That didn’t take long did it?
While last year the Golden Globes were progressive and ever more women centered, this year just seemed to forget all of that and revert to the standard boys show that we can expect coming from Hollywood unfortunately.
Here’s hoping the 2016 Academy Awards are better? Given #OscarsSoWhite was a trending hashtag last year due the lack of diversity in their nominations, I may just be setting myself up to be Waiting for Godot.
Problem no 1: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were not cohosts. While I am a fan of the British snark when it comes to comedy, Ricky Gervais was not doing it for me. On the heels of the Steve Harvey screw up at Miss Universe, I at least expected, Ricky Gervais to do that, at least that would have been funny. Hell, Jamie Foxx as a presenter had to do the Steve Harvey bit for him! I just miss Amy and Tina and all I got was some okay X rated jokes and a Cosby rape joke.
Problem no 2: No women won in any of the categories that didn’t have woman in the title of the award. That meant unless you were a Best Actress/Supporting Actress, SOL folks. There were no female creative wins this year as there were last year. Not only that, two movies about women this year up for Golden Globes nominations vs. ten movies about men. Two steps forward, one big old step back.
Problem No 3: The movies that were carried by people of color *cough* Creed, were not thanked. Love Sly Stallone, but would it have taken off his shine to recognize Director Ricky Coogler or main actor, Michael B. Jordan?
Problem no 4: Speeches for the most part were underwhelming this year. I know not every actor, director, writer, composer is supposed to say something relevant about the state of the affairs of the world, but a good chunk of the films this year lended themselves to an opportunity to do so.
It was great night to be a Latino man in Film/TV: with wins for Alejandro G. Iñárritu as Director, Gael Garcia Bernal and Oscar Isaac for acting. Inarritu
Leonardo won a Golden Globe for Best Actor finally, which means he’s that much more close to getting an Oscar. We’ll see although he’s got stiff competition and the Academy has been snubbed him for a decade now.
Lady Gaga won a GOLDEN GLOBE for acting. Let me repeat, Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe for acting, not singing, but acting. Apparently, she was shocked too. While I haven’t seen the American Horror Story episodes she’s in, she is proving to be multitalented artist.
Denzel Washington won the Cecil B. DeMille award for Lifetime Achievement in film. Introduced by his longtime friend and fellow actor Tom Hanks, what followed was the best dang montage to ALL of his best movies, which is almost like every movie. When Denzel brought his family up to the stage, to accept the award I don’t think there was a person who wasn’t a little like “awww” for the humbleness of the moment.
Taraji P. Henson. I don’t know whether I was through when she started giving out Cookies for her character, Cookie, on the TV Show “Empire. Her speech “What do you mean wrap? I’ve been waiting for this for 20 years, you gonna WAIT?! Or “who knew that playing an ex-convict would take me all around the world”. Taraji is EVERYTHING.
There were not a ton this year that said anything beyond, “me, me, me oh and thanks to the other folks who made this possible” unlike last year which had plethora of speeches that recognized their work as part of a larger cause.
The most interesting was Hollywood Foreign Press President talking about the duty of the film/tv/media world” to fight against violence, injustice, and intolerance”.
This was followed by Leo’s great acceptance speech that acknowledged and lauded First Nations and indigenous peoples work in fighting for justice in their communities and the need for equality in storytelling on the big screen
Best Joke of the Night? Goes to: America Ferrera and Eva Longoria when presenting together getting back at the Golden Globes for mistaking America with Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin”
Yes, hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes,” Longoria cracked right off the bat.
“And hi, I’m America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez,” Ferrera replied.
“And neither of us are Rosario Dawson,” the Longoria said quickly.
Amen,probably not a person of color in that room or watching who didn’t go “YAAAAS!”
You can check out the full list of winners here