The elegant star-studded evening was sprinkled with a mix of controversy, upsets, expectations, and inspiration.
[Of course we can’t forget Oprah Winfrey’s presidential speech at last year’s Golden Globes. This was a speech bursting with hope, promise, and influence]
This year there were three speeches that stood out to me, all by award-winning actresses. Each speech had a quote that was powerful, inspiring, and noteworthy.
“I am making a vow, and it’s going to be tough, to make sure that everything that I produce, that is 50% women.” – Regina King
With her impactful speech, Regina King projected her message beyond those in the entertainment industry, but also to those who are in any and all positions of power to act the same way.
Why is a 50/50 hiring rate going to be so tough? Women have a disadvantage of gaining an education or moving up in an industry for the sheer fact that many male figures come before them in preference, or that it is not “the norm” for a women to do work in a particular industry. Although this may be a set back for women, female representation has been on the rise over the last year and hopefully continues to excel through the upcoming years. 👩🏽🍳👷🏽♀️👩🏼⚕️👩🏿🎓👩🏻🏫👩🏽💻👩🏾✈️👩🏻🚀
[ King won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for If Beal Street Could Talk]
“We are women and nurturers, we have our children, and our husbands, if we are lucky enough, our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. And we have to say I have to do that. And I should be allowed to do that.” – Glenn Close
Preach it girl 🙌 Within her speech Glenn Close mentioned that she was thinking about her mother who spent years supplementing her father. Her mother expressed in her 80’s that “I feel I haven’t accomplished anything,” which did not sit well with Close. As women we may take on a number of roles but still finding the balance to keep yourself fulfilled is really key to a successful and happy life.
[Close won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Wife]
“I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. And I’m not fooling myself. I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real.” – Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh made history not once but twice that night. She was the first woman of Asian decent to host the Golden Globes, and the first to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series – Drama.
Oh was an eloquent host and did an exceptional job co-hosting with Andy Samberg. Her class shined through her most humorous punch lines, and her elegance as she graced the stage. But the moment that I felt really topped the night for her was during her ‘thank you’ speech she took a moment to thank her parents in Korean. That was a moment to cherish. ❤️
[Oh won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series – Drama for Killing Eve]
I hope you feel inspired by the quotes of these women! I’m sure there will be many more to come this awards season! ☺️