Awards shows have often been a stage for cultural unrest and controversy, and this year’s Golden Globes were no exception.
On January 7, Seth Meyers hosted the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. While there was the usual expectation in the room as the audience waited to hear the winners, there was also a very different kind of tension.
In recent months, a staggering number of sexual harassment allegations have come to light, bringing down several of Hollywood’s most powerful men. With the prevalence of discrimination and sexual harassment in the entertainment industry at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it wasn’t the most festive atmosphere for an awards show — especially one hosted by a straight white male.
Meyers, to his credit, didn’t shy away from the subject. He acknowledged that he was not a popular choice as a host, “considering what has been going on this year with powerful men and their terrible behavior in Hollywood,” and he followed up with pointed jabs at Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
He concluded the opening monologue by saying, “People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clearer now than ever before that the women had to work even harder. So thank you for all the amazing work that you’ve all done and you continue to do. I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next.”
With that, the awards were underway. The Handmaid’s Tale beat out The Crown and Game of Thrones for Best TV Drama. Guillermo del Toro won Best Director (an all-male category, as noted by presenter Natalie Portman) for The Shape of Water, which also earned an award for Alexandre Desplat in the Best Original Score category.
Coco took Best Animated Feature (executive producer John Lasseter was omitted from the acceptance speech, having recently announced a six-month sabbatical in response to accusations of “unwanted advances”).
Lady Bird took home the award for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy. The film’s star, Saoirse Ronan, won for Best Actress.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was a big winner, bringing in awards for Frances McDormand for Best Actress, Drama and Martin McDonagh for Best Screenplay. The film also won for Best Motion Picture, Drama.
The full list of nominees and winners is available on the Golden Globes website.