Girl power at the Golden Globes

Jessica Gane

presenters globes 1 300x225 Girl power at the Golden GlobesThe Golden Globes this year were considered a success by many. This year, from the start, women were seen as a driving power behind it. The two hosts were powerful women from American comedy – the hilarious Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Furthermore, Jodie Foster was nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award, and the most talked about awards were the women powered roles – from Lena Dunham’s Girls to Anne Hathaway whose win seems uncontested through the season so far.

Fey and Poehler offered light and comedic relief to a night that is often considered long and tedious to those watching from home. Tina Fey is the woman behind TV show 30 Rock, and film Mean Girls. 30 Rock was a hilarious take on the world that Fey knew so well- based loosely on her experience in making Saturday Night Live. Fey shows the lack of women involved in writing comedy in her time, which started in 1997. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler played alongside Fey on Saturday Night Live and is now starring in Parks and Recreation. The real life friends jumped into it from the start when they introduced the “Golden Globes drinking game”, one of the rules being ‘anytime someone cries take a drink’ or ‘anytime someone thanks Harvey Weinstein eat a meatball sub’.

Both managed to make the audience laugh about the industry without making fun of the films or TV. Poehler poked fun at Kathryn Bigelow not for her controversial depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty but for her marriage to James Cameron, director of Titanic and Avatar, saying “When it comes to torture I trust the woman who was married to James Cameron for three years”. She also honoured the growing power of women throughout America as after former President Bill Clinton came on stage to present Lincoln she exclaimed “What an exciting special guest – that was Hilary Clinton’s husband”. This presentation follows English comedian Ricky Gervais controversial show last year when he made a lot of jokes that demeaned the films he was presenting; “Seems like everything this year was 3-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist.” Therefore, the success of Poehler and Fey’s jokes this year showed Hollywood the power of comedy without criticising fellow’s films.

Twitter is all a flutter with praise from others about their appearance and how they presented Ellen DeGeneres tweeting “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hilarious. I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this sooner. #GoldenGlobes”.

Another female force that has been talked about since last night’s award ceremony is Jodie Foster, who is known for her childhood roles in films like Bugsy Malone was honoured last night with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. In her acceptance speech she claimed “I already did my coming out about 1000 years ago – in the stone age.” Her full speech is being praised for being emotional, Foster’s ability to come out openly on stage at the Golden Globes shows the changing faces of Hollywood. However, her speech was criticised as it did not explicitly talk about being gay.

Further women were praised. Jennifer Lawrence showed her surprise at winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical through saying “I beat Meryl” referring to the legendary Meryl Streep. Moreover Lena Dunham won for her role in TV show Girls. She is taking the world by storm through the gritty, down to earth show that does not attempt to glamourize life as a young girl in her 20’s in New York.

Not only was the strength of the actresses in Hollywood shown at the Golden Globes last night but in other areas of film females seemed to prevail. The strength of the female protagonist was shown in Best Animated Feature, where Brave took the award. Brave tells the story of a girl that tries to change her fate, and manages to. This was the first Pixar animation where there has been a female protagonist and echoes the changing ways of Hollywood at the moment. Furthermore, Best Original Song was won by a woman; Adele took up the accolade, celebrating not only women in society but the British.

Although much has been said about who was given the awards in the UK, little has been said about the ease and grace in which Fey and Poehler presented flawlessly onstage. However, these two stars would not like to be commended for the fact that they are “women comedians” but just for the fact they are “comedians”. They showed the world that award shows can be fun if you choose the right person to present them.

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  • ChrisBaron42

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did find that perfect balance between sharp humor and being offensive, which seemed to elude Gervais when he was host. They are a killer combo, and I hope to see them host the show for years to come. I was talking to a coworker at DISH who thought that they should just have former SNL cast members do all of the
    hosting and presenting since Wiig and Ferrell were so good too, and I would support that. I missed the first part of the show because I was watching Once Upon a Time and Girls, but I was able to catch up with a recording. I love how my DISH Hopper can record up to six shows at once during primetime while I watch whatever I want, so I can keep up with everything! I am glad that I caught it because the opening monologue was really funny.

  • Anni Talysh

    Poehler & Fey are fantastically hilarious together!
    And while the general theme of Foster’s speech was a good thing, her tangents kept making me wonder, “Has she taken a bit of cocaine to celebrate?”
    Always do enjoy the shiny eyes & dilated pupils of many award show attendees. ;-)

  • Casuela

    Would agree with you (and it was certainly some kind of fairy step forward), but the women involved were still the bog-standard beautiful, shapely creatures. The day when women who are talented but not conventionally attractive are allowed to take centre stage still seems a very long way off.

  • mradclyffe

    Did Mummy not give you your milk today, grumpy buns?

  • SmellyFingers

    I’m not grumpy, i was just saying that women aren’t funny because well..they’re not.

  • mradclyffe

    You’re talking about 52% of the world’s population. There’s not a single one who’s ever made you laugh? Not one, ever, as long as you’ve been alive, or any you’ve known of from history? a. I’d challenge that claim and b. I’d say you’re very grumpy indeed!

  • PB

    They were brilliant on the night and have been their whole careers. 30 Rock is about the best comedy written right now. We all have our own tastes and maybe they don’t tickle you, but to say no woman is funny is just stupid.

  • PB

    Way to back up your argument

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