10 Fantastically Feminist Moments From The 2015 Golden Globes

by Marissa Dubecky

Like all awards shows, the Golden Globes can get a little slow—so we got together a list of our top moments for you (just in case you fell asleep with a glass of champagne on your lap and missed’em).

  1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off the Golden Globes for their third year in a row with gorgeous dresses and hilarious celebrity digs. The duo showed their feminist side in the show’s opening monologue, when they pointed out the absurdity of George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award in comparison to his wife Amal Alamuddin’s accomplishments. “Amal is a human-rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. panel investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
  2. Poehler and Fey fearlessly went on to joke about sexual allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, saying “In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.” Despite uncomfortable reactions from the audience (check out Jessica Chastain’s face), Fey and Poehler jumped into some Cosby impressions, unafraid to let the joke die (which, of course, just made it funnier/more horrifying.)

  3. Joanne Froggatt’s meaningful acceptance speech made us tear up: The actress wonBest Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries, or Movie for her role on Downton Abbey. Froggatt used her time to acknowledge appreciation of the letters she received in response to her character’s experience with sexual assault this season: “One woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she’d written—but she felt in some way she wanted to be heard. And I’d just like to say I heard you, and I hope by saying this so publicly, it means in some way you feel the world heard you.” Way to give rape survivors a voice, Froggatt. You have our hearts.

  4. We loved how Common’s acceptance of his and John Legend’s award for Best Original Song “Glory” poignantly touched upon today’s racially tumultuous news, emphasizing the importance of Selma’s message. “I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers killed in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity,” he said. Thank you Common for reminding us of art’s power while we tried not to get lost in the sparkles of Kate Beckinsale’s dress.

  5. Tears round two: Watching Gina Rodriguez accept her trophy for Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy reminded us of why we watch awards shows in the first place. We literally got to see this girl’s dreams come true as she made her way to stage. Her genuine shock was so endearing, and her pride in herself was so inspiring. She finished off her speech with this unforgettable line: “My father used to tell me to say every morning: ‘Today is gonna be a great day—I can and I will.’ Well, dad, today is a great day—I can and I did.” We’re welling up again just writing about it.

  6. Patricia Arquette’s gracious acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture hit us in all the right ways. We loved how her speech tied her personal experiences as a working mother to her role in Boyhood. “You placed in my hands the part of Olivia, an under-appreciated single mother. Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her.”

  7. Amy Adam’s sincere thanks to her fellow female artists as she accepted her award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical provided us with this gem of a quote: “It’s just so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice and I have a 4-and-a-half-year-old and I’m so grateful to have all the women in this room. You speak to her so loudly. She watches everything, and she sees everything and I’m just so, so grateful for all of you women in this room who have such a lovely, beautiful voice.”

  8.  Margaret Cho had us laughing hysterically with her stone faced impression of fictitious North Korean general Cho Yun Ja. Poking fun at the SONY leak scandal, Cho Yun Ja was the newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and demanded a photo with Meryl Streep. Poehler and Fey begged Streep, explaining that they had a lot of weird emails they needed kept secret. Later, Cho joined Poehler and Fey on stage to share her opinion of Orange Is the New Black, and her final march off stage slayed us.

  9. Between so many sentimental speeches, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin got us laughing again with their jab at the myth that women can’t be funny. As they presented the Best Actor in a Comedy Series award, the groundbreaking female comedians joked that they were glad to finally see men being acknowledged for their humor: “You know, it’s nice—it’s nice—that men, at last, are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy.” Tomlin added, “I know, I know. Finally, we can put at rest that negative stereotype that men just aren’t funny.”

  10. Jill Soloway’s incredible acceptance speech for Best TV Comedy or Musical Series speaks for itself. We love that this lady is getting the critical acclaim she deserves. 

Image via The New Yorker and TV Line


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