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Golden moments: The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards
January 11, 2018
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The Golden Globe Awards aren’t generally known for their seriousness, yet the Jan. 7 ceremony will go down in history as a powerful celebration of women.

Oprah Winfrey gave a movement-defining speech. Natalie Portman threw shade at the all-male directing nominees — while presenting that award — and then Geena Davis did the same for the actors. Barbra Streisand scoffed at the bleak fact that 34 years after her win, she remains the only female director to have won a Golden Globe. And nearly every soul wore black in support of Time’s Up and as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

For once, everyone was listening to what the women of Hollywood had to say at the Globes, which saw big wins for female-led projects like “Big Little Lies” and “Lady Bird.”

James Franco on track for an Oscar nomination

James Franco took what was arguably the worst performance in movie history and turned it into what was arguably his own greatest role, taking home a Golden Globe for “The Disaster Artist”. Franco played Tommy Wiseau, Hollywood cult hero of mysterious origins and the force behind the worst-best-film-ever “The Room,” in “The Disaster Artist.”

“First person I have to thank is the man himself, Tommy Wiseau, come on up here Tommy!” Franco shouted when he accepted the award.

Wiseau darted out of his chair, ran across the room, and leapt up to the stage with his long, dyed-black hair and sunglasses looking, as Franco’s friend and co-star Seth Rogen described him earlier in the show, “like a vampire went to a costume party dressed as Johnny Depp.”

Franco’s remarks were as much an acceptance speech for Wiseau as they were for Franco himself.

“Nineteen years ago, he was stuck in traffic and saw a sign for the golden globes,” said Franco, who then broke into Wiseau’s mystery accent as he did in the film. “Golden Globz, I don’t care, I’m not invited. Guy with long hair, accent. So I show them. I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie.”

Wiseau was among the most popular partners for celebrities posing for photos on the red carpet.

Franco, 39, a clear but not overwhelming favourite in the category, beat out fellow nominees Steve Carell for “Battle of the Sexes,” Ansel Elgort for “Baby Driver,” Hugh Jackman for “The Greatest Showman” and Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out.”

It was Franco’s first Golden Globe for a film role in his third nomination in the movie categories.

He won a Golden Globe in 2002 playing the title character in the biopic “James Dean.”

His one previous Oscar nomination came in 2011 for “127 Hours.”

Franco later shifted to earnest in his speech.

“This was billed as a movie about making the best worst movie ever made, but in fact it’s a movie about friendship, he said, thanking Rogen and his brother Dave, who co-starred as his best friend in the film.

“I used to want my own Coen brother, someone to collaborate with,” James Franco said, putting an arm around his brother. “I realised I had a Franco brother. Thanks to my mother for giving him to me.”

Best Actress awards

They are separated by almost 40 years, grew up on different continents, and lead films that couldn’t be more different, but the two best actress winners at the Golden Globes, Frances McDormand, 60, and Saoirse Ronan, 23, agreed that the night was something special— the awards themselves were just almost a side show.

McDormand, who won for portraying the vengeful and grieving mother of a daughter who was raped and murdered in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” said that while she keeps her politics private that, “It was really great to be in this room tonight and to be part of the tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure.”

“Trust me,” McDormand continued, “The women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”

She won her first individual Golden Globe ever in the best actress in a drama category over Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Meryl Streep (“The Post”) and Michelle Williams (“All the Money in the World”).

Backstage when a reporter asked McDormand if there was any danger of Hollywood returning to its old ways, McDormand said sternly, “What do you think?”

“No, there’s no going back,” she said eventually. “Go forward. In the best possible way.”

Saoirse Ronan “Lady Bird” star meanwhile, also picked up her first Golden Globe win for best actress in a musical or comedy.

“I wanted to say how inspirational it has been to be here tonight,” Ronan said in a short and sweet speech, where also said “hi” to her mother in Ireland, not on TV, but on FaceTime on a personal phone that someone in the audience held up to the podium. She hugged her movie mom, Laurie Metcalf, as she made her way to the stage.

Ronan plays the title character in the Greta Gerwig-written and directed coming-of-age film “Lady Bird,” about a teenage girl in her last year of high school in Sacramento in 2002. The film also won best musical or comedy.

“It’s an incredibly special thing to have a character like this exist now finally,” Ronan said backstage, alongside Gerwig.

Ronan, who had previously picked up nominations for “Brooklyn” and “Atonement,” was up against Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”), Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”) and Helen Mirren (“The Leisure Seeker”).

Associated Press

 

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