Golden Globes, Hidden Fences, and Reading For Filth
Last night, I tuned into the 74th annual Golden Globes awards ceremony. If you live under a rock, it honors the best of the best in television and film, and it’s a pretty big deal in Hollywood actor-ville. For the viewers, it’s all about designer ball gowns, corny skits, and films you’ve never heard of taking home every award.
To my own surprise though, I actually enjoyed the show. And that’s probably because some of my favorites took home Golden Globe trophies.
Tracee Ellis Ross won Best Actress in a TV Series or Comedy for Black-ish and is the first Black woman to do so since Debbie Allen won back in 1983 for Fame. That’s 34 years, you know. It’s about time. Not only did Tracee look absolutely fabulous in a beaded Zuhair Murad midi dress, diamond rings sparkling on every finger, but also she gave a beautiful acceptance speech, dedicating her award to “women, women of color, and colorful people.” Thank you, Tracee, thank you.
Viola Davis grabbed a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her stellar work in Fences. I saw it, and it was amazing. I almost literally left the theater with my soul hanging out of my chest. During her acceptance speech, she shouted out her father as her personal Troy, and all of us who have seen the film chuckled. (Sidenote: Am I the only one who is mesmerized anytime Viola Davis opens her mouth? She could talk about chicken wings and make me tear up.)
Atlanta won for Best Musical of Comedy Series, and I couldn't be happier. A show with a nearly all-black cast based in and around the city of Atlanta won at the freaking Golden Globes. Talk about doing it for the culture. To matters way better, Donald Glover shouted out Migos for making everyone's favorite hit, Bad & Boujee. Peak blackity, and I was all the way there for it. Seeing the confusion of the audience was probably the highlight of my day.
Some of my favorite series also took home awards, like The People v. O. J. Simpson for Best Miniseries of TV Film and The Crown for Best Drama TV Series. Claire Foy won Best Actress in a Drama TV series for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, which was extremely well deserved. Seriously. The show is flawless. It’s historically accurate, it has the perfect dose of humor, the costuming is amazing, and the plots are juicy (it's based off of real life government drama, you know.)
La La Land won what seems like every-damn-thing. As someone who hadn’t even heard of the film before last night, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. But I like Emma Stone, who also won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for it, and she’s a main character. So maybe it actually is good. Who knows. I’m not jumping out of my skin to watch.
And then Moonlight. I was overly annoyed every time I didn’t hear the name Moonlight called for an award. But what the devil made for bad, the Lord made for good: Moonlight took home the big enchilada: Best Drama Motion Picture. It makes all of my premature disappointment throughout the night well worth it. (Another sidenote: Mahershala Ali is probably the hardest working actor out right now, and he needs more props.)
In flub news, on the red carpet before the show, correspondent Jenna Bush Hager asked Pharrell about his role in “Hidden Fences.” Pharrell’s face was all of us in that moment. Then, when reading the nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Michael Keaton did the same, announcing Octavia Spencer for her role in “Hidden Fences.”
The green people of the world will say it’s just a simple mistake. However, no one seemed to mix up The Night Of and The Night Manager. And slight tongue teaser La La Land flew throughout the night without a hitch. It’s almost like having two films centered around black people is too much for Hollywood to process. But I digress.
Like always, Black Twitter turns an offense into a funny and made the hashtag #GoldenGlobeErrors trend virally. Go search the hashtag and prepare to die of laughter.
But then Meryl Streep happened. After receiving the most heart-warming tribute from her dear friend and fellow artist Viola Davis and viewing the epic montage of her ridiculously loaded portfolio of work, she read everyone for filth. She condemned you-know-who about mocking a disabled reporter and made the important point that if we allow that kind of behavior, it gives others permission to do the same.
She also hit on diversity, preaching at Hollywood and the world that if they kick out all foreigners, all that will be left to watch is “football and mixed-martial-arts.” Which in the words of Meryl, “IS NOT THE ARTS.” *Insert her epic finger wag.*
She ended her read with a short but powerful quote from the late Carrie Fisher:
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
I LIVED for every word dropped from her mouth. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.
Overall, the Golden Globes ceremony was good. While some of my favorites didn’t win, like Denzel Washington (I mean how the hell does Denzel Washington lose? He’s Denzel Washington!), a lot of them did. Diversity was in the building, and I loved it. Kerry Washington's hair was laid. Naomi Campbell looked like a goddess on Earth. Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig were hilarious together. Brad Pitt looked as good as Brad Pitt usually does. Our hearts were touched by the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds moment. The Stranger Things kids looked adorable. And now we have more GIFs to add to our personal collections.
Let award show season continue to commence!