The 2018 Golden Globes are behind us, but these were more impactful than most. These were the first major televised awards since a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations swept through the media last fall. Golden Globes host Seth Meyers didn’t shy away from the controversy. Neither did Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Oprah Winfrey. And neither did a number of stars who accepted awards during the telecast, most of who wore black in support of the “Time’s Up” movement advocating greater workplace protections for women. But what was the single best moment of the show? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to vote in our poll, and check out the complete list of winners here.
Seth Meyers took aim especially at disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, but he saved one of his sharpest comments for mogul Harvey Weinstein, whom Meyers said wouldn’t return to the Golden Globes until the day he becomes the first person ever booed during an “In Memoriam” segment. It was a savage take-down that elicited a shocked reaction from the crowd, though you might have been hard-pressed to find anyone in the room who disagreed with the sentiment.
Others used their speeches to deliver pointed commentary. Winfrey’s stirring DeMille acceptance speech included a remembrance of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was gang-raped by white men in 1944 but whose attackers were never even prosecuted; she just died at age 97 in December. And though that emotional moment was a tough act to follow, presenter Natalie Portman did just that by highlighting a bit of Golden Globe hypocrisy, noting that despite the night’s theme of solidarity with women, all of the Best Director nominees were men; Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Dee Rees (“Mudbound”), and Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) were among the noteworthy female filmmakers who were snubbed.
There were other powerful speeches by “Big Little Lies” stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern; their limited series dealt with abuse against women and girls. When she won Best TV Drama Actress “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss read the words of author Margaret Atwood, the author of the “Handmaid’s” novel that inspired Moss’s Hulu series about the oppression of women.
Other moments during the show were more playful and celebratory. James Franco accepted his Globe for “The Disaster Artist” by inviting to the stage the man he portrayed, eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. But when Wiseau approached the microphone Franco held him at bay, perhaps knowing that it would have gotten out of hand quickly. Among the strongest presenters were Jennifer Aniston and Carol Burnett; Aniston couldn’t resist tugging on her idol’s ear, which Burnett thought was “kinky.” And “Three Billboards” winner Frances McDormand gave a lively speech that kept the censors on their toes, to the point where they seemed to bleep harmless words while missing the one time she actually did swear.
Which of these moments was your favorite? Vote in our poll below, or if you preferred a moment not mentioned above, make sure to let us know in the comments.