Last year, I wrote about the the 75th annual Golden Globes and touched on the Time’s Up movement and Oprah Winfrey’s speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award.
Last Sunday’s Golden Globes had great moments, but one of the best had to be Sandra Oh’s win for Best Actress in a Television Drama. Looking out into the crowd of people, she addressed her parents in her native language and said, “I love you.” It was a defining moment of this year’s show and not the first time that night that Sandra Oh made me look at the screen with pride and joy.
In the opening monologue, Sandra Oh ended it with “I’m not fooling myself, next year could be different, it probably will be, but right now this moment is real. Because I see you, all of these faces of change, and now, so will everyone else.” It was a beautiful end to an opening monologue that paid tribute to last year’s films and television series that dedicated their screen time to diverse cast and crew.
Other great moments include the Carol Burnett tribute and Regina King’s speech after winning Best Supporting Actress. The first annual Carol Burnett award was given to the one and only Carol Burnett for her pioneering work and achievement in television. She talked about how what she did on her variety show could not be done today because networks aren’t willing to take chances like that anymore. Just like her, it saddens me that new generations will only witness her show through re-runs and YouTube as opposed to witnessing it live.
In Regina King’s speech after she won for her work in If Beale Street Could Talk, she made a promise to hire 50% of women in her future productions. Not only will this further diversify films and television, but it’s providing a platform for new and different stories to hit the small and big screens.
This year’s Golden Globes had nobody’s head on a stick (unfortunately), but it did leave me with a promising feeling of what’s to come with film and television. My hope is that we’ll have many more “firsts” to come. I know that awards don’t validate who we are, but it’s nice to see people who represent me succeed in predominantly white spaces.
I continue to root for Yalitza Aparicio, Roma, and other works that tell the untold stories of the past.
Is there anyone or anything that you’re rooting for? Did I miss a special moment from the ceremony that you appreciated? Let me know!
Thank you for taking the time to read!