a few thoughts on the Golden Globes

Friends, I watched the Golden Globes last night. Wha?! To be honest, I’m usually not the biggest awards show lady but I had my best friend Maddie by my side and wine in my hand, so how could anything go wrong? We thought we’d be cringing from some awkward speeches and off-color jokes but man, were we wrong. (OK yes this did happen a couple times but it certainly wasn’t the overall feel of the show.)

Even if you didn’t watch the Golden Globes last night, I hope you get a chance to read some of the quotes below because there were some hilarious moments, some hopeful moments, and even some progressive moments! My absolute favorites:

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. 
These two women are my biggest crushes. They were brash and funny and darling and everything we could have dreamed for their third time hosting. For example, when commenting on Steve Carell’s Foxcatcher character and how it took his make-up team two hours to prepare every day on set, Fey said that it took her “three hours to prepare for my part as ‘human woman.'” I die.tinafeysuit

Also, Tina wore an amazing pantsuit with a sparkly bowtie, which she rocked onstage later on in the show…it was really really cute. I mean, just so so cute.

Overall, Amy and Tina had the buddy comedy thing down to a science as co-hosts and they got big laughs and a shout-out from Meryl Streep…to no one’s surprise!

When Jill Soloway accepted the award for Best TV Comedy for Transparent: “I want to thank the trans community. They are our family and they make this possible. This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn, and too many trans people who died too young. And it’s dedicated to you, my trans parent, my ‘mapa,’ if you’re watching at home right now. I want to thank you for coming out because in doing so you made a break for freedom, you told your truth, you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show, and maybe we’ll be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love. To love.” I couldn’t agree more. To love!

Jeffrey Tambor accepting his award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his portrayal of Maura Pfefferman: “I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community…thank you thank you thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience, and thank you for letting us be a part of the change.”

Sometimes, visibility is a beautiful thing and the win last night shone a much-needed spotlight transgender rights and on the tragedy of Leelah Alcorn, if only for a moment. True representation and visibility will mean more transgender actors in roles on TV but damn, this is progress.

Amal Alamuddin. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wrote an amazing joke last night which brilliantly called out the trophy husband of human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin: “George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.

Boyhood‘s win. I really really liked this movie. It was quite the feat, filmed for a few weeks each year over a period of 12 years. The film is a moving portrayal of a single mom and her family just trying to make it through a sometimes tough and ever-complicated life. My mind was blown when I saw it and I recommend.

Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for her work in The Honorable Woman. My favorite part? “I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are in here and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.”

Common and John Legend. Common and Legend wrote “Glory” for Selma and won Best Song. I’ve included my favorite parts of their acceptance speech below. It was wonderful.

From Common: “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. “Selma” has awakened my humanity, and I thank you, Ava (Selma’s director)…We look to the future, and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. ‘Selma’ is now.

John Legend: “I’m so honored to be a part to of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’s happening right now. We still are in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now, and we’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully, as an inspiration to them. Thank you very much.”

I hope you see the movie. Also, I really recommend listening to the winning song, “Glory.” It is so poignant, it is so relevant, and it embodies a hope for our future. Common and John Legend and their music remind us that Black lives still matter and Selma is NOW.

Some of the above things I included as favorites were just goofy fun things because I have a big sense of humor and I giggled for a lot of the show last night. HOWEVER, there were also moments during the show last night that illuminated a really important movement in film and television right now for art that reflects real people living very real lives and writes stories that highlight what good people could be.


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