The 2019 Golden Globes

By Josephine Nadolny, Staff Writer

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January 6th of 2019 marked the seventy-sixth annual Golden Globes.  In case you have been living under a rock, the Golden Globe awards are held to recognize excellence in film and television across the globe.  This year’s show featured a rather light and playful tone especially compared to that of last year’s.

Last year, the Golden Globes’ mood was rather serious and dark, and countless attendees were seen wearing black garments.  Their clothes symbolically protested the sexual harassment charges that surfaced in 2017 and provided sympathy for the victims within the entertainment community.  The political climate and shameful uncoverings of 2017 left a major impact on the entertainment industry, following into early 2018. The 2019 show, on the other hand, began the year on a rather respiteful note and featured a white tie dress code.

Hosted by actress Sandra Oh and comedian Andy Samberg, the Golden Globes featured multiple cliché one-liners and digs at the attendees; however, they were all in good fun.  There were twenty-five award winners from all walks of film and television. In the movie listings, Adam McKay’s Vice was featured in six categories, making it the most nominated film of the night, though Peter Farrelly’s Green Book still managed to collect the most awards by winning three of its five nominations.  In television, The Assassination of Giani Versace: American Crime Story led the category with a total of four nominations.  

Although this year’s Golden Globes ran rather smoothly, people still held a few qualms about the nominees and winners.  Multiple television series that were previously award-winning failed to be recognized, including This is Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Netflix’s Private Life.  Despite their positive reviews and global fanbases, these series, along with countless movies, were not included in the award show.  

Still, the entertainment industry has begun to recognize all walks of people, disregarding sexuality, gender, or race, and this year’s Golden Globes has been a great model for that goal.  As Sarah Oh said in her heartfelt speech, “I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. And I’m not fooling myself, I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different; it probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”  Now, we must let 2019 continue to be the year of change, differences, and, most importantly, acceptance.

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