The award ceremony was very different this year.
08 January 2018

With the #TimesUp movement taking center stage at the 2018 Golden Globes, it was a very different event. Be it the all-black dress code, the topics of conversation on the red carpet or even the acceptance speeches; everything was a pointer to the contribution of women, as well as the hopeful redistribution in power across industries helping the marginalized to grow. It’s safe to say that besides being the 75th edition, this year’s ceremony will go down in the history books as a historic moment. So if you missed out, here’s a recap of all that happened at the show!

1. Seth Meyers makes some jokes that made a lot of people a tad uncomfortable.

“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen.” Meyers kicked off, “It’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.” He proceeded to take a dig at Harvey Weinstein, “It’s time to address the elephant not in the room: Harvey Weinstein,” Meyers said. “But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he’s the first person to be booed ‘In Memoriam.’ Then he moved on to Kevin Spacey, “They’re going to do another season of House of Cards. Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too? I hope he can do a Southern accent because Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”

2. Frances McDormand got censored for no reason at all

In a bizarre turn of events, McDormand was censored for saying “Fox Searchlight” and “tectonic shift,” although the word “shite” made it through.

3. Allison Janney dedicated her award to controversial figure skater Tonya Harding.

While accepting the award for best supporting actress for I, Tonya, Janney thanked Harding for “sharing her story. What this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell the story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality.” Twitter was quite pissed off especially given that Harding was accused of conspiring to kneecap her rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.


4. #Oprah2020

She would make a MUCH better president.

5. Natalie Portman subtly made a huge point.

Portman took to the stage with Ron Howard to present the award for best director, and simply stated “And here are the all-male nominees.” Towards the end, Streisand questioned why she was the only female director to win a Golden Globe, for Yentl in 1984. “That was 34 years ago? Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and women to be nominated for best director.”

6. Kirk Douglas received a standing ovation.

The legendary actor/producer, celebrated his 101st birthday last month, and received a standing ovation when he was wheeled onstage by daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones. The actress spoke of him as a “living Hollywood legend,” responsible for helping end the Hollywood blacklist in 1960. “Catherine, you said it all. I want to say a speech but I don’t want to say it because I could never follow you,” Douglas said in return.

7. Debra Messing calls out E! for gender inequality.

*mic drop*