The Golden Globes kicked off awards season with a bang on Sunday evening. Hosted by duo Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, the 76th year of the awards paid tribute to the diversity that is finally being introduced into the TV and film industry. This year Sandra Oh was the first ever woman of Asian ethnicity to host the awards and said that ‘even just being up on stage showed how far the industry has come’. She also noted that the awards were a ‘Moment of Change’. The host had a great night as she also won ‘Best Actress in a Drama TV Show’. She made sure to thank her parents in Korean. Many other award winners such as Alfonso Cuarón, Darren Criss and Regina King also celebrated this year’s diversity in their acceptance speeches. King specifically spoke about equality, vowing to only produce films with 50% women in future.
The majority of this year’s nomination highlighted the increase of diversity – both in front of and behind the camera – with ethnically diverse casts and strong female leads. ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ broke records for the number of cast members from Asian decent – a nice change from non-Asian people playing Asian roles. This was noted by Oh when referring to the 2015 film ‘Aloha’ which starred Emma Stone who could be heard shouting ‘I’m sorry!’ from the audience during the show. Alfonso Caurón won ‘Best Director’ for his film ‘Roma’ about a family in Mexico City during the 70s. He reportedly had to ‘dig deep into his Mexican background’ when writing the film showing that his ethnicity played a huge role in the success of the film – which also won ‘Best Motion Picture’.
It seems that awards shows are becoming so much more than a celebration of the best of the best and are turning into a platform for social and political change. With #METOO and #TIMESUP in recent years, and the diversity shown on Sunday evening, what do the 77th Golden Globes hold?
If you haven’t heard about it yet, Lady Gaga quite literally took over the red carpet in her Valentino couture gown with a train so long it required 3 assistants to help arrange it for the carpet. The fashion queen also wore a $5 million in a Tiffany diamonds and even matched her hair to her periwinkle dress to complete the look. In true Ally style – she stole the show.
Gemma Chan also took the red carpet in a Valentino gown with a high neck, open front and bouffant train. With her hair in a simple low up-do, a subtle make-up look and a classic red lip – Chan was the epitome of elegance at the awards.
‘Best Actress in TV Drama’ winner Sandra Oh, was picked to co-host the 76th Golden Globes with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg after their performance presenting the 2018 Emmy’s. Throughout the night Oh had two outfit changes, but she kicked off the night in a white custom Versace gown. Her ‘Killing Eve’ co-star Jodie Comer sported a black ruffled Ralph & Russo dress and looked far from ‘villanelle’ with a huge smile on her face.
Arguably one of the most gorgeous men alive, Bradley Cooper proudly walked the red carpet after being nominated for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Motion Picture’. In complete contrast to his ‘A Star Is Born’ character, Cooper looked well put together in a classic white tux by Gucci complemented by girlfriend Irina Shayk on his arm in a sexy Versace gown with thigh-high slit.
The ‘Call me by your name’ star Timothee Chalamet rocked a Louis Vuitton black shirt and trousers with a beaded harness by Virgil Abloh and wore Cartier jewellery. Looks like we have a new James Bond on the horizon.
Who do you think was the best dressed at Golden Globes this year?
Text: Sylvie Marilyn Keen
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