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Award season 2019 kicked off last night as the 76th Golden Globes took place at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
Separating itself from last year’s red carpet blackout in honour of the Time’s Up movement, this year was promised to be a less political show. And while it did follow through on its promise, politics did inevitably come up and the Time’s Up movement raised its empowering head once again.
A-listers took to the red carpet last year wearing political pins to raise awareness around the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations that hit Hollywood at the time. And while there were no planned political protests this year, Time’s Up accessories did return, continuing to raise awareness around the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund – helping over 3,800 women and men from all 50 states in America in the past year.
The political accessory this year? Black bracelets and ribbons.
Black Time’s Up bracelets were worn by women and men, from Charlize Theron and Debra Messing to Idris Elba and his daughter Isan Elba.
‘A year ago, we embarked on a campaign to create safer work places,’ Debra posted to her Instagram. ‘Since then, thousands of survivors have been provided resources through the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.’
She also went on to explain how the Time’s Up movement is launching a new spin-off movement around women in leadership.
‘At the beginning of our second year, we are launching #TIMESUPX2, to double the number of women in leadership and across other spaces where women are under represented.’
And Debra wasn’t alone, with Claire Foy, Rachel Brosnahan and Amber Heard tying Time’s Up ribbons around their wrists, and D’Arcy Carden, Catriona Balfe, Laura Dern and Olivia Colman using them to accessorise their clutch bags.
The most political moment of the evening however has to be Christian Bale calling former Vice President Dick Cheney a ‘arsehole’, going on to thank ‘Satan’ for giving [him] inspiration.
Another noticeable political moment during the ceremony included Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna announcing a grant to journalists, addressing the current issue over freedom of speech.
‘Our work as journalists is under siege, which is why our mission to establish cultural ties as journalists in the United States is important,’ she announced. ‘To that end, our members … have decided to expand our mandate. Simply put, it is incumbent upon all of us to preserve the freedom of expression and of the press. This is our story to tell, this is our story to write, this is our stand to take.’
Well, as the Golden Globes usually serves as a prediction for the award season ahead, it looks like we can expect some political ceremonies to follow.