How the “Ladies and Remaining Gentlemen” Made the Golden Globes Memorable

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The “Oscars’ rowdier, tipsier, weirder cousin” – a.k.a. the Golden Globes – returned for its 75th edition, bringing with it plenty of unforgettable pop culture moments as always. As the first Hollywood awards ceremony since the #MeToo movement went viral, the event was rife with firsts.

The likes of Meryl Streep and Emma Stone invited gender and racial-justice activists as their guests, both actors and actresses followed an all-black dress code in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and assault, and the gender-pay disparity at E! was brazenly challenged on the network’s red carpet by beloved Will & Grace star Debra Messing. To quote Nicole Kidman, who won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Wow, the power of women.”

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Thinly Veiled Humor from the Get-Go

Donald Trump, Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey – not one of the world’s most hated men was spared in host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue. His ultimate zinger, however, was unsurprisingly directed at Harvey Weinstein: “Well, I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room. Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry. He’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the In Memoriam.”

How the “Ladies and Remaining Gentlemen” Made the Golden Globes Memorable
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Oprah Made History (Yet Again)

Not only did everyone’s favorite TV personality become the first black female recipient of the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, but she also gave what is now being described as one of the greatest acceptance speeches of all time. In her company was Sterling K. Brown, who became the first male black actor to win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama.

How the “Ladies and Remaining Gentlemen” Made the Golden Globes Memorable
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The Ultimate TV Battle Continued

The two greatest shows on TV at the moment happen to be female-centric, which we think is no coincidence: The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies. And just like at the Emmy Awards in 2017, they continued to go toe to toe at today’s awards ceremony, with Laura Dern edging out Ann Dowd to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Both shows, however, enjoyed their moment of well-deserved glory; Big Little Lies won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, while The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Television Series – Drama.

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Nicole Kidman Clapped Normally

You know the world is desperately hoping to return to a state of normalcy when Nicole Kidman’s style of applause makes the news. Seriously. The actress was ruthlessly mocked by the media for clapping “like a seal” during the Oscars last year, which she later attributed to the very expensive diamond rings that she was wearing and not wanting to damage them. The good news is that she left all her digit-bling at home this time around, and all was well again.

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Kendall Jenner Made an Unexpected Appearance

And considering she’s neither an activist, an actress, a producer, nor a director, it left audiences a bit baffled. The common denominator in their reactions? Sarcastically asking if she was nominated for that Pepsi commercial.

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