Highlights from The 2018 Golden Globes

A night filled with awards and statements.

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were a time to celebrate the triumphs in cinema and television as well as acknowledge the hardships of this past year in Hollywood. In regards to this, most of the celebrities walked the red carpet in their all black attire to support the anti sexual harassment group Time’s Up. This movement comes after the Harvey Weinstein scandals and other sexual harassment cases tore through the entertainment world this past year. The speeches from winners also touched on ways as a society that we can improve for 2018.

These themes can be seen most prominently in Oprah Winfrey’s powerful speech. She was accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, but her speech was the real winner. Oprah became the first African American woman to receive this award and hoped that other young girls out there would be inspired to pursue their dreams as well. The end of her speech was the cherry on top of her already magnificent words though, the one that resulted in a standing ovation and ultimately set the tone for 2018.

She said, “a new day is on the horizon! And when that day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody has to say ‘Me Too’ again.”

There were also a few TV Shows and movies that took home all (or none) of the awards that are worth mentioning.

HBO’s Big Little Lies swept the Limited Series or TV movie categories that it was nominated in. This dark drama details the events surrounding the prominent families of a tranquil California town. The purpose of the show is to dive deeper into society’s views of perfection, marriage, and family. Big Little Lies was expected to take home numerous awards as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern all gave some of this year’s top performances. They allow the audience to “look behind the curtain” and see that this idyllic image of a perfect marriage and perfect children isn’t always truth.

In the movie categories there were two films that left the awards show empty-handed, shocking everyone. The first of which is Get Out, a mystery/thriller that delighted fans early last year. The movie received 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was expected to upset some of the other best films of the year. It left with no wins though and had people questioning why it was nominated in the comedy/musical category in the first place… Call Me By Your Name is another movie that got snubbed at the Golden Globes. Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of this coming of age novel produced two of the best performances of the year. Despite being up against many seasoned veterans, many critics predicted that the film’s lead, Timothe√© Chalamet, would take home the award for best actor, making him the youngest winner ever. Sadly this did not happen and these two films will have to wait until the Oscars to test their luck again.

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird was celebrated for its success though, winning best picture (comedy) and best actress (comedy). This film’s win came as no surprise to anybody as Gerwig’s love letter to Sacramento and coming of age film was one of the highest reviewed movies of the year. The Shape of Water was another film that took home a few wins including best director. Guillermo del Toro definitely deserved this award as he was able to create a deeply compelling romantic thriller with a main character that is mute and another that is a sea creature. The night’s biggest winner in the movie categories though was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I have not personally seen this film, but I will mention that some critics were surprised that this film beat out other favorites like Dunkirk or The Shape of Water.

This year proved to be nothing less than expected with many wins and disappointing losses, but overall the night was about coming together to end sexual harassment and empower all women in the future. Fans of movies will have to wait all the way until March 4th for the next celebration of talent: The Oscars.