Sunday 7th January was the day of possibly the most iconic Golden Globes ever. Every year I look forward to awards season, and especially the Globes, because they kick start these glitzy few months.
The Golden Globes are infamously known for being the fun awards. You can let your hair down at these awards, have a bit more of a laugh, and eat! They feed and water you well at these awards, apparently.
Now, I’m going to be writing these award season themed blog posts from the comfort of my couch, in Liverpool UK. Not, from a hotel room, hot of the red carpet in LA. So what’s the interest?
Well, growing up a film lover, the pinnacle of each year are the awards. The glitz, the glamour, the collection of the most esteemed films, completely drew me in.
A Global Message
This year the Globes shone a light on a very important movement. We all know Hollywood has been struck with horrendous discoveries of assault, harassment and manipulation recently. So when you get all of Hollywood together, we were bound to get insights in to real feelings and emotions of actresses that have been effected by the allegations.
Times Up is a movement that has been set up in 2018 and has blew up around the world. It was set up by 4 women from the casting agency CAA, based in LA. Soon it spread to include high powered female attorneys, that set up the defense fund.
It’s a response to an open letter written by the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance. They sent their support to the women of Hollywood who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men.
On research, the Hollywood based ladies knew they had the platform to support women in similar situations all over the world, that suffer harassment in the work place.
Hollywood Women Come Together
The original signatures on the movement consisted of 300 well known names from the film industry. One of which is Reese Witherspoon, she has been a spearhead of the movement and has used her social media outreach to spread the word.
This is where the idea behind wearing black to the Globes came from. The women wanted to send a message of solidarity to women all over the world. What better way than for on one of the biggest fashion nights of the year, does everyone wear black.
Along with this, eight actresses brought along very special dates. The idea came from Michelle Williams, to ask leaders of feminist movements, and female support organisations to accompany them to the awards.
Some of these women were Lauren Dern who was accompanied by Monica Ramirez from Farmworker Latina. Emma Watson brought along Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, a UK feminist organisation. Michelle Williams was alongside the remarkable Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit organisation, Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #MeToo movement.
When I started writing this blog post I actually just wanted to mention Oprah’s speech, how amazing it was, and end the blog there.
This speech was so moving and powerful, that it was without a doubt my favourite moment of the night. She begins with talking about how when she was a young girl, she remembers watching Sidney Poitier receive the best actor award at the 1964 at the Oscars.
She says how she was so inspired by that moment, as she had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. Oprah is now the first black woman to win the Cecil B DeMille award, and she was so right in saying she knows there are young girls with big aspirations watching that show at home.
The legendary lady herself dove right in to talking about the Times Up Movement, and how now is a time for change. Listening to her speech was iconic, I will never forget it. Her passion was infections, and I just kept thinking, wow imagine what it was like to be in that room.
So, now for the part we’ve all been waiting for, the winners. Among all the statements that were being made on the night, it was very easy to forget that everyone had actually turned up to celebrate film, and TV.
I had put together my guesses, as I do every year, and some of them were right, which I’m so pleased about.
Big Little Lies did really well on the night scooping 4 awards. It is a great TV show, you should definitely try watch it if you have Sky.
The film on everyone’s radar, and certainly on the minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press, was Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri. This scooped up awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Motion Picture.
Another film that received a lot of buzz was Lady Bird. Until awards season started, I hadn’t even heard of this movie, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for its release date. It picked up awards for Best Motion Picture for a Comedy/Musical, and Best Actress for a Comedy/Musical.
The Handmaiden’s Tale is one to watch also. It won Best Drama TV Series, and Best Actress in a Drama TV Series. I’ve done a bit of digging and I think it is available to watch on Channel 4, sadly not our beloved Netflix. But it will be one to catch up on.
One of the winners that I was really pleased about was Gary Oldman for the Darkest Hour. He won best actor, and it’s his first Golden Globe win. He is one of my favourite actors, and it’s about time he was given some recognition.
During award season I absolutely love seeing the gowns and suits that don the runway. The work from the designers is amazing, and shows off their best work. The custom made gowns are always my favourite, as I love seeing the collaborations between the designers and actresses. So I don’t waffle on much longer, I will just share images of those who stood out to me.
Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein. Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell. Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent. Margot Robbie in Gucci.
These ladies are killing it with their fashion choices. Millie Bobby Brown’s stylist has found the perfect outfit her, it suits her age and style. I love the detailing in Margot’s dress. The pop of colour in Zoe’s earrings, make her outfit stand out. Viola Davis always smashes it with her Red Carpet choices.
Jessica Chastain in Armani. Claire Foy in Stella McCartney. Alexis Bledel in Oscar de la Renta.
Jessica’s gown is true Hollywood glamour, I also love her hairstyle choice. Trouser suits were really popular on the red carpet. I’m a big fan of a jumpsuit anyway, and I love the detailing on Alexis’s suit. Claire Foy looks so fierce in her suit, plus she looks really comfy too.
Dave Franco in Saint Laurent. Caleb McLaughlin in Ports 1961. Justin Timberlake in Dior Homme. Sterling K Brown in ISAIA.
I think it’s harder for men to stand out on the red carpet, as more often than not, a suit is a suit. However, these fellas have really gone to town on their choices. I am loving Sterling’s velvet jacket, and Dave Franco’s embellished lapels. Both Caleb and Justin have gone quite traditional, but look super swarve in pairing their suits with black undershirts.
Albeit, this post is extremely late in going up on my site, I still wanted to get it out there. Thank you for sticking with me, and hopefully you’re still on the awards buzz like I am. Stay tuned to the film section of my blog for more posts about award nominated films. I have just joined Odeon Limitless, so the reviews will be flowing in.
Let me know what you thought of my coverage, and any other views you had of the night. Did you love certain outfits? What winners stood out to you?
*All images used from various sites – Vogue UK, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Just Jared – from google search. Cover image is my own.