It’s the start of the award season. This season can come in fashion, awards, and memorable moments.
For the Golden Globes, every actor came on stage full of heart, surprises, and a whole lot of drama before the red carpet. Jimmy Fallon (The host) with nominee Justin Timberlake reenacted the hit musical LA LA Land, Which was also nominated for three to five golden globes for best picture, best musical, and best actor and actress. It was a hilarious and entertaining skit.
Atlanta won for best T.V. show, and Danny Glover was touching with his inspiring speech about how far he had come. The best one was Tracee Ellis Ross’ Exuberant Acceptance Speech. She was very passionate and felt very rewarded to earn her Golden Globe. She is a first-time nominee for her role on ABC’s Black-ish. Her acceptance speech acknowledged Hollywood’s lack of diversity, while providing hope that things won’t always be horrible. “This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people,” she said, “whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. It is an honor … to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside where the industry usually looks.” It was very uplifting and inspiring.
When Despicable Me 3 cast, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, were introducing the nominee for best animated motion picture; the costars reminisced about the first animated movies they saw, which quickly took a solemn turn and dredged up awful childhood memories. They both had gone through emotional times and childhood cartoons were the only way they could remember important events in their lives.
Let’s not forget when Meryl Streep gave an incredible Trump-Burn speech, saying “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.” Streep’s speech was a fiery rebuke of a Trump presidency and an inspirational call to everyone in the audience. She also gave a tribute to her friend Carrie Fisher at the end, saying, “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me, ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art.’” Very inspiring and just very touching.
Lastly, the show ended with a brief but moving tribute to dear Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The short memorial featured old, touching home movies along with clips from some of Reynold’s and Fisher’s best-known work, including Singin’ In the Rain and Star Wars, respectively. The whole thing was soundtracked by the pair singing “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)” from a 2011 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. It was very emotional, but at least we all get to see them one last time.
The most awkward part of the golden globes was Jimmy Fallon’s hosting overall. It was very obvious he was completely nervous hosting a bigger crowd.
Even worse, the Golden Globes did not have a memorium like they did in previous years. The world lost Prince, Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, Alan Rickman, Alan Thicke, Patty Duke, Gwen Ifill, Doris Roberts, and Garry Shandling, among countless other hard working actors and actresses, yet there was not a moment during the awards to acknowledge the artists who passed away during one of the worst years for celebrity deaths ever. The “In Memoriam” tribute may be morbid, but it’s a nice way to recognize those titanic talents. It is shameful that it was missing this year, of all years.