Top Smackdowns at Golden Globes 2018
Image Source: esquire.com Golden Globes 2018 was a gathering of creative activists. It was also the traditional red carpet event that paid homage to the doyens of cinematography. For the first time in history, the whispers of abuse in the entertainment industry became shrill, loud and deafening. The inherent patriarchy of filmmaking was under the spotlight. At the 75th edition of the Golden Globes, it was given the proverbial middle finger! Celebrities, superstars and rising stars - all neatly turned out in funeral black - had the temerity to stand up in front of the dazzling audience and take swipe after swipe at the dark underbelly of Hollywood. Some were almost presidential in their delivery - think Obama and not Trump - while others were sharp, smart and subtle. Despite the gravity of the occasion, Seth Myers - the latest in a series of Golden Globes funny men - handled the situation with comedic aplomb! If you missed the relatively sombre but equally refreshing feed of the Golden Globes 2018, here are four smackdowns that set the scene for a technical knockout of the likes of Harvey Weinstein and co:
1. Natalie Portman’s Left Jab
The superbly talented and multi-award winning actress, Natalie Portman came out swinging. Her target? The fact that all the nominees for the Best Director award were men. She stood shoulder to shoulder with Ron Howard to effortlessly land a left jab. As she and Howard - the acclaimed filmmaker of ‘Apollo 13’, ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ - introduced the award, Portman calmly interjected with the first of four cool smackdowns by saying the ‘all-male nominees’ are....! How’s that for a not so subtle finger in the eye for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association!
2. Jessica Chastain’s Upper Cut
Jessica Chastain’s neat little uppercut at the 2018 Golden Globes affirmed her status as a strong-willed feminist. The celebrated star of ‘I am Jane Doe’, ‘Woman Walks Ahead’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ thrilled all working women out there when she alluded to the ever-widening and globally applied wage gap. Her knockout punch of the ugly beast of inequality went as follows: “I am so happy to announce the winner of this category will also receive the 23 percent of her salary that went missing in the wage gap.” Maybe it’s time we all moved to Sweden, one of the only countries in the world that advocates the same wages for men and women. Come on; what’s so difficult about paying equal wages for equal work?
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3. Oprah Winfrey’s Cross
Oprah Winfrey needs no introduction. The inimitable chat show host stole the show with a speech that was honest, hard-hitting and befitting of the prolonged standing ovation she received by the who’s who of Hollywood. Winfrey, who became the first black women to receive the Cecil B De Mille Lifetime Achievement award, honoured those brave enough to out the sexual harassment permeating the industry. Her powerful left cross left the beasts of abuse flailing against the ropes, while her inspirational call to action delivered after the smackdown has many Americans calling for her to stand for President. Who wouldn’t with the current incumbent making a mockery of the position?
4. Golden Globes’ Right Hook
Golden Globes 2018 will also be remembered for substituting Miss and Mr. Golden Globes with that of Golden Globes Ambassador, a PC title befitting a hopeful era of gender equality. Let’s raise a glass to the brave women in black who’ve made abuse and inequality dirty words!