Highlights of the 76th Golden Globes

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Highlights of the 76th Golden Globes

Maggee Chang, Staff Writer

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On January 6th, the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards captured the attention 18.6 million viewers. Actor and comedian Andy Samberg and actress Sandra Oh were this year’s hosts. Most notably, the ceremony hit headlines because of the #MeToo and/or Time’s Up Movement– nominees wore black to show solidarity. The event was heavy on the issues of politics, workplace harassment, etc. This year, celebrities wore black-and-white bracelets reading “#TimesUpx2.” Many women wore white. Compared to last year’s ceremony, many viewers and critics noted the shift in political commentary this year.

While many were expecting the highly-anticipated film “A Star is Born” to win many of its nominated categories, the film only won Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for their song, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson. In their speech, Mark Ronson credited Gaga for the achievement: “The genius comes from you.” Gaga said, “As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter.”

The Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” took the spotlight instead– “Bohemian Rhapsody” won Best Picture- Drama and Rami Malek won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. Once Malek accepted his award, he made his speech about diversity and the band’s role– “To Queen. To you, Brian May. To you, Roger Taylor. For ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music, in the world,  and in all of us. Thank you to Freddie Mercury, for giving me the joy of a lifetime.”

Golden Globes host Sandra Oh made history– she was the first Asian to host the ceremony and the first Asian to win Best Actress in a Television Series- Drama in thirty-nine years, her second Golden Globe. As a host, she admitted to her fears and anxieties of the responsibility of hosting: “In all honesty, I said ‘yes,’ to the fear of being on this stage  tonight, because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. […] Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.” She alluded to the progressive and rapid social reform existing in and out of Hollywood. In her winning speech, she ended her heartfelt speech by thanking her parents in the audience in Korean: “Mom, Dad, I love you.”

Diversity was spotlighted at the ceremony, many people of color won Golden Globes– Regina King won Best Supporting Actress- Drama for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and used her speech to highlight women’s rights. Mahershala Ali won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for “Green Book.” Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for his film, “Roma,” a homage to his life in Mexico during the 1970’s.

The ceremony is highly noted as a predictor for the winners of the upcoming 91st Academy Awards (most notably called the Oscars). While many films such as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Black Panther,” and among other works were nominated in several categories, these films left empty-handed. “Green Book” emerged with three Golden Globes. “Bohemian Rhapsody” won two Golden Globes.

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