And The World Keeps Spinning: The Post-Globes Report
Well, there you have it. The Golden Globes have come and gone and unless you are directly affiliated with one of these movies, life goes on as is. But the awards ceremony, the first to come after the watershed moment in Hollywood that resulted in the ousting of powerful abusers like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, was filled with amazing moments of strength including Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecille B. Demille award that will be cited for the rest of our life as a testament to the rising cultural shift that is thankfully happening in this country, to the shadiest of shades that Natalie Portman pulled as she announced the “male nominees” for Best Director. #PREACH
But it wasn’t a perfect night. When Kirk Douglas was wheeled on stage the world got whiplash from the speed of the eye rolls of irony as Douglas has been accused of rape, specifically of a 14 year old Natalie Wood. Pretty fucked up in a year where the rallying cry was “Times Up." To a MUCH lesser degree we were also crestfallen with how some of the awards shook out. Specifically it being a damn shame that Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out was overlooked for two (albeit remarkable) celebrity impersonations. Gary Oldman was recognized for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour and James Franco for playing Tommy Wisseau in The Disaster Artist, and the acting challenge of taking on two figures known for their large personalities is commendable. Though. like Daniel Day Lewis and Lincoln, it feels more as if the crafted gimmick is being rewarded than the actor. James Franco wasn’t the Best Actor of 2017, but he sure sounded a lot like that crazy guy, right?! And in this light, Daniel Kaluuya’s nuanced performance as Chris in Peele’s masterwork feels justifiably robbed by, once again, a sea of white faces. But of course, as horror fans, we kind of knew that this was all going to happen right? Rather than bemoaning it any longer, the last words on Get Out and The Golden Globes will be had by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel (Indecent, How I Learned To Drive):
MIC DROP, GUUUURL!
But of course there were high points in the ceremony proper and that one being the moving speech that Guillermo Del Toro gave while accepting his award for “Best Director” that warmed the heart of every Monster Kid in the world. And while of course we would have all loved to have seen Get Out and The Shape of Water come home with the top honors, seeing the ferociously strong female driven films Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is hopefully a sign for a better, more hopeful 2018.
Now it’s time to start canvassing for Get Out to win the Oscar and Twin Peaks: The Return to sweep the Emmy’s!
Below you will find the full acceptance speech for Best Director by Guillermo Del Toro!