Saturday, January 13, 2018

Golden Globes 2018

The 75th Golden Globes 2018 was staged by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Hollywood. The stage setting was appropriate, and the atmosphere is slightly less formal than the Oscars as the audience is sitting around dinner tables. The show itself is faster, shorter, and more direct, and many people find it much more enjoyable to watch. Seth Meyers was an excellent host: pleasant and competent.

I was delighted that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won four Awards: the Best Motion Picture (Drama); Frances McDormand won Best Actress; Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor; and Martin McDonagh won Best Screenplay. Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for his beautiful The Shape of Water. This film also won Best Original Score, by Alexandre Desplat. It was almost a foregone conclusion that Gary Oldman would win Best Actor for his magnificent performance as Sir Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour.

Lady Bird deservedly won the Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical). Saoirise Ronan won Best Actress in that category. Allison Janey won Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance as Tonya's mother in I, Tonya.

This year, most of the actresses chose to wear black, and this cast a slightly sombre ambience over the event. They were expressing solidarity with those women who have recently been protesting at having been sexually molested by marauding men in high places. Perhaps they could have done so by choosing another colour, say yellow, to celebrate the fact that times are changing and the subject is now out in the open and being dealt with? The black made me think of the devastation that must have been experienced by the men whose lives were ruined simply by accusations. No trials, no defence, no Statute of Limitations?

A lot has been left unsaid about the other side of the issue. Could women be encouraged to understand the sexual nature of men more? In other words, never be alone with a male? Perhaps be encouraged to take a self-defence course? Maybe taught how to say, "No"?

Meher Tatna
A few of the ladies did wear other colours. Meher Tatna, the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, wore a beautiful Indian dress. She had chosen it before the suggestion to wear black, and said that black to her was the colour of mourning. I thought she looked magnificent, and wished other women would follow her example and wear modest, dramatic outfits, such as this. She was elegant, not provocative. This is the choice all women have to make.

Bianco Blancot
On the other hand, what does this dress worn by Bianco Blancot say? "Come and get me, Baby!"? This serves to illustrate the fact that not all women dislike marauding men. Many women seem to enjoy flaunting their sexual attributes. It would appear that they haven't read the results of research done into the objectifying of women as sex objects. It's been found that men and women don't respect a woman wearing revealing clothing. This objectifying leads to violence against women, and the acceptance of the violence, as a result of the opinion that, "She was asking for it by the way she dressed." The majority of men and women prefer more modest dress. Perhaps young people need to be taught this: surely it would be better if everyone made their choices on how to dress based on factual research, rather than on advertising and the media.

Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. deMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. She gave a rousing speech that had the audience roaring its approval and showed her abilities as an outstanding orator. She epitomises the American Dream. Born vastly under-privileged, with everything against her, she demonstrates that hard work, determination, and sheer courage, are rewarded in the States. Her remarks that the time of marauding males is at an end because women have learned to speak up, was greeted with a standing ovation.

The 75th Golden Globes 2018 would have been an entertaining show in itself. I find it a little off-putting that some activists seem to think it's all right to hijack some else's Show to showcase their issues. I was not one of those cheering the agitators on. On the other hand, it did make me think!

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