On a warm night with few surprises, Patricia Arquette and Michelle Williams once again shine in thanks.
The tension was in the air from the start. With the presentation of Ricky Gervais, the 77th Golden Globes Awards was a long party (3 hours long), some (few) surprises and a lot of frozen smiles on the faces of the stars.
“I’m going to do what I always do: say horrible things in people’s faces,” the presenter warned when he reached the red carpet. With the famous glass of beer in hand, Gervais kept his promise and was rude to everyone: the nominees, the awards, the studios… no one left, not even the dead. This year the traditional tribute to the deceased was suspended and Gervais wasted no time: “I didn’t have enough diversity and I had it canceled,” he said in a reference to criticism that no woman was nominated for Best Direction and had few black artists in the acting categories… He also did not spare the superhero movies. “Cinema today looks like a theme park,” he criticized with Martin Scorcese’s support in the front row.
The speeches, as expected, when they wanted to get into politics went straight to the burning issue in Australia. Russell Crowe, absent from the party, left a message read by a nervous Jenniffer Aniston. “Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is a consequence of climate change. We need to act on science, advance our workforces to recyclable energy and respect our planet for the unique and wonderful place it is. So we will all have a future, ”he wrote.
The party went on predictably, with Gervais nudging celebrity hypocrisy until comedian Kate McKinnon changed the key and gave an exciting introductory speech to Carol Burnett Award winner Ellen DeGeneres… “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was at the height of its success, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weight in front of the mirror asking me,” Am I gay? ” And I was, still am, ”she declared with tears in her eyes. “But it’s terrifying to suddenly find out about yourself. It’s like I’m 23 and discovering I have an alien DNA. And the only thing less terrifying was watching Ellen on TV. If I didn’t see her on TV I would have thought ‘I can never be on TV. They do not accept LGBTS people on TV ‘. Worse still, I would continue to think that I was an alien and that I might not have the right to be here. So thank you, Ellen, for giving me a chance at a good life, ”he said.
It was hard for Ellen, even with brilliant text, to get over this presentation. It failed or made any effort. “All I ever wanted to do was make people happy and laugh. Thanks to TV for making it, ”said Ellen.
Laura Dern, expected to take the stage by The Story of a Marriage, preferred to defend the new concepts of marriages, separations, and families. of what division is and how we must all come together to save something greater. Maybe the planet, inclusive, ”she said.
Already Phoebe Waller-Bridge preferred a lighter tone thanks to former President Barak Obama for mentioning Fleabag as one of his favorite series. “Anyone who knows me knows he’s always been on my list,” he joked.
The two other predicted winners, as well as Waller-Bridge, were Patricia Arquette and Michelle Williams, and just like the Emmys, they both chose to take the moment on stage to warn of important causes.
“I am grateful to be here and celebrate but I know that today, January 5, 2020, we will not look back on that date. In the history books, we will see a country on the brink of war. The United States of America, a President tweeting about the threat of 52 bombs including cultural sites. Young people risking their lives and traveling throughout the world. People not knowing if the bombs will fall on their children and the continent of Australia on fire, ”she said excitedly. “So as much as I love my children, I beg everyone to give them a better world. For our children and their children, we have to vote by 2020 and we have to, I beg and ask everyone we know to vote by 2020. ”
Williams followed in the same vein.
“I tried to do my best to live my life as I wanted and not as a series of events that happened to me. A life where I could look back and see my writing sometimes scribbled and sometimes accurate and careful. Written by me. And I couldn’t have this life without using a woman’s power of choice, ”she said. “Being able to choose to have my children and with whom. My choices may seem different from yours, but I thank God, or whoever you pray to, that we live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live according to my faith or that you are free to live. your. So women 18 or 118, when it’s time to vote do it with only you in mind. It’s what men have been doing for years and the reason the world is as they are, but don’t forget that we are the majority in the votes in this country.
Brad Pitt, the boy in the category of Best Supporting Actor at age 56, won – as expected – and made a few jokes of the night. “I wish my mom had come with me today, but every woman who shows up next to me says I’m dating so I thought it would be weird,” he laughed off the stage. It did not help the camera at all to subtly seek the reaction of Jenniffer Aniston, who was laughing at her ex-husband’s cutie.
Sam Mendes, who won as Director and Drama Movie ( 1917 ), was shy in his political mention of the dangers of war. Joaquin Phoenix, a Joker killer, tried to talk about the environment but it was inconclusive and the orchestra shut him up just as he criticized the celebrities present for flying private jets. Renée Zellwegger was greeted with a cold and cutting silence during her thanks and was also interrupted by the song just as she tried to honor Judy Garland, who won her Best Actress Drama.
By now Gervais scared the audience less, and when he returned to the last prize, presented by a stunning Sandra Bullock, no one was listening. When it was over, he told everyone to go away and rudely… well, we already know. I hope that by the Oscars some speeches have already been adjusted.