The 74th Golden Globes were held on January 8, 2016 and it was a night full of beautiful people, Jimmy Fallon jokes, and the honoring of true talent in Hollywood. Of course, with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump looming ahead, the night also had a political tone.
The night was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and some of the big winners of the night included Ryan Gosling for Best Actor in La La Land. In fact, La La Land won in every single category it was nominated in, receiving a total of 7 awards. This makes it the most winning film in Golden Globe history.
Some of the other winners included Emma Stone for best actress in La La Land. And, of course, Best Motion Picture went to La La Land. One of the main highlights of the night though, was when Viola Davis presented Meryl Streep with an award she highly deserved, the Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award.
Looking glamorous as usual, the actress humbly accepted her award and gave a powerful speech touching on current issues. She began her speech by saying: “Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it, Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.” With this opening statement, she set the political tone for the rest of her speech.
She continued her speech by pointing out how all of the actors being celebrated that night, come from all over the world and all had very different upbringings. The variety of people working within Hollywood is what makes it so beautiful. At a time where the President-elect uses a lot of divisive rhetoric, especially aimed at seemingly “different” people, Streep’s words reflected a powerful statement.
She continued: “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, so if you kick’em all out you will have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts which are not the arts.” This statement received a huge round of applause from the room.
Meryl then touched on the performance of the year, the one that President-elect Donald Trump put on during his election campaign. “This instinct to humiliate, when it is modeled by someone on the public platform by someone powerful it filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” Meryl continued to state that the press has an important job to do especially presently, to call out “outrage” and to keep powerful people accountable. The future looks wary right now, but there are good people in this world who are doing the right thing.