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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