8 Times Feminism Ruled The 2015 Golden Globes
There were a lot of big winners at the Golden Globes awards on Sunday night (January 11) -- "Boyhood," "The Affair," "Transparent," Jared Leto's braid -- but nothing made our hearts soar, "Birdman"-style, quite like its overabundance of lady power.
From the continued brilliance of hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to Gina Rodriguez's monumental win for latinas (and The CW), here were our favorite feminist moments from the big night.
When Gina Rodriguez broke our hearts with her "Jane the Virgin" win.
Rodriguez's Best Actress speech was simple yet poignant, as it acknowledged a marginalized group that has struggled when it comes to getting its voice heard in a male, white-washed industry.
“Thank you to my mom and my dad for telling me to dream big and to never stop dreaming," she said. "To my siblings, to my sister … for being the biggest role models in my life. This reward is so much more than myself. it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning to myself it’s a great day. I can and I will. Well Dad, today’s a great day. I can and I did.”
When Tina and Amy called out Hollywood double-standards.
Amal Alamuddin came to the Globes to support her new husband -- you know, that guy George Clooney -- but before that, she was part of the UN's three-member commission to look into violations of the rules of war in the Gaza Strip, she worked with the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, etc. etc. However, it was George who was there to collect the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and Tina and Amy made sure to call out how ridiculous that sounds on paper.
I mean, have you seen "Batman & Robin?"
When Tina and Amy called out Bill Cosby.
Oh. My. God. Some were definitely offended by the shocking digs at Cosby during Tina and Amy's opener, but we have to give props to the ladies for not sweeping these allegations under the rug.
“Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby," Amy joked during a bit about "Into the Woods." Fey then piped in with, “Actually, I don’t know if you guys saw this on the news today, but Bill Cosby has finally spoken out about the allegations against him. Cosby admitted to a reporter, ‘I put the pills in the people. The people did not want the pills in them.’”
Ouch. But all jokes aside, it's great to see women like Tina and Amy using their comedy to call out issues that can make people uncomfortable, much like Hannibal Buress did when he called out Cosby in the first place.
When Amy Adams nailed her acceptance speech.
Adams spent her time on stage -- she won for "Big Eyes" -- thanking the women at the Globes, letting them know that their voices were being heard by her four-year-old daughter.
"I am so grateful to have all the women in this room,” Adams said. "You speak to her [Aviana, Adams’ daughter] so loudly. She watches everything and she sees everything, and I am just so, so grateful to all of you women in this room.”
When Joanne Froggatt spoke out for rape survivors.
Froggatt's win for "Downton Abbey" was the first genuine upset of the night, but what was not upsetting were her beautiful words for rape survivors. (Froggatt's character Anna, was raped on the show.)
"After this storyline aired, I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn't sure why she had written, but she just felt in some way she wanted to be heard," Froggatt said. "And I'd just like to say I heard you and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you."
When Maggie Gyllenhaal women's celebrated increased visibility in media.
Speaking of awesome speeches, Maggie Gyllenhaal was a true winner not only for "The Honourable Woman," but for her celebration of the increasing diversity of roles for women in television and film.
"What I see are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not," she said. "Sometimes sexy and sometimes not. Sometimes honorable and sometimes not. What I think is new is the roles for actual women in television, and in film... it’s what’s turning me on."
You just turned us on, Maggie.
When Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda laughed off those "women aren't funny" people.
A few years back, an article in Vanity Fair called "Why Women Aren't Funny" made the argument that, well, women aren't funny. The article's relevance has lingered, and it seems to be brought up even when a "Bridesmaids" or "Broad City" makes great strides for women in comedy.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin poked fun at the notion that over half of the world's population is humorless when they presented the award for Best Actor in a TV Series -- Musical or Comedy, turning the tables on the men.
"You know, it's nice -- it's nice -- that men, at last, are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy," Fonda said.
"I know, I know. Finally, we can put at rest that negative stereotype that men just aren't funny," Tomlin replied.
When Tina and Amy called out Hollywood's sexist ageism.
Patricia Arquette won Best Actress for "Boyhood," a role she committed to for twelve freaking years. It was a great win for a great performer, but it was equally great to see Tina and Amy's pointed zinger at one of Hollywood's greatest double-standards -- that roles for men over 40 (cough cough, Clooney) seem to grow on trees, while 40-plus women tend to have their roles handed to Jennifer Lawrence.
“There are still great roles for women over 40, as long as you get hired when you’re under 40," Poehler said.
SICK BURN, AMY. Now seriously, can we work on reversing this trend instead of just mocking it, please?