Golden Globes Has Deeper Meaning in 2018: #MeToo campaign highlighted next to winners

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By: Kody Bowden

The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held this year on Sunday, January 7th. Guests began to arrive well before the 7:00 p.m. start at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA. The Golden Globe Award got its start in 1994 by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who believed in recognizing talent in various media platforms. This year, it’s 75th anniversary, there was a special theme amongst many celebrities. Not only did the awards ceremony celebrate excellence in both film and television mediums but also included a protest against women’s harassment in the entertainment business.

Celebrities such as Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson, and many more all wore black attire to the awards to show support of this protest. Many male celebrities such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Sterling K. Brown, Denzel Washington, and many others also wore all black attire to show their support. All of those who wore black were part of the #MeToo movement to bring awareness and support for “Time’s Up”. This movement was created so that one day no one will ever have to say “Me too” when talking about sexual harassment.

The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund provides support to those who have experienced: sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. This simple act of wearing black turned heads and made a statement with all those who participated and showed support at such a large and important event. Celebrities that wore black are now auctioning off their gowns and suits from that evening to donate towards the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Although the main attention was on this Time’s Up movement, many celebrities won big as the categories and winners were continuously announced. The most talked about winner of the night was Oprah Winfrey and her eight-minute speech, following her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Oprah gave a heart filled speech focusing on the #MeToo movement. After her speech, Winfrey received standing ovations and positive reviews.

Host Seth Meyers called out the categories and winners as the awards show carried on. By the end of the night, over 20 Golden Globes were handed out for categories ranging from best actor in TV series to best original song in film. A few winners included: Best Animated Film- COCO, Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama- Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, and Best Actress in Motion Picture Comedy- Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. Some shows and actors won in multiple categories with Nicole Kidman winning best Actress in Limited Series TV with Big Little Lies as well as Big Little Lies winning Best Limited TV Series/Made for TV Movie.

The next large scale awards show is the Grammys, set to be held on January 28th, of 2018. The Grammys will air on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PT and will also recognize talent but in the music industry instead. Awards will be handed out for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, New Artist of the Year, as well as genre awards. The Grammys and Golden Globes are the first major awards ceremonies to occur in January, with all eyes expecting a continuation of the #MeToo movement to carry on.

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