Hi…long time no see. It’s been a minute since we last met, but that’s a story for another time.
My venture back into this long-abandoned blog is to discuss what was last night’s socially distanced, virtual gala of sorts that was the 78th annual Golden Globes, hosted bicoastally (sp?) by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. We’ve been here before with my post on 2018’s ceremony and 2019’s ceremony. I’m not sure why I skipped out on discussing 2020’s ceremony on here, but I now regret never diving in to what would be my last semblance of fun last year.
I don’t know where you’ve been this past year, but we’ve been in a pandemic and the last time I experienced any sort of happiness was last February at the Oscars. I skipped the Emmys and I’ve skipped all the MTV awards because I really did not need to see any sort of reminder of what we’ve been living the past year. I want to see celebrities dining together in one big theatre where they’re all touching elbows and sitting close enough together that they’re basically breathing on each other and sharing germs…all the great stuff that was the pre-COVID lifestyle.
I opted to watch the Golden Globes simply because it marks the first time my feral awards-loving beast can come out of hibernation and feed itself. I have many flaws, but my love for Hollywood might be my biggest one. I’m the first to call celebrity culture and hypocrisy out, but I’m also the first one to fawn over the glitz and glamour. I’m a contradiction…yes, we exist.
Last night’s Golden Globes was basically what I expected: a bunch of celebrities with shitty internet, bad social cues, and constant technical difficulties. I mean, I did love the fact that these rich folks can’t afford anything better than my AT&T slow ass internet, but it was so cringe to watch how Daniel Kaluuya was going on and on with this speech and not one of us could hear him. Then, it was even more cringe to watch these celebrities be in what I assume were breakout rooms when they were cutting to commercial. It was watching a live college class take place where they didn’t know whether to have an awkward conversation or stare into the camera.
Tina and Amy also had a few technical hiccups where it seemed like they didn’t know whether the other one was speaking or not, but for the first bicoastal hosting gig it wasn’t too bad.
However, a pro of this virtual gala was that the acceptance speeches were much shorter than what we’re traditionally used to. It was a breath of fresh air to hear them get straight to the point and the orchestra only played off a handful of winners.
Another reason my feral beast opted in for this ceremony was because of my love for Schitt’s Creek. That show was my savior this past year of quarantine and I was really rooting for all the actors and the show to take home all of their respective nominations, specifically Dan Levy and Annie Murphy for their portrayals of David and Alexis Rose. However, fate had other plans and the only actress off the show to take home a globe was the FABULOUS IT GIRL, Ms. Catherine O’Hara aka the ICONIC MOIRA ROSE. The show also took home the big category for them which was Best Television Series (Musical/Comedy) and I absolutely could not be happier!!! Best wishes and warmest regards to this beast of a cast and my little bebés.
Another highlight of the Golden Globes for me have always been the Cecil B. DeMille and Carol Burnett winners. I’ve raved about Oprah on here in a past post after winning the Cecil B. DeMille award, but I remember Meryl and Jodie Foster winning in the past, along with Jeff Bridges winning in 2019 and Tom Hanks winning last year. This year’s recipient was the ICON, the LEGEND, the QUEEN, Jane Fonda. I mean, she’s an actress and activist who was arrested THREE separate times in 2019 for putting herself on the front lines of protests against climate change, she’s spoken in support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and she’s constantly been a champion for inclusivity in Hollywood. She used her allotted time to speak as a way to highlight all the nominees that were snubbed this year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Most nominees, like Judas and the Black Messiah, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You were snubbed this year or given minimal nominations while the HFPA opted to center white nominees once again. She highlighted all the stories that inspired her this past year, a year that we were all inspired to make change, and she really turned the tables on production companies and stars themselves to look at the stories they’re telling and the people they’re inviting to sit at their tables. (A full transcript of her speech can be found here.)
The 3rd annual Carol Burnett recipient was Norman Lear who produced sitcoms like One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and All in the Family. My favorite part of his speech was this, “At close to 99, I can tell you I’ve never lived alone. I’ve never laughed alone. And that has as much to do with my being here today as anything else I know.” I’ve only ever watched his 2017 reboot of One Day at a Time on Netflix that he produced, but just from those stories that we saw on this modern-day sitcom, I can only imagine the types of taboo topics he would talk about on his sitcoms in the 70s where the world was so much different than today.
It’s moments like these lifetime achievement awards that make the Golden Globes worth watching for me. It’s moments like watching Chloé Zhao win for Best Director for her film Nomadland and be the first Asian woman to ever win, and the second woman to ever hold the title. It’s moments like Chadwick Boseman winning the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama posthumously and watching his wife accept the award for him and remind us all of why he was a favorite in all of our hearts. It’s the little moments that just make me want to never give up this love I have for the art of Hollywood, films, and television.
Here’s to next year, and while we don’t know what the rest of 2021 will promise for us or what 2022 will be, I hope the HFPA’s statement about inclusivity stands true and that their currently non-black association is filled with Black creators at the forefront of change in filmmaking and television because when the stories I love to watch are filled with people and situations that mirror my everyday life, that makes the stories that much more inspiring and relatable.
P.S.Slide through a few of my favorite looks of the night! (Riz Ahmed, Anya Taylor Joy, Lily Collins, Josh O’Connor, Leslie Odom Jr., Jane Levy, Kenan Thompson, Regina King, Amanda Seyfried, Angela Bassett, Kaley Cuoco, Laverne Cox, Dan Levy, Tiffany Haddish, & Viola Davis) Photos courtesy of Twitter.