The Golden Globes, 2018
While there were moments of pure gold at the Globes, there were also moments that were more… let’s say a darker bronze, for some viewers. We should talk through a few moments that many people online are deeming to be major “WHAT?????s” from Sunday’s ceremony. To make this article more interesting, I’m going to play Devil’s advocate a bit. 2018 just barely began. Does it always have to be so serious?
THE SHOCK: James Franco, Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical
Why is this such a shock? Why was Hugh Jackman’s face of pure bewilderment? Hugh, I know you sang AND kind of danced in The Greatest Showman, but James’ imitation of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist was impeccable. The movie was a totally genius idea that James directed himself. Sure, James Franco’s projects are known for being a bit odd, but it’s not like he’s not at all respected in the industry.
He’s had a long, successful career, constantly working AND self-creating much of that work. In my, what I think to be, incredibly tasteful opinion, James is a great actor, giving us a wide range of characters to choose from as proof. Creativity is always rewarded, and his troublemaker teen-actor days should be long forgotten. Also, he was very humbled by this win, giving major credit to the real Tommy, shouting out his fellow nominees, and brining his brother/co-producer up on stage.
THE SCANDAL: Sexual Harassment
This a good “NO.” The fight to end sexual harassment in Hollywood absolutely dominated the Globes. Women were wearing (incredibly expensive) black dresses to support the victims of these crimes, and others (even men) were wearing “TIME’S UP” pins over their (designer) suits. The movement had been brewing for weeks before the Globes, where Hollywood’s elite women were planning to launch it. I think that sometimes, actions mean more than words. Everyone wearing the same color gives us an upfront, statistical look at just how many people have been effected by OR are in support of the issue.
We all know political opinions and activist standpoints will never NOT be present at an award show in Hollywood. These opinions and standpoints are very important (I am ALL for equality myself), and it’s admirable when celebrities use their positions of power to speak out on them. However, since I am still exploring other angles, I will admit something right here, right now. I do miss the days when winners were able to just say their thank yous, shed a few tears, and exit the stage. Sue me. I’m a big believer that not shoving it all into people’s faces can make a bigger difference in the end.
THE SCRUTINY: Will men in Hollywood support their female peers?
Speaking of sexual harassment, it seems that people have re-watched the acceptance speeches and informed us all that none of the male winners said anything in regards to the movement or sexual abuse in Hollywood at all. I’m gonna take a risk here and say that maybe these dudes (like a few of the female winners who did not directly comment on the issue either) are just hoping to put this behind them. Obviously, the idea that it’s over and everything has changed is unrealistic. However, I can understand the desperate want for better times, in a better industry, where the winners can simply give an acceptance speech without feeling pressured to give their opinions. I can understand wanting a short-lived break by just focusing on the entertainment aspect of it all.
THE SWEEP: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Movie maniacs and industry insiders were confused by the fact that “Three Billboards” received the most prestigious awards of the night, including “Best Picture – Drama.” The movie is about a mother challenging the local authorities in order to solve her daughter’s murder. From a social justice perspective, the criticism stems from the mother’s ability to forgive a controversial cop that the film hints at wanting us to embrace. There might be something else here y’all. Maybe a message about forgiveness not being a weakness? Or, the ability for someone like this cop to experience true remorse and redemption?
Others couldn’t believe that “Three Billboards” won, but Get Out was shown no love at all, which is shocking considering it was maybe the most talked about film of the year. I’m thinking that Get Out was placed in the wrong category. It absolutely could be considered a drama/thriller instead of a comedy. I definitely did not laugh during the majority of the movie. Was I missing something? Maybe if it had been placed under drama, it would have taken home the award instead.