Last night's ceremony for the 75th Golden Globes went a little overtime but was otherwise flawless in how it tackled the issues of the moment (gender inequality, sexual harassment and assault, discrimination and abuse, etc... at the hands of mostly straight, white males).
Seth Meyers did a very good job as host and his opening monologue expertly straddled the line between zinging the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and avoiding minimizing the stated issues.
Oprah Winfrey, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the first woman of color to receive the honor, had the most leeway as far as length of speech and took full advantage of it by giving us the most rousing one of the night. I almost expected her to announce that she was running for President in 2020!! (Don't call me crazy, it was all everyone was talking about today...)
Oprah's speech was obviously all about the very important issues I mentioned above, as were those of most of the women who took the stage, especially Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Moss, Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Barbra Streisand, Frances McDormand, and Reese Witherspoon.
Witherspoon, didn't win for her role in Big Little Lies, but she was one of the biggest winners of the night anyway as a producer of the miniseries, which did a clean sweep of 4 of its winnable nominations (the other 2 were doubles in their respective categories).
The other big winner was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won for Picture (Drama), Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay.
Lady Bird got Picture (Comedy) and Lead Actress, while The Shape of Water had to make do with Director and Score.
On the television side, both Drama and Comedy series winners also crowned their respective Lead Actresses. The rest of the prizes spread out.
A couple more observations:
- Sterling K. Brown, who looks like such an approachable gentleman, made history as the first actor of color to win Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
- Alexander Skarsgård is always unbelievably dashing.
- I wonder if his win was a bit of a surprise, but it was most certainly warranted.
- Sam Rockwell and Gary Oldman finally got their dues. Hopefully, it carries on to the Oscars because these two actors have consistently delivered excellent work throughout their careers.
- I really wish the Globes split the Director and Screenplay awards because to me it makes zero sense to split the movies and the actors but not those (I know I'm repeating myself here, but it really bothers me...). That would have likely opened the door for Greta Gerwig to receive a directing nod in addition to her Screenplay one.
- Guillermo del Toro gave a very sweet speech, even though I had a hard time understanding the whole thing.
- Presenting the Best Director award, Natalie Portman, clearly unexpectedly, threw in the best barb of the night when she announced "Here are the ALL MALE nominees." Loved it!
- James Franco, who never seems to age, gave the most oddball speech of the night, as one would expect, but while I can understand him wanting to give his (hot!) brother Dave a shout out, did he really have to use that other guy as a prop if he wasn't going to let him speak (for which we're probably all better off, by the way...)?
- While I respect Frances McDormand's enormous talent, and can't wait to see her movie, she really looks and acts like the crazy cat lady shopping for chewing tobacco at Walmart. C'mon girl!!
- All the women supporting the "Time's Up!" cause were sort of expected to wear black dresses at the ceremony. No other dark colors (navy blue, slate, etc...) were acceptable, and the dresses were supposed to be completely black. It was ok to accessorise with jewelry though, so I'm puzzled why stars like McDormand, Janney, and Ronan, who all won (the first and last not unexpectedly), deviated from this. Either go off script like the HFPA's president herself did (given her position, an unforgivable faux-pas in my opinion) or just stick with the plan. Even the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones, who evidently didn't want to risk looking too demure... was able to do that!
- Finally, Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Garrett Hedlund, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson... Damn!!!
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriCall Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Lady BirdGet Out
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman
Best Motion Picture - Animated
The Boss Baby
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)
First They Killed My Father
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Gary Oldman, Darkest HourDaniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Tom Hanks, The Post
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
James Franco, The Disaster ArtistAnsel Elgort, Baby Driver
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriJessica Chastain, Molly's Game
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Saoirse Ronan, Lady BirdEmma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriArmie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Allison Janney, I, TonyaHong Chau, Downsizing
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Best Director - Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of WaterChristopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriGreta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, The Post
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, This is Me, The Greatest Showman
Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson, Home, Ferdinand
Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Mighty River, Mudbound
Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman, The Star, The Star
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of WaterHans Zimmer, Dunkirk
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Television Series - Drama
The Handmaid's TaleGame of Thrones
This Is Us
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselBlack-ish
Master of None
Will & Grace
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little LiesFargo
Top of the Lake
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Sterling K. Brown, This Is UsBob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of NoneAnthony Anderson, Black-ish
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Ewan McGregor, FargoGeoffrey Rush, Genius
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's TaleCaitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAlison Brie, GLOW
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
Issa Rae, Insecure
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Big Little LiesJessica Biel, The Sinner
Jessica Lange, Feud
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Susan Sarandon, Feud
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little LiesAlfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
David Harbour, Stranger Things
David Thewlis, Fargo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little LiesAnn Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies