Awards season 2015 has officially been kicked off with a girl power BANG! The Golden Globes usually start the season off giving everyone an indication of what is to come with the Emmys and the Oscars, and it is also the first in a strong of award ceremonies celebrating the incredible achievements people have made in the film and TV industry.
This year was one for the history books, however, because despite the many inequalities and disparities women are still facing in the industry, this year’s acceptance speeches and winner proved loud and clear to all the executives watching that women’s stories and women’s talent matters!
The recent Sony leaks made a huge stir after it became apparent that male actors are still being paid more than some of their female co-stars, even thought some of those female stars are much bigger box office names than the men. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’, anyone?
Given this type of news, it is easy to see why women are stepping up to the plate, finding new inroads, and making a name for themselves despite the odds. It should also be noted that badass Charlize Theron demanded she get the same pay packet as co-star Chris Hemsworth on her upcoming film ‘The Huntsman’ which goes to prove equality is possible, but we have to keep demanding and fighting for it.
In lieu of this, let’s take a look at all the other amazing, badass, fighter women who have pushed through many boundaries and are paving new inroads for women in Hollywood.
When the Globes nominations were announced, one woman made history. Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to be nominated as Best Director for her mighty film ‘Selma’. While she may not have won, the visibility has become an important step for women and minorities in a category that has historically been dominated by men.
Actress Amy Adams won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for her role in ‘Big Eyes’ and in her acceptance speech made a point of acknowledging the importance of great female role models.
“I have so many wonderful female role models here tonight. It’s just so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice and I have a four-and-a-half year old and I’m so grateful to have all the women in this room. You speak to her so loudly,” she said.
“She watches everything, and she sees everything and I’m just so, so grateful for all of you women in this room who have such a lovely, beautiful voice.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal (who brought her brother Jake with her as a date) won Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for her role in ‘Honorable Woman’ and made some pretty awesome feminist statements in her speech, saying how turned on she is by strong females in film and TV because of the new wealth of wonderful roles for women being created.
“I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately and, when I look around the room at the women who are in here and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year, what I see, actually, are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not. And what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on,” she said.
Julianne Moore won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama in the movie ‘Still Alice’ and used her winners platform to mention the difficulties women still face in getting roles once they hit a certain age.
“When Lisa Genova wrote this book, she told me that no one wanted to make it into a movie because no one wanted to see a movie about a middle-aged woman,” she said. It certainly makes a better point than Russell Crowe’s recent comments about women needing to “act in age appropriate roles” saying they shouldn’t go after younger roles. The truth of the matter is that older actresses find it much harder to find content that does portray women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. So bravo to Julianne Moore for putting it so eloquently, yet proving that it is possible for women to break through.
Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a brief mention to this in their opening monolog of the night.
“Patricia Arquette is here. So wonderful, so, so wonderful in the film ‘Boyhood’. ‘Boyhood’ proves that there are still great roles for women over 40 as long as you get hired when you’re under 40,” said Amy, giving a subtle nod to the fact that this film was made over a period of 12 years!
Speaking of older actresses, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin presented the award for Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and used the opportunity to point out how unfair the media has treated female comedians in a subtle. way.
“You know, it’s nice — it’s nice — that men, at last, are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy,” Jane said.
“I know, I know. Finally, we can put at rest that negative stereotype that men just aren’t funny,” Lily replied.
Although female comedy properties such as ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Broad City’ and many others have been killing it in the ratings, ignorant articles that ask “Why Women Aren’t Funny” still appear from time to time.
Executive Producer and Writer Jill Soloway won a momentous award and her win was a turning point not just for women, but for different platforms in the industry. Her show ‘Transparent’ about a transgender older woman (played by the brilliant Jeffrey Tambor) won for Best TV series, Comedy or Musical. This is a show which was made for and shown exclusively on Amazon!
Take a look at her beautiful speech below where she celebrated the transgender community, and also dedicated the win to all the transgender people who have died for being bullied for who they are, including Leelah Alcorn. Take a look:
We can’t forget the rousing performances of hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey who certainly set the tone of the night and the girl power onslaught that was to come. And kudos to them, they were brilliant, funny, bold and not afraid to touch on subjects that were still a little raw. There was a subtle joke about Bill Cosby and his rape allegations, which may have left a bit of a sour taste in many people’s mouths, but thankfully there was a redemptive point for the issue of rape.
‘Downton Abbey’ actress Joanne Froggatt won for Best Supporting Actress in a TV after her character Anna was raped on the show. Here’s what she said during her speech:
“After this storyline aired I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she’d written, but she just felt in some way she wanted to be heard,” she said.
“And I’d just like to say ‘I heard you’ and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you”. Well said and some powerful words out of the mouth of a well-deserved, although unlikely, winner.
Back to hosts Tina and Amy, in their opening monolog they mention George Clooney who was to receive the Cecile. B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award, but also spoke about his brilliant International Human Rights lawyer wife Amal Alamuddin and how society often overlooks the achievements of women in favor of men.
“Amal is human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was appointed to a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip,” Tina said. “So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
But when it comes to achievement, our favorite moment of the night was actress Gina Rodriguez’ speech for her Best Actress in a TV Comedy win for her role in ‘Jane the Virgin. Her powerful words perfectly summed up the work of women and how important it is that they continue to break down barriers and stereotypes in the industry.
“This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to be seen as heroes,” she began.
“My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today’s going to be a great day, and I can, and I will,’” she said. “Well, daddy, today is a great day. I can, and I did.”
Her win also allowed the CW network to get it’s first major award! Backstage after her speech, Gina expanded on her thoughts to the press and why she hopes it will inspire so many others.
“First and foremost, the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed Latinos to see themselves in a beautiful light,” she said. “We are dealing with a society that is so diverse, so beautiful and so human. We need to remember that we have the same stories, and see it as such. When I was a little girl I dreamed of this moment and there’s no better way to tell others that they can win too by living your dreams.”
Overall the Golden Globes 2015 were a great reminder that we don’t need to dwell on the negativity that comes with inequality, but instead use it as a perfect platform for when you prove all the critics and naysayers wrong. It makes victory just that little bit sweeter when you can look adversity in the face and say “I can, and I did!”