From Meryl Streep’s awe-inspiring 6 minute speech, to Jimmy Fallon’s subtle stabs at the president elect, the stars united in their differences at the Golden Globes.
With just under two weeks left before inauguration day, many of the actors, actresses, directors, etc. had something to say in preparation. Jimmy Fallon started it off in his opening monologue, calling the audience of the Golden Globes “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.” Meryl Streep delivered an intensely powerful speech, recognizing the diverse heritage and lives of the actors while calling upon the media to stay unafraid in holding him (Trump) accountable.
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While some winners may not have been as brazen or as poignant, many still used their time at the mic to call out their love for the uniqueness of our country. Tracee Ellis Ross, the first black woman to win Best Actress in Comedy since 1983, shared her award with women of color.
“This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”
Viola Davis, winner of Best Supporting Actress, delivered not only a tear jerking acceptance speech as well as a harrowing homage to one of the best actresses of our time, but also a thought provoking answer to a tough question in the backstage press room. When asked about continued progress for the “American Dream”, Davis responded, “…there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system. So then what does that say about us?”
Byron Howard, director of the Best Animated Film, Zootopia, made a beautiful remark about the purpose behind this unique film. “We wanted to make a film that not only entertained kids but also spoke to adults about embracing diversity even when there are people who want to divide us by using fear.”
The next few weeks, and the next few years, is looking scary to quite a number of people. However, in the first major televised event since the 2016 election results, humanity showed its strengths as colorful people graced one of Hollywood’s biggest stages to give thanks for love.