Golden Globes Turns into a Self-Righteous Protest Rally
Seth Meyers, the host of last night’s 75th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, typically started the evening with a joke applauding California’s new law legalizing marijuana use. The new law doesn’t bode well for the quality of movies and television programs coming from Hollywood in the future.
The list of nominees for the Globes this year wasn’t very memorable. And, neither was the show, which had a spirit of congratulatory self-righteousness throughout the whole evening.
Before the show had even begun, a protest of solidarity had already sprouted. Many attendees of the Golden Globes wore all black outfits as a form of protest against sexual assault and sexual harassment within their own industry, as well as others. Some wore pins with the words “Time’s Up,” the slogan of the initiative. It seemed as if almost everyone at the ceremony wore black outfits, including Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and many, many others. It’s terrific that many influential Hollywood elite are choosing to speak up against the disgusting acts that came from studio heads like Harvey Weinstein, and actors like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., and are likely ongoing within the industry. Time will tell if any of those participating in the #TimesUp protest will actually address the heart of the sexual assault and harassment problem, which is a sex and youth obsessed culture perpetuated by Hollywood itself and the movies they celebrate. Not only that, but most of the people in the audience are longtime supporters of accused sexual predator Bill Clinton and his enabler, Hillary Clinton.
Even among the nominees at the Golden Globes, there are questionable movies like THE DISASTER ARTIST which features its protagonist Tommy Wiseau verbally berating a naked woman in a sex scene he’s filming. If time is truly up for these people, how come individuals like Tommy Wiseau deserve celebrated movies of them? It’s hard for regular Americans to buy into a “hashtag” cause from Hollywood, when its proponents are women like Meryl Streep who has vocally supported Director Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and is banned from entering the USA. Or Justin Timberlake who proudly wore the “Times Up” pin, but starred this year in a movie written and directed by Woody Allen, who has a history of sexual assault accusations, not to mention the fact that he married his adopted daughter.
That said, if Hollywood wants to attempt to clean up their act some, by all means they should do it, let’s just wait to celebrate them for it until we see their new morality reflected in the movies they release. If Hollywood, and our culture as a whole, viewed sex as a selfless act of love towards your spouse and something to be saved for marriage alone, then we’d see the positive change that we really and truly need.
Seth Meyers opened the show with several self-deprecating jokes about both himself as a host, and many deep cutting jabs at Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, Meyers also made a few attacks on President Trump.
Right off the bat, Best Supporting Actor for a Drama went to Sam Rockwell for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING MISSOURI and Nicole Kidman won Best Actress in a Miniseries for BIG LITTLE LIES. Sterling K. Brown from THIS IS US won best actor in a Drama, and gave a beautiful speech thanking his wife, and promising his children that he’ll drive them to school the next morning. James Franco won Best Actor in a Comedy for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in THE DISASTER ARTIST and invited the real-life Wiseau onto the stage with him, but had to keep him from saying anything into the microphone. Best Actress in a comedy went to Saoirse Ronan for LADY BIRD. Aziz Ansari won Best Actor in a comedy series for MASTER OF NONE and was one of several people who had curse words bleeped on the broadcast.
Oprah Winfrey was given the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award and made a crowd-pleasing speech against sexual harassment.
At one point, Natalie Portman introduced the Best Director category by saying “and here are the male nominee’s,” bringing up the fact that none of the Best Director nominees were women, and creating an uncomfortable moment for nominees Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Martin McDonagh, and the winner, Guillermo del Toro.
LADY BIRD took home the award for best Musical or Comedy, and Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI.
Gary Oldman deservedly won Best Actor in a Drama for his role as Winston Churchill in THE DARKEST HOUR. In his speech, he honored his fellow nominees, the other cast members in THE DARKEST HOUR, and his wife. In finishing the speech, he said DARKEST HOUR shows that “words and actions can change the world. . .. Thank you, Winston Churchill.”
On an anti-climactic note, the best Drama award went to THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI and the evening was wrapped.
Most of the winners have problems, some being extremely crass, politically charged, and downright immoral. The President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meher Tatna made a good point when she said that “movies are our best hope of reflecting the world we want to live in.” The only problem is that most of the movies and TV shows the Golden Globes celebrates aren’t worlds where most people want to live.
For movies that really reflect that sort of world, watch the 26th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards on April 1, 2018 on the REELZChannel.