This article titled “Golden Globes 2018: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches – live!” was written by Benjamin Lee, Hannah Marriott, Scarlett Conlon and Jake Nevins, for theguardian.com on Monday 8th January 2018 08.32 Asia/Kolkata
He has a point:
WINNER: Aziz Ansari (Master of None) – actor in a TV series (musical or comedy)
“I genuinely didn’t think I would win as all of the websites thought I would lose” said Aziz Ansari while picking up an award for his much-deserving comedy.
There was a brief bleep too so cue Twitter speculating exactly what was said. Oh and just as I said it was a bad night for Netflix, well there you go.
WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – TV series (musical or comedy)
Another awards here for Amazon’s much-loved freshman series about a female standup, following on from star Brosnahan’s win earlier in the night.
It’s great news for Amazon who are in need of a breakout show, especially now that Transparent is stumbling. It’s also adding to a poor night for Netflix who are falling behind both Amazon and Hulu tonight.
Here’s a look at how the evening started, including a video of all of Meyers’ targets:
WINNER: Ewan McGregor (Fargo) – actor in a limited series or a TV movie
There was a lot of love for the most recent series of Fargo and McGregor’s dual performance is worthy of this despite the strong competition.
It’s also his first ever win, despite four nominations. There. Are. So. Many. Awards. Tonight.
WINNER: In the Fade – foreign language feature
Bit of a surprise here given that reviews have been patchy since it premiered in Cannes last year.
The Diane Kruger thriller, a co-production between Germany and France, has received nothing but praise for its star though who has so often been wasted in thankless parts. It’s an open race for this category at the Oscars this year.
And here’s a few tweets summing up the growing backlash to the film:
WINNER: Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) – screenplay
So that Rockwell win was a sign of things to come then.
Tonight suggests that this film might just be the dark horse of the season. For me, I‘d be disappointed if so as it’s a rather messy, broad and cartoonish comedy that tries and fails to say something about race in America. But at the moment it’s looking like it might just win best picture as well …
WINNER: Allison Janney (I, Tonya) – supporting actress in a motion picture
A slight surprise here. Many, including myself, thought that Laurie Metcalf’s nuanced performance in Lady Bird would win but instead a much broader comic turn from Janney in the Tonya Harding biopic has nabbed it instead.
She’s memorably monstrous in the film and hey, Tonya Harding is here! Janney is praising I, Tonya for being a vital film about class in America (a stretch) and a tribute to Harding, a woman who wasn’t accepted for who she was. Who would have thought the Tonya Harding story would include this strange new chapter huh?
WINNER: Coco – animated feature
Nothing was going to top this one in a particularly lean year for acclaimed cartoons. Christ, even The Boss Baby was nominated.
It’s one of Pixar’s best though so it deserves all of the awards it gets. A swift speech, dedicating it to the people of Mexico. It will take the automatic release of Toy Story 4 to stop this from winning the best animated feature Oscar.
WINNER: Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) – supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie
Another one for a show that was designed to win lots of Golden Globes. The starry HBO drama is cleaning up tonight and it’s nice to see Dern rewarded after a year that’s seen her do great things in this as well as Twin Peaks and The Last Jedi.
“Many of us were taught not to tattle,” she says. “It’s a culture of silencing that was normalized”. She goes on to deliver a nicely worded speech about the importance of speaking out against abuse.
Yet more awards shall follow for this one…
Also, this could have gone so wrong:
It’s not a gif but you can see what I mean here. Twitter is as fast as the Globes tonight:
WINNER: James Franco (The Disaster Artist) – actor in a motion picture (musical or comedy)
Franco is astonishing in The Disaster Artist but, personally Daniel Kaluuya’s performance in Get Out should have scooped this one.
He’s brought on brother Dave Franco as well as Wiseau which is a rare move. His speech is generous though, thanking those around him for helping him be a better director.
There’s a wonderful mouth agape reaction shot from Hugh Jackman though which needs to be turned into a gif pronto.
Also just a necessary reminder that Tommy Wiseau is an actual part of the awards season this year. Here he is tonight, enjoying every moment.
WINNER: This is Me (The Greatest Showman) – original song
The La La Land winners do it again. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul collect the award and thank audiences for going to see musicals on the big screen.
It’s been a surprise hit but looking forward to the Oscars, this is probably the only category it has much of a chance in. Reviews have been mixed. Personally, I’m irrationally annoyed that the song from Coco didn’t win but with time, I will get over it.
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water) – original score
A much-deserved win here and one that you’ll find hard to argue with if you’ve seen Guillermo del Toro’s beautiful fantasy romance.
“Your movie has inspired me so much because it’s made of your humanity and your passion” he said to del Toro.
He’s being played off by music and sadly it’s not his own.
WINNER: Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)- supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie
Repeating his Emmys success here is a deserved win for his role as an abusive husband in the hit HBO drama.
He’s paying tribute to the “extraordinarily talented group of women” who he worked with on the show. It’s another big win for the show and yes, another win for a freshman series. This night is going FAST.
Roseanne Barr was on stage to present an award ahead of the Roseanne reboot and it’s started off a discussion on Twitter that is likely to hot up closer to the premiere date. Some of her views are, ahem, problematic:
Also Sterling K Brown is the first black actor to win the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama. Oprah Winfrey will also be the first black woman to be given the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award tonight.
WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale – TV series (drama)
One of the biggest locks of the night but it’s hard to deny that it’s the show that’s had the biggest impact in the past year.
It’s also a big night for freshman shows, with this, Big Little Lies and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel winning big so far. A nice speech about the importance of people in the real world working hard to prevent a Handmaid’s Tale-esque future from becoming reality.
There feels like a bit of a change happening with both this and last year’s Emmys slowly saying goodbye to the shows that have dominated the awards circuit for years, allowing newbies to get a look in.
WINNER: Sterling K Brown (This is Us) – actor in a TV series (drama)
Gotta love the speed of the Globes! It’s all going at a lightning fast pace tonight unlike every Oscars ever.
Another expert speech-giver (who did the rounds last year with his performance in The People vs OJ Simpson), he’s picking up the award for a show that has a massive following here in the US.
He’s discussing the importance of playing a prominent black character on television and how it’s harder for people to dismiss those who look like him in the outside world.
Meher Tatna, HFPA president, has come on stage, introduced by Meyers as a president who “actually is a stable genius”.
She’s discussing their important mission to protect journalists in a time when they are coming under attack. There are two new grants, each worth a $1m each, to further this cause.
This business part of the show can often feel stiff and lifeless but this feels somewhat vital. “These stories are the best hope of reflecting the kind of world we want to live in” she tells those in the room.
Here’s a look back at our interview with Moss this summer:
WINNER: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) – actress in a TV series (drama)
No surprise here but it’s impossible to fault the choice as Moss was so captivating in the hit dystopian drama.
Moss is also a great speech-giver as we’ve seen on numerous occasions now. She brought words from Margaret Atwood to top off a standard thanks list. She has devoted the award to women who have pushed boundaries before and will continue to do so without needing to live in “the white space”. It’s powerful stuff and the show is likely to go on and win best drama series later tonight.
WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) – actress in a TV series (musical or comedy)
The dream sitcom hosting duo of Jennifer Aniston and Carol Burnett received a standing ovation before they anounced a genuine surprise winner here. There has been a lot of love for Amazon’s show about a standup comic but no one was expecting its star to win in the first season.
It’s a cracking speech as she urges people to invest in stories about complicated and bold women.
Oh and this is one of the first viral tweets of the night:
WINNER: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) – supporting actor in a motion picture
Hmmm. A surprise here, as many thought it was Willem Dafoe’s to lose. Rockwell is certainly a force in the small-town drama but it’s a problematic movie for a number of reasons.
He’s thanking director Martin McDonagh for “not being a dick” and he’s called Frances McDormand for being a badass. “This movie is about compassion and I think we need some of that these days” he says.
The film is up for a number of Globes tonight and this early win might suggest that it has a bit more heat than many thought. Could McDormand be a winner too?
WINNER: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) – actress in a limited series or TV movie
And we’re off and the first award is a predictable win but a much-deserved one. Kidman’s fourth win at the Globes for her poignant performances as an abused wife in the hit HBO drama.
She’s thanking the other women involved and the “power of women” in general. She is also dedicating the award to her mother who was in the women’s movement, and she’s talking about how her role in the show is about abuse, something we are all talking about right now.
Now he’s getting stars in the audience to make jokes that only they can make (a smart plan). Jessica Chastain first before Billy Eichner went in on Kevin Spacey and Hong Chau and Issa Rae made race jokes.
He’s riffing with Amy Poehler now which is kind of a reminder of just how great she is and how it’s going to be hard for him to top her hosting with Tina Fey.
“Said the peach in Call Me by Your Name, this scene is the pits” she went on to joke.
He’s giving some great airtime for the Time’s Up movement and referencing the all-black red carpet before mentioning the importance of the crew as well as the A-listers. “People in this room worked really hard to get here but it’s clearer than ever before that the women worked harder to get here” he finished.
After one of the most interesting red carpets in living memory, it’s time for the main event.
“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” Seth Meyers said in his intro. He joked that marijuana is now allowed and sexual harassment now isn’t. “It’s been years that a white man in Hollywood was this nervous,” he went on.
He commented on the controversial choice to hire a man to present the Globes before saying he’s not even the most powerful Seth in the room (cut to: Seth Rogen).
A slightly uncomfortable Weinstein/hotel joke, but moving swiftly on to Trump, and joking that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sounds like a name of a group that is designed to annoy Trump.
Moving on to Weinstein directly now. He’ll be the first person to be “booed” during the in memoriam section. On to Spacey! Meyers suggested that Plummer should replace him now that he’s been removed from House of Cards. Woody Allen, too! He referred to him as a disgusting sea monster!
Oh, and he’s urging Oprah to be president and Tom Hanks to be her second in command.
It’s going well! He’s going there and everywhere!
This is a fantastic choice of outfit from Viola Davis: John Singer Sargent’s Madame X by way of Studio 54. She can have the last word from us on fashion: “You’re born being worthy, and that’s a message a lot of women need to hear.” Bye.
Although it was reported in the press that rumours suggested she was considering not wearing black, Sarah Jessica Parker – a big supporter of the #TimesUpNow and #MeToo movements – did, of course, abide by the dress code of the night. She told her Instagram followers tonight: “Out the door and on my way. In support. In solidarity. It’s time to break the silence. Watch the @goldenglobes tonight to learn more about #WhyWeWearBlack”.
Diane Kruger, star of In the Fade, is one of the final arrivals on the red carpet in sweeping black with a tulle train. She can usually be relied on to wear Chanel for big events, but, as said, no mention of labels tonight.
Mariah Carey is the only person who can make me feel Christmassy, in January, when she’s wearing black. Love the mermaid hair and mermaid silhouette and the fact that, before this was taken, she joked that she was going to steal Sharon Stone’s diamonds. Pro.
Will it be a big night for sea creatures, journalists or soldiers? Peter Bradshaw has his thoughts here on which films, and performances, will win big later on:
Another navy attendee (alongside Saoirse Ronan). Sally Hawkins, star of The Shape of Water, has opted for a two-tone (and another off-the-shoulder) full gown.
Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan arrive together in black and navy respectively. Ronan, star of Gerwig’s hotly tipped Lady Bird, is up against Judi Dench, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Helen Mirren tonight.
Time’s Up advocate Tracee Ellis Ross, whose sitcom, Black-ish, is nominated for Best TV series Musical or Comedy, is wearing a black Marc Jacobs turban similar to that worn by Adwoa Aboah on the first cover of British Vogue under new editor Edward Enninful. So that’s a political hit and a fashion one, too.
Earlier this week, the president of the United States teased that the Globes would be followed by the dishonest and corrupt media awards which sounds like a legitimate, totally apolitical and entirely necessary thing. It also implies that he might actually watch tonight’s show.
On Friday, it was revealed that the White House requested two prints of Spielberg’s The Post to screen over the weekend. Given the film’s pro-media, anti-corrupt government plot and the fact that it stars the “over-rated” Meryl Streep, it probably won’t be one of his faves…
This neat black dress with pointed, embellished collar is such a great choice from Elisabeth Moss, who is nominated for The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s a big fan of Prada and Miu Miu, and I’d guess this was the latter.
Off-the-shoulder is a popular silhouette tonight – Streep, Williams and Stone have all opted for it. Here, Penelope Cruz (soon to be seen as fashion powerhouse Donatella Versace in American Crime Story) follows suit in the #TimesUpNow black dress code. Cruz’s stylist, Cristina Ehrlich, told Time this week: “The red carpet is watched globally and is therefore an incredible platform for and the perfect place for this sort of demonstration. Where in the past the red carpet has been about glitz and glamour, this year it isn’t about standing out, it’s about standing together and speaking out.”
At last year’s ceremony, Meryl Streep nabbed most of the headlines with her eloquent and damning speech about Trump and the importance of the press while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award. This year, the recipient is Oprah and it’ll be interesting to see how she chooses to spend her time onstage.
Chances are, if previous statements are to be believed, she won’t go down the same overtly political route but instead highlight the importance of strong women within the industry. Here’s a reminder of Streep’s fine words last year:
From pink rubber gloves on the cover of British Vogue to embroidered black at the Globes – Margot Robbie (who is nominated for her role as champion skater Tonya Harding in I Tonya) has rarely been off the radar this week. Might the sequin embroidery be a sophisticated ode to her on-screen namesake?
Do actors’ big money contracts with fashion houses give them the freedom – and income – to turn down daft roles in terrible superhero films or are they their own form of constraint? This was under discussion a lot in the run up to the Globes. Emma Stone is probably wearing Louis Vuitton here, for aforementioned contractual reasons, but her decision to come with activist Billie Jean King (who she plays in Battle of the Sexes, for which she is nominated tonight) is the message that’s really going to hit home tonight.
Given that a) Hollywood appears to finally be realizing its major inequality problem and b) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler remain the greatest awards show hosts of all time, ex-SNL-er and late-night host Seth Meyers seems like a disappointing choice of MC for tonight’s festivitities.
Given his experience, he’ll likely be a professional, gaffe-free host but he’s remained far behind his late-night colleagues in terms of Trump takedowns this year (Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee and John Oliver all easily outsmarting him).
He’s claimed that this year won’t be all about Trump and instead, he’ll be referencing the #MeToo movement, which is dicey territory for a male host but let’s wait and see. For now, here’s an ad!
Usually, at about this time during an awards season red carpet my in-box is flooded with ‘dressing release’ PR emails telling me who has provided the bag or the shoes or the earrings or the nail polish (well, sometimes) for each A-lister. So far tonight? Nothing. Interesting, isn’t it? That leaves me guessing at the designer of this dress, which could be Yves Saint Laurent, because feathers were very big for them for SS18.
Claire Foy is singing from the same sartorial book as Susan Sarandon tonight, wearing a black suit. Before the black dresscode was announced, the power suit was widely predicted to be the outfit of choice on the red carpet in 2018.
Will anything tonight top last year’s strange and hilarious Kristen Wiig/Steve Carell skit? Doubtful.
As was predicted to be the case, red-carpet attendees seem to be refraining from namechecking the designer of their outfit on their Instagram accounts, and have instead posted the #TimesUpNow message.
Susan Sarandon, who is nominated for her role in Feud: Bette and Joan, and activist Rosa Clemente have arrived together on the red carpet. Sarandon has long been a trailblazer when it comes to wearing power suits on the red carpet with tonight proving no exception.
Is it mean that the first thing that pops into my head when I see this picture is ‘Justin, it’s not about you?’ Anyway, Jessica Biel is nominated for her role in Sinner and wears a gown decorated with reams of black chiffon. Justin has gone the full black-shirt-black-bowtie-black-suit route, and is wearing a Time’s Up badge. It’s a good effort.
Red carpet interviews are fascinating this year unlike, well, every other year ever before. Natalie Portman has just been discussing the contributions that we have lost because of the women pushed out by the industry by predators like Harvey Weinstein. Meryl Streep has been talking about sexual abuse in the military. Reese Witherspoon just spoke about the birth of a movement shining light on both women and men victimized by those with more power.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens during tonight’s ceremony. The bar has certainly been raised.
I didn’t know that America Ferrera and Natalie Portman were friends. But they are. And here they are beaming and talking about female empowerment and looking a little bit Shakespeare’s Sister on the red carpet, and I think I have something in my eye.
Michelle Williams – who is nominated for best actress for her role in All The Money In The World – attends with activist Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equality and founder of the #metoo movement, both adhering to the black dress code and no mention of designers (Williams can usually be trusted to wear Louis Vuitton as one of its official ambassadors – hot topic right there).
Debra Messing, who has been a vocal advocate of the #metoo movement, has opted for the black dresscode in a sculpted two-piece. “I’m wearing black to thank and honour all the brave whistleblowers who came forward and shared their stories of harassment and assault and discrimination,” she told E! on the red carpet, before calling them out live on air – see our earlier post.
The designer of Christina Hendricks’ dress, Naeem Khan, attracted a soupçon of satire from The Guardian’s Marina Hyde in the run up to the globes when he said, of remaking this gown, which was originally gold, in black: “it has been redesigned in a way that is specific to her personality and the empowered message we’re sending for the evening.” So if you’ve been wondering what that looks like, here is it.
So as referenced earlier, Debra Messing wisely used her time on the red carpet to bring up the fact that E! has been called out for unequal pay.
The story behind it involves host Catt Sadler’s decision to leave the network after discovering that her male colleague was earning double her salary. Amy Schumer also criticized E! over the weekend.
Here’s some background.
The #TimesUpNow badge – or pin, as our American friends call them – will be a frequent sight tonight (also available to pre-order on the Time’s Up online store for $12) – modelled here by William H Macy.
Allison Williams – star of Get Out, which is nominated for Best Picture – was one of the first to arrive on the red carpet, wearing a black column gown with semi-circle orange detailing. She told W Magazine of the black dress code this week: “I think it’s going to feel powerful. And I can’t imagine a better time to stand in solidarity with with our fellow actors and actresses.” She was pictured on her Instagram account getting ready earlier today wearing the #TimesUpNow T-shirt (now available to pre-order here with all proceeds going to initiative’s legal defense fund).
This weekend has seen many actors share why they are wearing black and what it means to them. Here’s what Amy Schumer had to say on Instagram:
Meryl Streep, who is nominated for best actress for her role in The Post, wears a black gown with a cold shoulder neckline. Streep was at the centre of the backlash to the all-black red carpet – Rose McGowan criticised her very publicly for her involvement in such a “silent protest”. The Time’s Up initiative seems to have answered some of those criticisms. As part of that, she attends with activist Ai-jen Poo, who organizes immigrant worker women and is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
The decision to wear black on the red carpet won’t be the only noticeable difference at tonight’s ceremony. Stars, including Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson, will be accompanied by key activists from a range of fields, including the founder of the #MeToo movement and a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers.
Streep, nominated for her performance in The Post, is with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
“I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance and its something that leads to abuse,” she said to Ryan Seacrest. “It’s led to abuse in our own industry and its led to abuse across the domestic workers field of work, it’s in the military, it’s in congress, it’s everywhere and we want to fix that”
One conspicuous absentee on this year’s list of nominees is Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish who failed to receive a nod for her much-lauded turn in the raucous hit comedy. In fact, the film being entirely shut out feels like a misstep and, in a series of tweets last month, her co-star Jada Pinkett Smith called out the HFPA for being part of an antiquated system.
“Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board,” she wrote. “The fact that the brilliance of @TheBigSickMovie went unnoticed and the fact that one of the most prolific films of the year, @GetOutMovie, is considered a comedy… illuminates the depths of the sunken place… for real.”
Haddish will be presenting tonight though and anyone who watched her acceptance speech at this week’s New York film critics circle awards will testify that she should make for an entertaining inclusion.
So yeah this was a bit awkward:
Need a memory-refresher? Here’s a gander at the TV categories with expert knowledge on what will win and also what should win because hey, life isn’t fair:
Going for Gold
It might seem like just yesterday that Warren Beatty was struggling to understand the contents of an envelope but that was a damn year ago which means that awards season is here yet again to frustrate, thrill and distract us from the ever-burning world around us.
The Globes are often seen as the more fun cousin of the Oscars because alcohol is allowed during the ceremony and there are a lot fewer awards to be handed out, leading to a looser yet shorter feel. This year’s nominees also feel less stiff than usual. From the lurid antics of the Big Little Lies women to the savage social satire of Get Out; from the emo awakening of Lady Bird to the sea creature-romancing fantasy of The Shape of Water, it’s set to be an interesting ceremony.
It’s also the first major awards event since Hollywood has been turned over by a growing list of accusations against key figures in the industry. It’s already led to word of an all-black red carpet, and will undoubtedly have an effect on the speeches tonight. Last year saw Meryl Streep enrage the president, so let’s see what’s in store this time.
We’ll be here right until the bitter end with all of the fashion, faux pas, films and F-words, so stay here with us.
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