Like every year, the Golden Globes ceremony was an opportunity for some personalities to send a strong message. We take a look back at the most significant speeches of the evening.
What most differentiates the Golden Globes from that of the Oscars is certainly its more flexible protocol, as evidenced, for example, by the irreverent and very free opening of Ricky Gervais. It is therefore the ideal opportunity for the actors and actresses present on stage to indulge in committed speeches but always limited by time. New highlights have therefore come to punctuate this 77th Golden Globes ceremony. Feedback on the speeches that particularly marked the evening:
While receiving the award for best actress for the Fosse / Verdon series, actress Michelle Williams took advantage of the light to speak about a sensitive subject, that of abortion and the choice of women. Note that the star will soon appear in the film This Is Jane, directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), which will focus on the issue of abortion in the sixties.
“When we are given a Golden Globe, you recognize the choices we made as an actor but also the choices as a person. I am delighted with this recognition of the choices that have been made and I am delighted to live in an era where choice exists, where it is possible. As a woman, as a girl, things can happen to our bodies that are not within our control. I have always tried not to suffer events that happen to me and I recognize that I have been able to direct my own career but I would not have been able to do so without exercising this right of women to choose. Choose when I will have with my children and with whom. (…) My choices are not necessarily your choices, but whatever your God, we are fortunate to live in a country founded on the principle that as a woman, I have the right to live according to my faith and you can live by your faith. Ladies, when we are going to have to vote in 2020, we have to do it according to our interests because men, they have voted according to their interests for years. It is up to us to do the same. This is why the world is replacing them, but let’s not forget that we are the most important group of women voters in this world.“
She was terrifying as an unworthy mother in the miniseries The Act alongside Joey King. A performance honored during the ceremony with the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. After thanking the others named, her family and her team, Patricia Arquette delivered a political message, a few months before the next American presidential election.
“I’m grateful to be here to celebrate this work but you know it’s not an evening that students will remember in history textbooks. We will rather think of a country, the Nearly warring United States of America, to a president threatening to bomb 52 Iranian sites, including cultural sites, young people who risk their lives traveling the world, people who do not know if bombs are going fall on their children’s heads. And Australia, which is on fire. I love my children with all my being, and I implore you to make the world a better place for our children and their children. We have to go and vote in 2020 and we really have to pray to everyone we know to go and vote in 2020. Thank you.“
Presenting the Carol Burnett Prize, which was awarded to presenter and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, actress Kate McKinnon paid tribute to the one who, years earlier, paved the way for gay people in the American audiovisual landscape.
“In 1997, when Ellen’s sitecom was near all the top, I was lifting cast iron in front of the mirror, wondering if I was gay. I was. I still am. But at the time, it was a scary question. It was like taking a genetic test and finding out that you were an alien. The only thing that made me feel good was seeing Ellen on TV. She was risking her whole life and her career to tell the truth. Of course, attitudes have changed, but that’s thanks to people like her. If I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would never have thought I could do TV. I would have continued to think that I was an alien and that I had no choice but to be here. So thank you Ellen for giving me a chance, for giving me a good life.“
Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe
Following the many fires that have ravaged Australia, many actors and actresses have shared a message of support, starting with Cate Blanchett or Russell Crowe, both Australians. The Oscar-winning actress, present on stage to present an award, paid tribute “to the firefighters and volunteers who are at the heart of the fight against this natural disaster“Russell Crowe, absent from the ceremony because he was at the scene in his homeland, took advantage of his award for The Loudest Voice to convey a message conveyed by Jennifer Aniston:”Do not be mistaken. The tragedy in Australia is indeed linked to global warming.“
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Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette, Kate McKinnon …: the strong speeches of the Golden Globes 2020