The 2017 Golden Globes Recap: The Best & Worst Moments
The Golden Globes is one of TV’s most anticipated award show preceding the Grammy’s. The 74th annual award show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon which added a spunkier twist to the show. Fallon opened the show with a timeless music performance. The show had a variety of moments where history was made from Donald Glover receiving a golden globe for his first TV production to Tracee Ellis Ross making history. There was undoubtedly some riveting moments, however, there were some moments that well, sucked. Here are some of the best, and some of the worst moments.
First-time nominee Tracee Ellis Ross won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Comedy for her role in ABC’s hit show Blackish. She is the first African-American woman in decades to do so. The last African-American woman to win in the category was Debbie Allen in 1983, for her role in “Fame”. As if that wasn’t enough Black Girl Magic, Tracee gave a heartwarming speech in which she dedicated to women of color. “This is for all of the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important.”
A very iconic moment for Hip-Hop happened on a predominately white awards show when Donald Glover accepted his award for best TV series. During his speech, he thanked the rap group Migos for guest starring on the show and also for their number one hit “Bad and Boujee”. Despite the weird looks he got from the crowd, we all know that his commentary was a way of applauding African-American’s in every way possible. Well done, Donald.
Meryl Streep utilized her platform perfectly last night as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award which is a lifetime achievement award granted to an outstanding performer. Instead of her talking about her successes, Streep used national air time to speak critically on the current presidential election. It was the most eloquent shade thrown in 2017 thus far. “There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. but it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth,” she said hoarsely. Her speech was followed by a series of disgraceful tweets by president-elect, Donald Trump.
The Golden Globes did a pretty good job honoring the successes of African-Americans in the entertainment industry. However, there were a few mistakes in particular that cannot be forgiven.
Throughout the night the two films “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” somehow got misconstrued. It’s one thing to confuse African-American actresses with another, but it’s an entire different thing to switch movie titles that involve African-American’s on live TV. Michael Keaton mistakenly combined Hidden Figures and Fences together and made a new movie that combined African-American women fighting for rights in NASA with the story of a black couple, which created Hidden Fences. Interesting...
What a strange coincidence, past President George W. Bush’s Daughter, Jenna Bush made the same exact mistake when she asked Rapper Pharrell how he felt about the movie “Hidden Fences.” Pharrell’s reaction was timeless. Unlike the hosts, he took to Twitter and coaxed Jenna Bush on her mistake by saying, “Everyone makes mistakes. Hidden Fences does sound like an intriguing movie.” It didn’t take long for the rest of the world to catch on to the mistake, especially Black Twitter. Tweets began to roll in immediately with the hashtag ‘Hidden Fences’. Some which were much funnier than Jimmy Fallon’s opening jokes. Even celebrities chimed in like Gabrielle Union who is known for voicing her opinion on social media. Take a look below:
We shall see how the rest of the year in the Entertainment industry plays out.
Article by Unique Ratcliff