The Golden Globes: A Glimpse into the Past and an Analysis of the Present


Though the 2019 Golden Globes saw greater efforts towards diversity and inclusion, there is still progress to be made. (COURTESY OF JOE SHLABOTNIK VIA FLICKR)


The first annual Golden Globes awards show was hosted in 1944. As with every awards show, it comes with its high and lows, best and worst dressed, winners and upsets. This year’s Globes, though it may have seemed more low-key than in the past, had many moments worth noting and scenarios that have evolved due to the efforts from the awards and speeches of Golden Globes past.

Along with showing continued support for causes that have affected the industry, this year’s Globes had the most diversity in its history. Top movies included “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” All of these phenomenal films include protagonists of color, something most awards shows have seldom seen in their histories.

Regina King’s words also stood out that night. She showed her support and made a call to action by making a promise to herself that all her future endeavors will include at least 50 percent women. Though she recognized the difficulty she may face in this pursuit, it is refreshing and hopeful to hear someone make a statement on stage committing themselves to take action.

Last year’s Golden Globes famously started off with many actors and actresses gracing the red carpet wearing black in support of the #TimesUp Movement. Though we more commonly see actors wearing black tuxes at almost every awards show, actresses such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Clarkson and Rachel Brosnahan sported black gowns in support of the serious issues that continue to affect the industry today.

This year, though we still saw a handful of guests wearing a #TimesUp pin, the red carpet was back to its usual display. Lady Gaga graced us with a Cinderella-inspired look from Valentino that left us feeling magical. A personal favorite of mine was Billy Porter, who brought his A-game wearing a Randi Rahm suit and cape with gorgeous applique that left us wanting more.

Natalie Portman made her mark at the 2018 Globes when presenting the award for Best Director. Before reciting the nominees, she first called out the fact that it was an “all-male” directoral group, which initiated some silence and contemplation from the crowd. Portman, however, ws not wrong in her statement, and, in 2019, the category for Best Director was still all-male.

Carol Burnett won the Carol Burnett Award. Though this award is not specific to comedy, Carol Burnett is one of the most influential women in comedy and television. Throughout her lengthy and iconic career, she has made strides that paved the way for women in entertainment, including many who were sitting in that same room the night of the Globes. Another woman who graced the stage with her trailblazing comedy was Rachel Brosnahan. With help from the brilliant writers of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Brosnahan brings to life her portrayal of Midge Maisel, a 1950s divorcee making strides in the New York City comedy scene, bringing to light her courage and perseverance needed for the cutthroat industry of Manhattan comedy.

Much has changed since the 2018 Golden Globes. Though there is still a lot of progress to be made in the entertainment industry, it is still positive to see initiative being taken and influential people standing up to take action and responsibility. It will be interesting to see what future award shows will have for audiences — I’m looking at you, Oscars.