1. Debra Messing Calls Out E! For Gender Pay Disparity While Being Interviewed By E!
Debra Messing is not one to ~mess~ with, as this clip filmed live from the red carpet proves.
The actress was being interviewed by E! host Giuliana Rancic about her views on the Time's Up movement and she chose the moment to voice her disappointment in the broadcaster, who were recently revealed to be paying Catt Sadler half the amount of her male co-host Jason Kennedy (who does the exact same job).
"You know, I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts," Debra said to a stunned Giuliana. "I mean, I miss Catt Sadler. We stand with her. That’s something that can change tomorrow — we want people to start having the conversation that women are just as valuable as men."
Eva Longoria also used her time with E! to comment on this inequality.
"We support gender equity and equal pay and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt as well," Eva said to E! presenter Ryan Seacrest.
The clip of Debra quickly went viral, and you can see why...
2. Seth Meyers' Inclusive Monologue
The late night host had potentially one of the most difficult monologues of the awards season to produce, and he absolutely nailed it with (albeit boundary pushing) jokes. It's tricky to bring up the most controversial topic in Hollywood history and keep the crowd entertained, though Seth seemed to balance the act well by taking aim at the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, while also commenting on the smaller injustices the industry faces.
"Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen. I’m Seth Meyers, and I’ll be your host tonight. Welcome to the 75th annual Golden Globes, and Happy New Year, Hollywood. It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s gonna be a good year," he opened, diving head-first into the issues.
"They tried to get a woman to host this show, they really did," he said. "They said, “Hey, how would you like to come and be judged by some of the most powerful people in Hollywood?” And women were like, “Hmm, well, where is it?” And they said, “It’s at a hotel,” and long story short, I’m your host tonight."
"Well, I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room. Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight," he continued. "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.’"
Seth also brought in women of different ethnicities - and one gay man - to deliver the punchlines on jokes he believed that he (a white straight male who has not been subject to these issues) did not deserve to tell. He also jokingly sparred with his BFF and former Golden Globes host Amy Poehler as he wrapped up the monologue, with her yelling at him about #Mansplaining. We're happy to see even he wasn't left off the jokes agenda!
See his amazing opener below...
3. Sterling K. Brown's Acceptance Speech
The This Is Us actor picked up the award for Best Actor in a TV Drama, making history as the first ever black man to win the award.
Beating out nominees that included Jason Bateman, Freddie Highmore, Bob Odenkirk and Liev Schrieber, the actor was visibly ecstatic about his win and the audience couldn't have been happier.
"Throughout the majority of my career I have benefited from colourblind casting, which means, 'you know what, hey, let's throw a brother in this role'. Right? It's always really cool," he told the crowd. "But Dan Fogelman, you wrote a role for a black man. That could only be played by a black man. And so, what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I am being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me."
4. James Franco's Acceptance Speech ft. Baby Brother Dave
The actor scored a gong for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, and dragged his brother and co-star Dave Franco up to the stage to accept the award. After awkwardly having to push the real-life Tommy away from the microphone (hey, actors only get like 30 seconds to do their speech!) he began gushing about his career and loved ones before speaking about his baby bro.
"When I went to NYU I always said I wanted my own Cohen brother, someone to collaborate with. I realised this year I have my own Franco brother, I love him more than anything. Thanks to my mother for giving him to me."
5. Oprah's Chill-Inducing Acceptance Speech For The Cecil B. DeMille Award
Oprah shut down the Globes with her powerful and raw speech about her own experience as a woman of colour. She also opened up about her relationship with all women and spoke of how she is inspired by their courage and strength in this difficult time.
"I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon," she declared.
See the full, amazing speech below or read the transcript here.
6. Natalie Portman's One-Line Jab
How does one follow Oprah's killer speech? With a simple, classy jab that is both true and timely.
On a night that focused so deeply on women within the industry, it seemed ironic to have the Best Director category fall after Oprah's big speech. Why? Because only men were nominated. Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird scored nominations in plenty of other categories (even winning two) but somehow she was left off the bill? Not to mention Patty Jenkins, who directed Wonder Woman AKA the highest grossing film of the year, also failed to receive a nomination.
Introducing the nominees alongside Ron Howard, Natalie simply said: "And here are the all-male nominees."
The shocked guffaws in the audience and the swift Twitter response says it all... Natalie, we are not worthy.