The 2018 award season is a big job to tackle. And frankly, it’s probably a job no well-respected professional host would want to touch with a 10,000-foot pole.
With that said, we really feel for Seth Meyers and want to dole out the credit he deserves for hosting an inspiring Golden Globes ceremony. File Meyers under the winners category for his opening monologue alone. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey jokes knew no bounds, and even a crowd favorite, Billy Eichner, made a comedic appearance that didn’t exactly land, but we love him regardless.
Nicole Kidman won the first award of the night for her role as Celeste Wright in the captivating HBO series, Big Little Lies. With viewers’ tears flowing only a few minutes into the ceremony, Kidman’s eloquent speech was directed at the ongoing abuse highlighted throughout the evening. “This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe and I hope that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them.” An obvious winner through and through, Kidman is no stranger to the prize-winner’s circle.
The most obvious winner of the night was the queen herself, Oprah. (We don’t need to write in Winfrey, right?) The Morning Breath was originally skeptical of her receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, but we can admit when we are wrong, people!
“She’s totally an icon in her field; she’s a leader in the community, and I didn’t know how many movies she was in and produced,” admits Claudia.
Bringing people to their feet more than once during her nearly 10-minute acceptance speech, the talk show host, movie producer, Oscar-winning actress and Weight Watchers ambassador ended her address with a somber yet hopeful plea.
Winfrey said, “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.” Tears!
We also must recognize the shade thrown by the elegant Natalie Portman. When presenting the Best Director award alongside Ron Howard, the actress and mother of two abandoned the teleprompter and said, “Here are the all-male nominees.”
The Morning Breath recognizes that while the newly-formed “Time’s Up” movement is a necessary and crucial organization that should be celebrated, it’s important to note that this is only the beginning. “Everyone’s clapping like the war is over when the war has just begun,” says Claudia.
Hollywood, thank you for you service in representing the voiceless victims of sexual assault and gender discrimination in the workplace. Where you could do better, though, is eradicating the hypocrisy that is still very much alive in your industry. We assume that assailants are still not only attending award ceremonies but also receiving awards, directing and starring in movies, making money, and yet hurting innocent victims every day.
“Instead of saying it’s over, let’s start naming names,” says Jackie.
Ultimately, Hollywood did a magnificent job of promoting and honoring the worthy winners of the night, but Hollywood itself still needs to climb out of the loser category by obliterating the hypocrisy that painfully remains.