have over 45 women sewing [the sweaters’ slogans by hand], all from diverse backgrounds, and many are immigrants to the U.S. I felt helpless; I think we all did. It became clear to me that we all have a voice and that we all can use that voice to make a statement.”
Drake, Aziz Ansari, Pharrell and more scenes from Netflix’s Golden Globes after-party
Held at the newly built Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, Netflix’s Golden Globes after-party was an event fit for a monarch.
Guests were greeted by a blood-red carpet that wound its way to the hotel’s entrance. Presented with an entrance ticket of a black wristband with a Netflix brand upon checking in, attendees were greeted by waiters with glasses of white wine. Around the corner a bellboy, specially hired for the event, managed elevators that took guests upstairs to the party. (The red carpet on the elevator was also branded with the streaming service’s name.)
As the elevator’s doors opened, another sign led guests to a shoe valet, where they were able to trade their heels and dress shoes for a pair of slippers — it was clearly time to Netflix and chill.
Just before 9:30 p.m., Pharrell Williams joined the party in jeans, sneakers and a cream-colored jacket as Mary J Blige’s “Real Love” blared from the speakers. Blige, who was nominated earlier in the night for her role in Netflix’s “Mudbound” and for her original song “Mighty River,” was seated at the party in the film’s reserved section joined by actress Alfre Woodard. On a table not far away, someone had discarded their invites to HBO’s after-party.
Wearing a Time’s Up pin, Golden Globe winner Aziz Ansari goes mostly unnoticed against the bar by the dance floor. Steps away, guests are clamoring to get photos with the “Stranger Things” kids.
A short time later, rapper Drake entered in a black tux with a white shirt and a security detail all around. He made his way across the dance floor, first embracing “Stranger Things’” Millie Bobby Brown before migrating to “Mudbound’s” section and then the bar. At the bar, he and Ansari hugged and exchanged pleasantries.
Oprah at the Golden Globes: Is she running for president? She should!
Oprah Winfrey for president was something of a running theme throughout the Golden Globes on Sunday, beginning with Seth Meyers’ opening monologue. He jokingly forbade Winfrey from considering the presidency.
But the trend picked up steam as the night unfolded, particularly after Winfrey’s impassioned acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
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Not one man mentioned the #MeToo movement in his acceptance speech
And that wasn’t lost on Twitter users.
In a banner year for awareness of sexual harassment and assault, many people tuning into the Golden Globes Sunday night took issue with male winners’ failure to acknowledge the #MeToo movement.
Oprah Winfrey on considering a run for president: ‘Okaay!’
The question isn’t will Oprah Winfrey run for president, but when.
Electrified by her speech onstage at an unusually politicized Golden Globes, celebrities in the audience and fans watching from home were so ready to vote Oprah into the White House that a hashtag quickly gained momentum: #Oprah2020.
Holding court in the VIP row of tables up front, Winfrey sat with Gayle King and “Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, their seats turned toward the stage, where word of the internet campaign reached her.
“I tried to tell her!” DuVernay said, smiling.
TRANSCRIPT: Oprah Winfrey’s Cecil B. DeMille Award speech
“The internet is saying Oprah for president in 2020,” The Times told Winfrey. What does Oprah say?
“I say, I’m just glad I got through the speech!” she said, smiling as she referred to her Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award acceptance speech. Winfrey was the first black woman to win the honor. “I thought a lot about it. I wanted this to be a meaningful moment.”
Winfrey’s speech, crafted in the spirit of the evening and delivered with a stirring and unimpeachable passion, rallied others to continue speaking up and out against injustice and referenced Sidney Poitier, Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor and the #TimesUp movement.
And it was almost cut short.
Earlier in the evening, Winfrey had been asked to trim her speech by three minutes. “I thought, ‘I don’t know how I can.’ ”
But about that 2020 ticket ...
Will Oprah consider a run for POTUS? She paused, cracking a sly smile. “Okaay!”
Golden Globe winner James Franco on why he wore a Time’s Up pin
I was asked this question a lot, too, when I did the film ‘Milk.’ Whenever any group is treated differently or given less rights or less equality than any other . . . it’s everyone’s responsibility to stand up and make change.
— James Franco, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in ‘The Disaster Artist’
Why Barbra Streisand’s hope for female directors at Sunday’s Golden Globes sounded like 1984
One of the most eye-opening moments at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards came when Barbra Streisand, presenting the night’s final award for best picture, drama, said, “Backstage I heard they said I was the only woman to get the best director award. And you know, that was 1984: That was 34 years ago!
“Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director,” she insisted. “There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.”
After an awards night with so many hopeful moments, when women seemed to be taking back the narrative on the red carpet, in their acceptance speeches and in the number of awards going to women-centered projects, it was a stinging dose of reality.
No women were nominated for a directing Golden Globe this year. While the Greta Gerwig-directed “Lady Bird” won the Globe for best musical or comedy picture, Gerwig was snubbed in the directors category, as was “Mudbound’s” Dee Rees.
Streisand’s words made us take a look back to our coverage of the 1984 Golden Globe Awards, the year that Streisand won the directing Golden Globe for “Yentl,”
“Streisand, who appeared genuinely surprised by the best director award,” wrote L.A. Times writer Michael London in the story published on Jan. 30, 1984, “said that she hoped it represented ‘new opportunities for so many talented women who tried to make their dreams become realities as I did.’”
Thirty-four years later, she’s still hoping.
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Backstage, Golden Globe-winning ‘Three Billboards’ writer-director Martin McDonagh hopes for a ‘sea change’ in Hollywood
The only thing I have control over is telling a story like this. And doing everything one can to make sure one’s set is the safest place to work…. One of the things that has come out about the Weinstein thing is that people knew for years. Hopefully from now on, when they hear, they’ll speak up more quickly. What I’m hoping is a sea change from the last few months.
— Martin McDonagh, on what men in Hollywood can do to combat sexual harassment
Backstage after a big ‘Lady Bird’ night at the Globes, Greta Gerwig on ‘an incredible year for women’
When “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan took the stage in the Golden Globes press room, they sparked a rowdy round of congratulatory hooting and hollering — to which they responded by hooting and hollering right back, clutching their award statuettes.
When the noise quieted down, the two melted into smiles.
Given how her solo directorial debut dovetails with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Gerwig addressed gender equality in entertainment.
“It’s been such an incredible year for women — as actors and writers and directors and producers, people coming to the forefront to tell stories from their world as they see it,” she said. “The support they’ve gotten and the way audiences [have received them] — it all makes it so much easier for the next crop of filmmakers who want to tell stories about women.”
Ronan said she felt “very lucky that from an early age I’ve gotten to do what I want to do.”
“There was definitely a time,” she continued, “when you’re trying to figure out what your role [in life] is … and the role of Lady Bird was not around back then — and that was not that long ago! And it’s an incredibly special thing to have a character like that.”
How much of “Lady Bird” is autobiographical? Gerwig shook her head, as if to say, “not at all.”
“She was sort of the opposite of how I was growing up. I was a rule follower, and I didn’t dye my hair bright red,” Gerwig said. “It was an exploration of the kind of person I wanted to be back then. That being said, I’m from Sacramento and went to Catholic girls school, but who Lady Bird is was born from my imagination.”
Gerwig was especially excited about one of the movie’s fans:
“I saw Justin Timberlake, and he saw the movie, and he gives his thumbs up,” she said. “That began my night and I thought: ‘Man, that’s amazing, that’s all you need!’”
Gary Oldman backstage at the Globes: the lessons of Churchill applied to the era of Weinstein
“Hello everyone, what about that?” Gary Oldman exclaimed as he stepped onto the press room stage Sunday at the Golden Globes.
Oldman had a lucky charm tucked in his pocket: a little book of a speech by Winston Churchill, whom he portrayed in “Darkest Hour.” The actor’s outfit — black, with a Time’s Up pin — was meant to be its own statement, one that Oldman felt passionately about, he said, because of his feelings about Harvey Weinstein.
“I’ve always said when the curtain came down on Harvey, I was flabbergasted and shocked,” he said. “Fortunately, he was never in my orbit. We met him in ’92 and he gave me the creeps. And I said, ‘Let’s not work with that guy.’ And we never did. When the curtain came down, I looked at it as evolution. We’re still coming out of the [mist]. What we do, what we say, how we do it and who we say and do it to, is very, very important. And if that’s exposed, then it’s a good thing.”
He added that “Darkest Hour” illustrates what can come from standing up and saying, “No more. We’re not gonna take it anymore.”
Asked what it meant to embody Churchill, Oldman was just as passionate.
“There are certain figures that are indispensable. And really, looking at Churchill more specifically and closely than just being a figure in British history … really diving into it, our world order we’ve sort of enjoyed over the past 70 years is arguably down to one man,” he said.
“As I said out there, I’m proud of the movie because it shows and illustrates the power of words and actions — that words and actions can literally change the world. And the courage [Churchill] had ... he took on this racist thug, this dictator, it showed extraordinary courage. I look at people like Washington and Lincoln, that’s who I believe you could compare him to.”
Oldman was cheeky on the topic of what projects might be coming up, especially when one reporter suggested he might be playing Sigmund Freud.
“I heard it first from you!” he said, laughing. “That’s interesting. I’ll think about that though.”
For now, making his rounds on the awards circuit is a full-time job.
“We’re on this ride, and if it goes all the way to March 4 [the Oscars], I’ll be at work after that. This is my job at the moment.”
Who was Recy Taylor? Oprah Winfrey tells why she mentioned her at the Globes
On Recy Taylor’s way home from church one night in Abbeville, Ala., a group of white men accosted her on the street. They forced the 24-year-old wife and mother into their truck and six of them took turns raping her.
This was in 1944 and — despite admissions of guilt, a trial, help from NAACP investigator Rosa Parks and fruitless consideration of the case by a grand jury — the assailants were never brought to justice.
In 2011, with the assailants all dead, the state of Alabama issued an apology to Taylor for not prosecuting her attackers. She was 91 years old. On Dec. 28 of last year, Taylor died in the same Alabama town where she had been raped.
Onstage Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey said Taylor’s name and educated the audience on her story. Backstage, with her Cecil B. DeMille Award in hand, she explained why she decided to do so.
“[To show] it’s been happening for a very long time, when people didn’t feel like they could speak up,” she said.
Draped in black, in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, Winfrey noted that shortly after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, which led to an important discussion of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, she thought, “Here is an opportunity for powerful growth.
“How do we use this moment to elevate what is happening instead of continually victimizing ourselves?” she said. “Now that we’ve all joined as one voice, it feels like empowerment to women who never had it.”
Taylor’s story was just one high point in Winfrey’s bold speech, which rallied her admirers.
Golden Globe winner Frances McDormand on whether a change in Hollywood is here to stay
There’s no going back. No, we just go forward. In the best possible way.
— Frances McDormand
Watch Seth Meyers’ Golden Globes opening monologue
Kicking off the first show of awards season is no easy feat, but Seth Meyers handled the task with aplomb.
Meyers pulled no punches during his Golden Globes opening monologue, tackling Hollywood’s sexual misconduct crisis and inequality with a deft hand.
From Kevin Spacey to Harvey Weinstein, no one was spared from Meyers’ barbs. See Meyers’ monologue in its entirety above.
Barbra Streisand can’t believe she’s the only woman to have won a Golden Globe for director
In introducing the nominees for best picture — drama, Barbra Streisand seemed astonished that she remains the only woman to have won a Golden Globe for best director. Ever. That’s in 75 years.
Streisand took home the best director award for “Yentl” in 1984. This year, there was not a single female director nominated in that category.
“You know… that was 34 years ago?” Streisand said at Sunday’s ceremony. “Folks, time’s up.”
In fact, women have been nominated in the director category only seven times since 1943. Those nominees are Streisand (who, besides her ’84 win, was also nominated in 1991 for “The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (1993 for “The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (2003 for “Lost in Translation”), Kathryn Bigelow (who, along with Streisand, was nominated twice, once in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker” and again in 2012 for “Zero Dark Thirty”) and Ava DuVernay (nominated in 2014 for “Selma”).
Golden Globe winner Guillermo del Toro on 25 years of films that stayed true to himself (with one exception)
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.”
He admitted that all of his films, in a way, are about his own life. It just so happens, he says, that “The Shape of Water” is relevant for the current time period.
“I think that you have to do movies about things that are close to you, that you understand,” he said.
What fashion had to say at the Golden Globes
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.
“Tonight is about women wearing the pants,” Brie said on the red carpet, “so I chose to literally wear the pants.”
Reese Witherspoon on the timing of Golden Globe-winning ‘Big Little Lies’ and a ‘difficult year’ in Hollywood
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.
“A lot has come out of the darkness and into the light,” she said. “I think there was a collective feeling that it wouldn’t be business as usual. …We’re very privileged to be here. There are a lot of people in other industries who don’t get the opportunity to be heard.
“Hopefully this is a small gesture that will continue to resonate.”
Read the full transcript of Oprah Winfrey’s speech that fired up the Golden Globes
Oprah Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes, making history as the first black female recipient. Her fiery acceptance speech will no doubt go down in history too, igniting speculation that maybe she has political aspirations.
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Here’s the full transcript:
Thank you, Reese [Witherspoon, who presented the award].
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee, watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white and, of course, his skin was black. And I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that.
And I have tried many, many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats, as my mom came through the door bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I could do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”: Amen, amen. Amen, amen.
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award right here at the Golden Globes, and it is not lost on me that at this moment there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award. It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who’ve inspired me, who’ve challenged me, who’ve sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible: Dennis Swanson, who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago,” Quincy Jones, who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sofia in ‘The Color Purple,’” Gayle [King], who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman [Graham], who has been my rock, just a few to name.
I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., because we all know that the press is under siege these days. But we also know that it is the insatiable dedication and the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.
Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed, bills to pay and dreams to pursue.
They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers. And farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, and engineering, and medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military. And there’s someone else: Recy Taylor. A name I know and I think you should know too.
In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Ala., when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case. And together, they sought justice.
But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never [prosecuted]. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as 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 dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.
But their time is up. Their time is up! Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on.
It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether in television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome.
I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon!
And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight. And some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again. Thank you.
‘Mrs. Maisel’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on celebrating a ‘confident female taking charge of her life’
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.
“It’s a really fertile time, the timing couldn’t be better,” he said. “What’s going on in our country right now, in our industry right now, [this story] is a respite from that and breathes a sigh of relief.”
When the group was asked about “the Jewish-American aspect of the show,” Sherman-Palladino stepped forward again:
“My father was a comic,” she said. “He’d work the Borscht belt, the Catskills, the clubs downtown. I was sort of raised with [it].
“And when you grow up with it,” she continued, “you feel like Jews invented comedy. Back in the 1950s, that voice — not just a Jewish voice, but a New York voice — it just felt like the most fun thing we could possibly do. Plus: matzo ball soup!”