The 2018 Golden Globes telecast was eventful after a fall season filled with revelations about sexual harassment and assault committed by powerful media figures, so we asked our readers what the best moment of the night was, and their two top choices fit the evening’s feminist theme: Oprah Winfrey and Natalie Portman. Scroll down to see the complete poll results at the bottom of this post, and check out the complete list of Globe winners here.
Winfrey’s explosive speech was the best moment of the night according to 48% of our readers. Just like Meryl Streep when she brought the house down at the 2017 Globes ceremony, Winfrey was accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her lifetime achievements in film and television. She used the opportunity to echo the sentiments of the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements advocating for protections against workplace harassment and assault. She also paid tribute to her working-class mother and to Recy Taylor, a black woman whose 1944 rape at the hands of six white men was never prosecuted. Taylor died in December at age 97.
That powerful speech was a tough act to follow, but perhaps inspired by Winfrey’s boldness, Natalie Portman took the stage next to present the award for Best Film Director with Ron Howard. It clearly wasn’t lost on her that the feeling of solidarity with women that night didn’t always extend to the awards themselves, where all the nominated directors were men. “And here are the all male nominees,” Portman noted when introducing the category. Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) was snubbed, and so were Dee Rees (“Mudbound”) and Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) among other noteworthy achievements by female filmmakers in 2017. Portman’s reminder of that was the best moment of the night according to 22% of readers.
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