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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

YGG, Golden Globes

You guys. 
Did you watch the Golden Globes on Sunday night? 
It was drizzling outside, but inside, the women of Hollywood were MAKING IT RAIN with feminism. 
From Tina's tux to Transparent's win, the 72nd Golden Globe awards were stuffed with girl power. And it was awesome. 

In their final turn at hosting (cue sobbing here) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler nailed it once again, and brought the heat, setting the tone for the entire evening. 

The duo (and funniest feminists on the block) used their opening monologue as a lady-power platform that couldn't have been better. 
In the first ten minutes they:
- Called out Bill Cosby, bringing rape culture to the front of the conversation, giving the clear
cut message that his behavior IS NOT OK
- Detailed Amal Alamuddin's accomplishments in their introduction for George Clooney creating a clever bit about Hollywood double standards 
- Commented on roles for women of a certain age in reference to Patricia Arquette in Boyhood: "It proves there are roles for women over forty... As long as you get hired when you're under forty." 
Readdressed double standards saying that it took Steve Carell less time in the makeup chair for Foxcatcher than a normal woman does for an awards show .
- Played "would you rather" about the male nominees turning objectification upside down.

All of that in a single opening monologue. 
It was everything good. - The complete and total antithesis to Seth MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" song at the Oscars that I've been trying to forget for 2 years. 
This article said it best when she said the reason Amy & Tina are so likable isn't because they are traditionally "feminine" or "dainty" - it's because they're SMART. 
Whether the queens of comedy provided the other women in the room with the moxy to follow suit (suit, get it?), or it would have happened any way - the evening bloomed into a full-blown feminist eruption. 

Basically every single female award winner of the evening commented on female empowerment. 

Gina Rodriguez' win for Jane The Virgin recognized her culture who "wants to be seen as heroes" (and has made me cry all three times I've watched it.)

Joanne Frogatt won best supporting actress for Downton Abbey and used her speech as a platform to elevate the voices of rape survivors. "I heard You." 

Maggie Gyllenhaal made me fall in love with her all over again when her speech commended the triumph of roles for "actual" and "complicated" women on screens large and small, saying it was "revolutionary and evolutionary." (She also wins cutest pixie cut and brother/sister team for the year) 

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, some of the OG hollywood feminists cleverly and succinctly addressed the haggard "women aren't funny" issue in their intro for actor in a comedy. 

Patricia Arquette heralded struggling single mothers. 

Sarah Treem who won for The Affair stated that women have been "waiting in the wings for a long time, and they’re ready to take center, storytelling stage."

Amy Adams thanked all the women in the room for their strong voices that inspire her young daughter by speaking to her so loudly. 

Julianne Moore spoke out about performances for and by middle aged women. 

And in an exciting final act, Transparent's wins promoted "teach[ing] the world about authenticity and love" 

And even when Jeremy Renner made the douchey unnecessary joke about Jennifer Lopez' breasts, Oprah was there to give him the "aw hell no" look. 

It was an awesome night for women all around, and all I can hope is that this is not a trend but a change. While Tina and Amy are moving on (I'm crying even harder now), they, and the other women in Hollywood who spoke out on that stage, have opened the door and set a new precedent for empowered women on screens of every kind. And it's the best. 

Oh. And Lupita Nyong'o wore glasses and was the most beautiful smart girl ever. 

YGG,GG. You go girl, Golden Globes. 

Unrelated: The Lego Movie was robbed. 

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