It’s Monday and I have so many things I want to write about but everything pales in comparison to last night’s Golden Globes. I’m not a movie buff and I’m really not that big into celebrities or stars (unless they’re Beyonce or, thanks for reminding me Golden Globes, Oprah), so I wasn’t even going to watch them until a friend of mine sent a text asking if she was the only one really curious to see who, if anyone, was not going to be wearing black. Somehow, I had forgotten and suddenly, I couldn’t wait.
My Golden Globes coverage started with E!’s red carpet. I knew I was in for an incredibly good night when Debra Messing slammed E! on E! even after they touted that they would be asking why people were wearing what they were wearing rather than who they were wearing. Messing wasn’t the only actor who called out the network for unequal pay, Laura Dern, SJP and Eva Longoria followed suit. It was great but it was still E! and eventually I got sick of their antics and turned to watch the red carpet on NBC.
Right after I joined the Today Show team on the red carpet, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake walked up to be interviewed by Carson Daly and Natalie Morales. They must have forgotten they were at the Golden Globes where Jessica Biel was nominated because they asked her one question and then proceeded to gush over JT’s upcoming Super Bowl show and album and new single. I mean, of course I get it, he’s JT. But he’s there to support his wife not talk about the fucking Super Bowl – an event for an organization who, by the way, has had a terrible time holding their players accountable for the very types of abuse and assault that triggered everyone to wear black last night. The stupidity of their gumption was not lost on me. And can we all just admit we’ve heard his new single before – it’s basically a simplified version of every track on FutureSex/LoveSounds. Maybe if it was some sort of mod-country track created with a banjo and a synthesizer in the middle of, like, an urban forest, I’d understand the insatiable desire to talk to him about his music on the red carpet of the Golden Globes where his wife – who happens to be standing next to him – is nominated, but that wasn’t the reality and he, like every good spouse, should have been able to enjoy (or detest) his role as supportive spouse freely.
ANYWAY. Let me get off my soapbox.
The show was incredible. Seth Meyers was hilarious – but I’ll admit I was pretty uncomfortable during his opening act. It felt like it should be too early but it was also so overdue that I was strangely conflicted. Most importantly, though, it was all true. He was just what the show needed. And so were the female winners. The Big Little Lies cast had several great moments and the best (possibly the easiest) platform from which to send the strongest message because of the content of the show itself. But every woman was brilliant and defiant and inspiring and strong, and the men that sat in that room and applauded loudly, laughed at the jokes and proudly wore their Times Up pins were also defiant and inspiring. And then there was Oprah.
Op-my-gah. What a moment. I cried at least three times and looked across the room in disbelief at Seth a handful of times only to whimper things like, ‘she’s amazing’ and ‘she’s incredible’ and ‘Oh. My. God. I fucking love her.’ And it wasn’t just her speech and her delivery that were amazing, it was the very obvious effect she had on – not just me in my living room – but the entire room full of the world’s most brilliant actors, screenwriters, musicians, directors, activists and producers. It’s impossible to believe anyone could have watched that moment and not have felt hope, have been moved – if even for a second – to do and be more. It’s impossible to believe anyone with a heart could have watched that and not wanted better for our kids, our families, our neighbors and our country – regardless of the disparities amongst us. Maybe it’s the Oprah effect but I woke up hopeful about the future, and it’s been a long time since that’s happened. I remember wanting to be Oprah as a young girl and it’s kind of amazing that 20+ years later I could wake up feeling that same feeling of possibility and inspiration. Gosh, she’s amazing.
After Oprah left the stage, Natalie Portman followed her up in probably the best way possible, with an honest observation of the all-male nominees in the Best Director category. As the audience reacted to the ‘dig’ I felt a wide smile spread across my face. There’s something extremely rewarding about watching a woman be bold when they’re expected to be courteous, when it’d be easier to just ‘play along’. Last night, I think we saw there are a lot of bold women amongst us ready to share their truths and no longer ‘play along’. There was something extremely gratifying about watching a group of beautiful women use their intelligence, their wits and their community to redefine power, what that looks like, what it means and how it’s wielded.
To quote Oprah, “She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. … So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.”