Miss the Golden Globes? Me, too, and on purpose. Like the Oscars and the Emmys, this award show is just a bunch of Hollywood light brains clapping their love for themselves.
And for Oprah. Apparently she’s our next president. NBC tweeted that she was “our future president” and a bunch of other outlets did, too. Ego is not a problem for her and I’m sure she sees herself as No. 46. Time to dig out the old Kitty Kelly book on her.
Fortunately, not all were enamored of last night’s show. Maureen Callahan of the New York Post had the best observations. Worth a read:
And the award for ultimate hypocrisy goes to . . . the Hollywood class of 2018.
This year’s Golden Globes were meant to be a defiant, vibrant celebration of a post-Weinstein industry, an awards ceremony about so much more than meaningless awards. We were promised a reckoning, the leveling of a male-dominated industry that institutionalized the rape, abuse and harassment of women for decades.
Like so much Hollywood product, advance buzz was greatly exaggerated. Not one actor or actress, on the red carpet or on stage, made direct reference to their industry’s greatest monster — the one they boast of slaying yet still want to appease.
Host Seth Meyers, in his opening monologue, was the only person in the room to mention him by name.
“Harvey Weinstein can’t be here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” Meyers said. “But don’t worry — he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”
And how did these brave, crusading, black-garbed, pin-wearing celebrities respond? They booed.
Same when Meyers made a crack about the disgraced Kevin Spacey fumbling a Southern accent. “Oh, is that too mean?” Meyers asked incredulously. “To Kevin Spacey?”
Even a tame Woody Allen joke fell flat. It seems there’s no sexual predator who still doesn’t get Hollywood’s sympathy.
Yet many of the night’s honorees spoke like leaders of a revolution.
“May we teach our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star,” said Laura Dern. She, like several other stars, brought along other female activists, apparently to remind us that Hollywood’s not the only cesspool.
Dern brought Monica Ramirez, of the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance, and reminded us that Ramirez’s group would be feeding the Globes attendees. (Not literally, but still.)
Emma Stone brought Billie Jean King — which made sense, as Stone played the tennis legend in “Battle of the Sexes” — yet NBC misspelled King’s first name while referring to her as the “O.G.” of gender equality.
Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, and Williams gave nearly identical speeches to E! and NBC. “I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world,” she said. “And I think because of the work that I’m learning how to do we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world. So I am like moved beyond measure to be standing next to this woman. I have like, tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.”
Then she made prayer hands.
Why no questions about Spacey, who costarred with Williams in “All the Money in the World” until he was accused of assaulting a teenage boy and was excised from the film? Does Williams have any thoughts on her director Ridley Scott’s recent statement that he never thought twice about hiring Spacey, even though he heard rumors? Or that it wasn’t his decision, but the studio’s, to replace him with Christopher Plummer? How about Scott’s assertion that Harvey Weinstein may mount a comeback, and that perhaps we should forgive?
Not relevant, apparently. Or maybe it would make Williams — God forbid — uncomfortable.
How about Meryl Streep showing up with Ai-Jen Poo, the little-known director of the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance? Streep has vocally denied knowing anything about Weinstein — who she famously called “God” at the 2012 Globes — but instead preferred to talk in vague platitudes.
“I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance . . . and it’s led to abuse . . . and we want to fix that,” she told Ryan Seacrest.
What a profile in courage.
Meanwhile, not one presenting or accepting actress mentioned Rose McGowan, who kickstarted this entire movement and who says she was raped by Harvey Weinstein. Sitting together up front were Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek, who both went public with the abuse and torment Weinstein visited upon them; in the New York Times, Hayek wrote that Weinstein threatened to have her killed.
These women are heroes. Not one of their colleagues called them out, thanked them, or acknowledged their bravery.
In perhaps the night’s most twisted hosanna, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas was honored with a standing ovation and special award. It didn’t take long for Twitter to light up over Douglas’s long-rumored rape of Natalie Wood when she was just 16.
If the average viewer at home knows about this, how could a room of insiders not? Just what are they trying to say?
Towards the end of the night, supporting actress winner Allison Janney — who won for playing Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya” — thanked the actual Harding, an invited guest, for “sharing her story . . . a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media.”
Harding, of course, was a real-life perpetrator of female-on-female crime, having her Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan kneecapped — and though the movie exonerates her, Harding has admitted to at least having knowledge of a plot. Kerrigan later said the FBI told her they believed Harding was the mastermind and showed her transcripts detailing a plot to have her killed.
“That was one of the options,” Kerrigan said. “To kill me over a sporting event. That’s crazy.”
But in Hollywood’s version, Tonya’s a feminist hero. What a metaphor.