10 Things to Know If You Didn’t Watch Last Night’s Golden Globes
01.08.18

Buckle up, folks: We’re now officially seven days and one whole awards show into 2018, courtesy of the Golden Globes. For the uninitiated, that’s the traditionally tipsy one that covers both television and film. It’s where attendees let it all hang out before they have to put it all back in for the more serious Oscar and Emmy Awards.

After last year’s shakeup in Hollywood, this year’s Globes had a decidedly different tone — the room at the Beverly Hilton felt a bit restless, the early reaction shots strained. But with the help of the Time’s Up movement — an anti-harassment action plan announced last week “with an impassioned pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business” created to address systematic inequality in the workplace — and Oprah (duh), we were all able to go to bed on an inspired note. Below are 10 things you may have missed if your bedtime clocked in before 11:09 p.m. EST (and read the full red carpet recap here.):

1. Your favorite actors brought activist plus-ones

In addition to the all-black outfits they wore in solidarity (separate thoughts about this are being published soon), A-list members of the Time’s Up initiative brought racial and gender activists as their plus-ones to last night’s events, which kept all red-carpet interviews focused on the important issues at hand.

Michelle Williams brought #MeToo creator Tarana Burke; Susan Sarandon brought Rosa Clemente, founder of PR (Puerto Rico) On The Map; Emma Watson brought Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a black-feminist network organization; Meryl Streep brought Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Shailene Woodley brought Calina Lawrence who raises awareness of social injustices impacting tribal reservations and urban Native communities; Amy Poehler brought Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United & ROC Action; and Emma Stone was accompanied by Billie Jean King, longtime women’s and LGBT rights advocate who Stone played in her nominated film, Battle of the Sexes.

2. Seth Meyers’ monologue was appropriately biting

Everyone seemed to hold their collective breath as a Straight White Male was assigned the task of hosting the first large Hollywood gathering since numerous sexual assault allegations within the industry came to light, but once Meyers kicked things off with, “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” the tone was set and fitting burns ensued.

3. This table graced us with its presence

Yes, that empty chair is Gayle’s and no, I don’t know how I’ve survived every other awards shows that didn’t have Oprah sitting front and center.

4. The acceptance speeches were inspiring and poetic 

From Nicole Kidman to Laura Dern and Elisabeth Moss, many of last night’s winners used their speeches to tie in current events and the greater, action-oriented goals of both #MeToo and Time’s Up.

5. Tommy Wiseau tried (and failed) to commandeer a mic

Whhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyy.

6. Oprah. Just Oprah.

Last night, Oprah became the first black woman to receive the 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for contributions to the world of entertainment.

In Winfrey’s moving speech — and moving is literally the only way to describe it — she recalled watching Sidney Poitier win an Oscar and, later, the very same award as a small child. “I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that…and it is not lost on me that there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to win this same award.” She also brought to attention the story of the late Recy Taylor, a black woman who never received justice after being abducted and raped by six white men in Alabama. And she reassured every girl watching that there is “a new day is on the horizon.”

7. Natalie Portman showed us all how presenting an award is done

“What you want, Natalie?”

8. There were some fun shoutouts

Including but not limited to: Sam Rockwell‘s shoutout to Imodium and “badass” Frances McDormand; Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s shoutout to Spanx and cheese; and Sterling K. Brown and Rachel Brosnahan both saying hi to Oprah in some form before making their respective acceptance speeches.

9. Hermione Granger and Cedric Diggory presented an award together

Professor Lupin was also nominated and Sirius Black won!!!!!

10. Hugh Jackman realized that Monday comes after Sunday

Sad but still true. Check out the full list of winners here!

Feature photo by Venturelli/WireImage.

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  • All I can say is Oprah 2020!

  • tmm16

    I can’t help but to ask this question: Why do we (as in, some of the media) continue to ignore/accept James Franco’s inappropriate past behavior towards women and not do something about it? There’s been numerous cases with him (recently from Ally Sheedy) involving sexual assault, harassment, and generally disgusting and inappropriate behavior towards women.

    I thought it was pretty hypocritical to include him in the evening and have him wear a #TimesUp pin. Some women tweeted about this. I’m trying to articulate this well but woke up angry after seeing the news with Sheedy and him this morning.

    What’s everyone’s thoughts on this?

    • Fayla Garcia

      Yes!! I couldn’t understand why he was invited! Wasn’t Anthony Anderson (Blackish) accused of sexual harassment, he was there as well.

    • Olivia AP

      Also, I don’t know if I’m being too intense.
      But I was watching the red carpet and apparently he organized a dinner for all male nominees after the women did the same thing. For me, it was like he didn’t get the message of why women were standing together. I don’t know, with all his past behavior it seemed douchy

    • I couldn’t help but think of that story about him contacting a teenage girl on Instagram. Does anyone else remember that?

    • He was included in the evening because he was nominated.
      I read bad things about him but I think the charges against him are a bit ridiculous. I mean, how can you accuse a man of being a harasser if you sign a contract that involve being naked for a film and then complain that you were not chosen for your acting skills?

  • Jennifer

    Tears of joy for queen Oprah! Also get James Franco da fuq outta this article! Thanks!

  • Fayla Garcia

    Definitely waiting on your opinion of the all-black outfits they wore in solidarity! And yes OPRAHHHH…my favorite speech of night, nothing but respect for my president Winfrey

  • me

    So, I read about Oprah’s speech early this morning & thought, How good could it have really been?

    Then I watched the clip. And the tears started to stream down my slobbery face.

    In this insanely outrageous & often hateful universe in which we’re living these days, we need much much more Oprah.

  • tiabarbara

    was anyone else wondering where Rose McGowan and Asia Argento were??? or how Justin Timberlake had the audacity to wear a #TIMESUP pin after very recently starring in a Woody Allen film? proud of the industry’s progress but still saddened by the distance they’ve yet to cover

  • OK I melted into a puddle of love when Nicole Kidman shouted out Keith Urban. SO. EFFIN. SWEET!

    • Fabiana Copelli

      Nicole: when my cheek is against yours everything else fades away and that’s love
      Me: *sobs into tea*

  • pamb

    The two empty chairs at Oprah’s table were Barbra Streisand’s and James Brolin’s. Gayle’s seat was to the side.

  • Fabiana Copelli

    also can we just take a minute to appreciate that Barbra Streisand called out the fact that she is the ONLY woman to have won a golden globe for best director?!?!

  • Oprah’s speech will remain in the history of acceptance speeches but Nicole Kidman’s was so beautiful. “The power of women”, I loved it!