The Intersectional Best and Worst of the 2017 Golden Globes
It’s that time of the year again: the Golden Globe Awards. Didn’t have time or desire to spend the evening glued to your television? Don’t sweat it! Here’s our intersectional analysis of the best and worst moments of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
The show started off with a musical parody of La-La Land that was chock full of just about every pop culture reference you could think of from 2016.
Moonlight takes home Best Drama. The film explores Black masculinity and sexual fluidity, presenting a beautiful, nuanced look at the adolescence of an Afro-Latinx boy in Miami, Florida, during the War On Drugs.
Viola Davis wins Best Supporting Actress for Fences, August Wilson’s emotional vignette of a Black family in 1950s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also starring and directed by Denzel Washington. Jovan Adepo plays their son, who is wronged by his bitter father.
Atlanta takes home Best Series, Comedy, or Musical and Donald Glover receives Best Actor for the same. The dramedy follows the life of Earn, played by Glover, who drops out of Princeton University to pursue a hip-hop career and better his life and that of his young daughter.
Glover himself is also a hip-hop artist who received pushback when he decided to switch gears to pursue music earlier in his career.
Tracee Ellis Ross is finally recognized for Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Black-ish. FINALLY! The incredibly talented and effervescent actress brings to life the strength, love and neurosis of Dr. Rainbow “Bo” Johnson.
And then there was this moment. When Ryan Gosling took the stage to accept his award for Best Actor, Comedy (for La La Land), Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield shared a smooch:
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Casey Affleck was still nominated (and won) Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea — even with two separate lawsuits from two separate professional women who put their careers on the line to take him to task for alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. It’s good to know the Golden Globes are on the side of women everywhere.
Speaking of women, the famously out-of-touch Meryl Streep was honored for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Streep came through this evening, regardless of her previous ignorance, by calling out President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter last year.
Viola Davis’ introduction of Streep was so deeply loving and devoted:
“You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me, my body, my face, my age, is enough. You encapsulate that great Emile Zola quote, ‘That if you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I as an artist would say I came to live out loud.'”
After accepting the award, Streep discussed Trump — without saying his name.
“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Don’t get too excited, though. Streep is still “colorblind” and privileged enough to not understand why her “We’re all Africans” statement and the infamous “I’d Rather Be A Rebel Than A Slave” shirts were so deeply problematic. Still, watching the love and immense respect from Viola Davis is enough to make one wonder if there isn’t something there.