75th Golden Globes celebrated Canadians, #MeToo movement

Jan 8, 2018 | Arts

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By: Sara Florez

The highly anticipated 75th Golden Globes were held Sunday night in Los Angeles and many Canadians in the TV and film industry went home as winners.

Montreal-born director Jean-Marc Vallée’s HBO series Big Little Lies dominated, winning four out of the six awards he was nominated for.

The first award for the show went to Nicole Kidman, winning best actress in a limited TV series.

In Kidman’s acceptance speech she thanked Vallée and David E. Kelley, the show’s creator.

Kelley went on to praise the Montreal native when accepting the award for the best limited TV series saying,”He directed every single episode. He took this material into his heart and more importantly, he delivered it from his heart, elevating every page, every performance.”

The show also won: best supporting actress in a series, miniseries, or motion picture for tv and best supporting actress.

Many viewers are buzzing about Canadian literary legend Margaret Atwood being praised by Elisabeth Moss, who won best actress in a television drama for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. The show is based on Atwood’s best-selling novel of the same name.


In Moss’s acceptance speech she said,”Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you, and after you, who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world.”

Even though the Golden Globes is a night dedicated to giving out awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press, much of the conversation was about the #MeToo campaign.

The #MeToo movement was a hot topic began in October when allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein were brought forward.

Many Hollywood actresses accuse Weinstein of decades of sexual assault and harassment. Women and men began using the hashtag to share their own experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

CBC Arts reporter and film critic, Eli Glasner credits how Atwood’s  The Handmaid’s Tale is relevant today.

“One of the things that was so interesting about last night is that it was a night where the conversation was very much about speaking out and fighting back against sexual harassment and more opportunities for women in the industry,” Glasner said.

Many actresses and actors dressed in black to the award show to protest the countless sexual harassments and assaults happening not only in Hollywood- but in almost every field.

Actresses such as America Ferrera, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep are just a few of the woman who recently launched the Time’s Up movement, in relation to the #MeToo movement.

Oprah Winfrey, who was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award gave an acceptance speech that highlighted the Time’s Up movement.

Glasner thinks Oprah’s speech was the most inspiring moment of the awards show.

“The idea of giving Oprah Winfrey the Cecil B. DeMille Award, I mean that was inspiring and that moment was, you could almost call it historic,” Glasner said.

“It was an amazing, passionate speech she made where she really kind of crystallized a lot of what’s being said right now, about how things are changing in the industry and what needs to happen next.”