It’s (already) award season again, which means two things: One, we have a lot of movies to catch up on, and two, another year flew by.
With each award show, Sunday’s Golden Globes included, comes a bevy of memorable jokes, outfits, and a fair share of WTF moments (did poor Jimmy Fallon pop an ambien after his opening number?). This time around, it was women who stole the show, bringing it with inspirational speeches and empowering attitudes.
Here were the most #Girlpower moments of the night:
1. Evan Rachel Wood in a suit
Evan Rachel Wood made headlines in 2016 while playing damsel-turned-hero Delores in HBO’s hit Sci-Fi Western “Westworld.” Much like her “Westworld” character, Wood traded in a dress for some good, old-fashioned (and impeccably tailored, we might add) menswear for the Golden Globes red carpet. For Wood, the decision to don a tux wasn’t meant to discourage dresses or traditionally feminine choices, but to remind women and girls that there is a choice.
“I’ve been to the Golden Globes six times, and I have worn a dress every time. I love dresses — I’m not trying to protest dresses — but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women knew that they aren’t a requirement, and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to,” she told reporters. “Just be yourself, because your worth is more than that.”
2. Tracee Ellis Ross’ inclusive speech
Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays smart and hilarious Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s “Black-ish,” is one of our favorite TV moms, which is why we couldn’t stop smiling right along with her as she took the stage to accept the award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She’s the first Black actress to win the award since Debbie Allen in 1983, and her speech called for a more diverse and inclusive Hollywood.
“This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people, whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. I want you to know that I see you. We see you,” she said in her speech. “It is an honor… to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside where the industry usually looks.”
To top it all off, Ross ended her speech with the politest, most cheerful middle-finger to ageism in Hollywood: “It’s nice at 44!” she exclaimed with a big smile. “I like it here!”
3. Ryan Gosling’s tear-jerker tribute to Eva Mendez
There’s something extra beautiful about a smart, talented person paying tribute to their equally smart, talented partner. Ryan Gosling accepted his award for his work in “La La Land” by stressing that none of it would be possible without Eva Mendez. He ended his speech by dedicating the award to the memory of Eva’s brother, Juan Carlos Mendez, who Eva supported through his battle with cancer while Gosling was shooting “La La Land.”
4. Viola Davis’ powerful praise of Meryl Streep
Do you know what’s the literal best? Women supporting and loving other women. You could definitely feel the love between Viola Davis and Meryl Streep (more on Streep in a second), when Davis introduced Streep as the winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Davis, who is no stranger to powerful, poetic award show speeches, lovingly hailed Streep as “an observer and a thief, who waits to share what she has stolen on that sacred place that is the screen.” That sentence alone is enough to make the writer in me shiver, but Davis wasn’t done. “You make me proud to be an artist,” Viola confesses to Streep, who has begun to cry from her seat in the audience. “You make me feel that what I have in me – my body, my face, my age – is enough.”
5. Meryl Streep’s call for empathy, tolerance, and art
Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech was perhaps the most talked about moment of the entire night. The actress had plenty of polarizing things to say, but it all came down to one simple idea: the need for tolerance. Actors have a responsibility to encourage love and empathy, not only amongst themselves, but to the millions of people watching them. She ended her speech by quoting the late Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart and make it into art,” and it’s a phrase that’s going to linger in our minds for a long, long time.