Best Moment of Golden Globes?+comment
Last night’s Golden Globe Awards show was refreshingly female friendly. Yes, they give women awards every year, but this year, women were doing a lot more than just collecting a Best Actress statute in a pretty dress.
First, the awesome Tina Fey (who we have long professed our love) and Amy Poehler hosted the show. I think hosting awards shows seems like a fairly thankless job. But after a few years of Ricky Gervais (who seems to get more smarmy and more like his David Brent character), these two were a refreshing change. With silliness, some great one-liners and a general fun attitude the whole night, it was great to see these women do a much better job than men of the past. The best joke of the whole night was when Amy Poehler said in regards to the torture controversy surrounding Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thiry, “When it comes to torture, I trust the woman who was married for three years to James Cameron.”
Second, the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement went to Jodie Foster. Most of the time this award is given to anyone that could be cast in Cocoon 2.0 (old, white and male). So kudos on Jodie Foster, but it was her speech, which was rambling kind of odd, but ultimately honest, that I appreciated. While she skirted around officially coming out of the closet and made a pretty good plea for living a private life, she did thank her ex-partner and co-parent of her two boys, Cydney Bernard. Pretty cool.
And finally, Lena Dunham’s “Girls” won Best Comedy Series. Whether you agree with this or not or even like the show, even when women are acknowledged as funny actresses, they are rarely picking up the award for creating, writing and directing the show as well (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aside). So to have Lena Dunham, a young woman, front and center (and not looking like a stick that just got off the master cleanse!) was really refreshing.
While I know awards shows are self-congratulatory and have become more of a fashion runway show than anything else, I have a soft spot for them. Especially when so many television shows portray women in the worst light (The Bachelor, Real Housewives, most of TLC’s programming). So having smart, talented, interesting women showcased and honored really made me happy. (Although I may have vomited a little in my mouth when Anne Hathaway won for Best Supporting Actress.
So what was your best moment of last night’s Golden Globes?