The 2018 Golden Globes was just another awards show…said absolutely no one. The annual celebration of film and television became something much bigger this year, thanks to the Time’s Up and #WearBlack movements. There was incredible solidarity and passion in a large number of stars in attendance and it gave the always fun show new energy and life.
This year was the 75th annual Golden Globes. It was broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and it was hosted by Seth Meyers. The comedian was in good form and brought some fire as he mocked Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and more.
Although the 2018 Globes was a rallying cry and a reckoning, it was also just an awards show and a good one at that. Of particular note, Sterling K. Brown took home Best Actor In Drama TV Series for his role on This is Us. He is the first African American to ever win in this category. In his speech, he talked about how he had benefited from colorblind casting in the past before thanking the show’s creator. Speaking to Dan Fogleman, Brown said: “You wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man, and so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and I’m being appreciated for who I am. That makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anyone who looks like me.”
The other big award and most-talked about speech of the evening bar-none was Oprah’s stirring and powerful speech in response to winning the Cecil B. DeMille award. The speech was so rousing and inspiring, it’s had many wondering whether she might actually run for President. It definitely had the masses tweeting with hope for an imagined Oprah presidency. Only a few hours after she gave the speech, the video had already surpassed one million views on Facebook. This is going to be one of the speeches a lot of people will go back to again and again for a very long time. She spoke with articulate passion about the power of representation and the power of storytelling.
Films that did well this year were Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In television, The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies cleaned up. There were no huge surprises or upsets this year, other than the not entirely unexpected disappointment of Daniel Kaluuya getting robbed. You can see the complete list of winners here.