How Women Made Their Voices Heard at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards

Women were severely overlooked in almost all of the non-gendered categories at the recent Golden Globes, however, that didn’t mean that their voices were drowned out because they spoke up about important issues wherever they got the chance. From Michelle Willaims urging women to vote in their own self-interest to Natalie Portman’s mic-drop moment when she introduced “the all-male nominees”, it was interesting that no women were recognized as directors or in the screenplay categories despite Greta Gerwig’s Little women; she directed and wrote the screenplay.

Host Ricky Gervais mocked Hollywoof for its “gender diversity”

“In a way, it’s sort of vital for something like this to happen, because it reminds us of how far we still need to go,” said Saoirse Ronan. However, let’s not forget that women also created history; Awkwafina won ‘best actress’ for her role in The Farewell and became the first Asian woman to have won such an award, but the film’s writer and director Lulu Wang was snubbed. The host, Ricky Gervais also made strange comments about gender diversity in the industry, “I’ve had a word with the Hollywood Foreign Press, and they’ve guaranteed that it’ll never happen again. They’ve agreed to go back to the way things were a few years ago, when they didn’t even hire female directors, and that will solve the problem. You’re welcome.” He also urged stars to not make political comments because they were in no position to do so since they did not live in the real world. It was wonderful that people like Patricia Arquette did not listen and said in her speech, “… Young people risking their lives traveling across the world. People not knowing if bombs are going to drop on their kids’ heads and the continent of Australia on fire. So while I love my kids so much, I beg of us all to give them a better world.”

Women were completely shut out from the director category

Women like Ellen DeGeneres were also honored by Bombshell star Kate McKinnon who said of her, “She risked her entire life and her entire career in order to tell the truth, and she suffered greatly for it. Of course, attitudes change, but only because brave people like Ellen jump into the fire to make them change…” However, when it came to women actually winning awards, there was one category that severely showed that women weren’t being recognized, directors. Women were completely shut out from the director category which has resulted in some backlash from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. However, the BAFTA awards also followed suit when it unveiled its list of all-male list of film director nominees. Director’s Guild of America (DGA)President Thomas Schlamme said in a press release, “Inclusion has been a priority of our Guild for a very long time as we’ve pushed the studios, networks, and producers to do better in their hiring. While change had been glacial in past years, we’re pleased and incredibly encouraged to see the recent commitment undertaken by the industry.”

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