The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards took place last night honoring the best in TV and film. Hosted by late night show host Jimmy Fallon, the night started off with a technical difficulty (teleprompter was down), yet turned out to be not only a celebratory event, but an inspirational one, for all artists and people of color.
Tracee Ellis Ross took home the award for best actress in a TV comedy for her character Rainbow Johnson in ABC’s “Black Ish,” winning against “Crazy Ex Girlfriend”’s Rachel Bloom, “Veep”’s Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Sarah Jessica Parker from “Divorce” and “Insecure”’s own Issa Rae. Her victory made her the second African American woman to take home a Golden Globe for best actress in a television comedy since Debbie Allen‘s win over thirty years ago. In her acceptance speech, which was proof of her hard work and consistency over the years, she delivered a motivating message to people of color:
“This is for all of the women, women of color and colorful people whose stories, thoughts, ideas are not always considered worthy and valid and important, but I want you to know that I see you, we see you.”
FX series picked up a win for best television limited series or motion picture for “The People vs. OJ.” However, it was their win for the hit series “Atlanta” (best comedy series) that proved to be a more monumental moment. As peers stood and applauded, Donald Glover accepted the award, thanking the city of Atlanta for being an inspiration while throwing in an expected shout out to rap group Migos for their song “Bad and Boujee.” Glover later returned to the stage to accept his award for best actor in a television musical or comedy, this time delivering a speech about the origins of magic. “I grew up in a house where magic wasn’t allowed, so everyone in here is magical to me,” he said. “Every time I saw a movie or heard your voices or saw you, I was like ‘Oh, magic is from people.’ We’re the ones who in a weird way tell a story or lie to children so they do stuff we never thought was possible.”
Other highlights of the night included Moonlight’s win for best motion picture-drama. Viola Davis won an award for her supporting role in the Arthur Wilson inspired Fences, but while announcing the nominees, the movie Hidden Figures, which was represented by actress Octavia Spencer, was referred for the second time following an interview with Pharell Williams, as “Hidden Fences,” leaving Twitter in an uproar. Among the tweets was that of Gabrielle Union who, like other viewers, took offense to this.
Davis also graced the stage to deliver a heartfelt presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award to Meryl Streep. “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life,” Streep said, referring to president-elect Trump’s imitation of a disabled New York Times reporter last year. “This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”
President-elect Donald Trump didn’t take much time to respond with a few tweets calling her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
Congratulations to all of the winners. You can find a full list here.
Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil