75th Golden Globes: A Change in Hollywood


Lucie Dumont, Reporter

The 75th Golden Globe awards were hosted last Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel by former SNL member Seth Meyers. The event was the first major Hollywood gathering since the revealing of dozens of accusations made by dozens of women on powerful Hollywood men abusing their power with sexual harassment (Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. – to name a few). Not long before the awards, different women who would be attending, announced their movement “Time’s Up” and their decision to wear black to the awards, encouraging everyone else to do the same. On the night, virtually everyone attending wore black in support of the campaign and it’s safe to say that the overall theme of the evening was that of “Time’s up”, from Seth Meyers’ opening monologue to the emotional acceptance speeches.
The winner for Best Drama Motion Picture was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, which also won for Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Drama, and Best Performance by a Supporting Actor. Ironically, James Franco, winner for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, won for his film “The Disaster Artist” about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room”, a cult classic wildly considered by the majority to be one of the worst films of all time.
The crowning moment, however, was Oprah Winfrey’s speech accepting the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award. She is the first African-American woman recipient of the award. Her speech referenced problems of racism, sexism, and abuse in Hollywood, garnering her multiple standing ovations. “The change is here with everyone who chooses to say ‘me too’ and every man who chooses to listen”, says Oprah on the world opening its mind to the common occurrences of sexual harassment and abuse that has happened to so many people in so many parts of the world. The speech in fact garnered up so much buzz that since the Globes, there has been talk of Winfrey running for president in 2020, much to the public’s enthusiasm. It is not definite, as she is yet to comment on the claims, but until the Oscars arrive, awards season is already buzzing- and so is Hollywood.

Photo provided by the reporter.