Ok, so we LOVED the Golden Globe Awards last night.
It wasn’t just a beauty filled glam-fest (although everyone, as per, was beautiful and glam), it also restored our faith in humanity.
Firstly, Emma Stone’s acceptance speech for Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture in the new original musical “La La Land” (which won an astounding SEVEN awards in total) made us believe that we can all do anything if we have faith in ourselves.
“Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world, and that’s what this movie is about,” she said. “So to any creative person who’s had a door slammed in their face, either metaphorically or physically, or actors who have had their auditions cut off or have waited for a callback that didn’t come or anybody anywhere really that feels like giving up sometimes but finds it in themselves to get up and keep moving forward, I share this with you.”
Praise be to Emma Stone.
Secondly, Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award last night to preach powerful messages about disrespect, hate and violence and referenced a certain future President in doing so.
She talked about the moment that Donald Trump made fun of a disabled reporter. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it… and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life cos it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” she remarked. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence.”
She then ended the speech by asking all press to make sure they called out every outrage and every injustice, to have a zero tolerance policy to hate in order to tackle injustice.
She also made a comment about how everyone in Hollywood is from every corner of the earth and that, in fact “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts”. Omg so true, what would we all watch on Netflix.
A bit of a legend isn’t she.
Tracee Ellis Ross, who won Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy for Black-ish, also dedicated her award to “all the women, women of color, and colourful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you; we see you.” Amazing.
Basically, the Golden Globes Awards were a lesson in kindness, acceptance and diversity, and we had SO much time for it.
What a night.