But less so for its recognition of the best in the business, and more so for the many, many shots that were fired with deathly precision at the injustices that still plague the industry (and let’s be real, all other industries too).
A number of Hollywood heavyweights used the event as an opportunity to express their views – sometimes subtly, but mostly rather brazenly – on the issues of sexual harassment, diversity, gender pay gap and inequality in the entertainment world.
And it made for many moments that had us shook. Here are a few of our favourites.
Natalie Portman’s searing one-liner
When presenting the award for Best Director, the actress didn’t miss the chance to call out the fact that not one woman’s name appeared on the list of nominees. ‘And here are the all-male nominees,’ she said, and dropped the proverbial mic.
Sterling K. Brown tells everyone he will not be dismissed
The This is Us star became the first black man to win a Golden Globe in the category of Best Actor in a Drama TV Series, and he made a point of addressing the very pertinent topic of representation in his acceptance speech. His role follows a story of a black man and that’s what he appreciates about it because for the first time as an actor — he is seen and is being appreciated for who he is, which makes it difficult for him and the people who look like him to be dismissed.
Debra Messing takes a shot at E! On E!
The Will & Grace actress got people talking when she chose to take a stab at E! for its history of gender pay discrimination during a live red carpet interview with the network itself. ‘We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay. I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,’ she told E!’s Giuliana Rancic, referencing former anchor Catt Sadler’s departure from the channel in December 2017 over a pay gap dispute. And this is how it’s done.
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