By Kashyah Williams
‘Tis the season for awards shows. On January 7, the 75th Golden Globes aired live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC. The Golden Globes honor achievement in both cinema and television. The ceremony was hosted by Seth Meyers and served as a major platform for the recent #TimesUp social movement. Actors arrived at the red carpet dressed in all black as a way of participating in what is known as a blackout. The Time’s Up movement has gained recognition due to the recent sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is a former film producer who has recently been accused of sexually harassing a slew of actresses in Hollywood. Actors have used their platform via social media to speak out against the sexual harassment against women.
The ceremony had a call-to-action overtone. Actors even wore pins that read “Time’s Up.” Perhaps one of the most memorable events of the night was Oprah Winfrey’s speech as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Winfrey’s speech was so insightful that people want her to run for the 2020 presidential election.
Some of the nominations include The Post for Best Motion Picture, Daniel Kaluuya for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or comedy, and Stranger Things for Best Television Series Drama. Some of the winners include Frances McDormand for Best Performance by an Actress, The Handmaid’s Tale for Best Television Series Drama, and Lady Bird for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy. See the complete list of nominees and winners here.
The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards aired live from the Shrine Auditorium on January 21 on TBS and TNT respectively. The Screen Actors Guild Awards honors actors and actresses in film and prime time television. The awards are given by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. For the first time this year, the ceremony had a host, Kristen Bell. The ceremony took on a similar tone to the Golden Globes. Although actors and actresses were not dressed in all black as they were just two weeks prior, the message remained the same—Time’s Up.
Several actors and actresses addressed the movement throughout the night. For starters, actress Rosanna Arquette expressed her gratitude for being a part of a supportive community that respects the outspoken voices who have come forth. Morgan Freeman was this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and acknowledged gender issues within the industry and even noted how the statue itself was male.
History was made when Sterling K. Brown became the first African-American to win a SAG award for Male Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on This Is Us. Brown took a different approach in regard to the Time’sUp Movement. He acknowledged the notion of privilege and minorities. “It’s always the responsibility of the minority to understand how to negotiate the majority’s world. Black people have to know how to live in a white world, gay people have to know how to live in a straight world, women have to know how to live in a man’s world,” he said. “But it’s nice when people at the top take a second to look at and consider what it’s like for the minority.”
If you are interested in highly acclaimed award shows, tune in to Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 on ABC at 8PM. See the complete list of nominations.