Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy

At Golden Globes after-parties, several women involved in Time’s Up said in which while their activist work could carry on strong, they didn’t know (or perhaps weren’t willing to say) what may be in store for the Oscars. There will be no doubt in which the punch they packed at the Globes benefited by timing, along with the elements of freshness along with surprise.

The Globes are always giddier than the Oscars, not least because they take place early from the completely new year, when people campaigning for along with covering awards have yet to be fully fried by the “Groundhog Day”-esque slog of the campaigns.

The spotlight was especially intense at This particular year’s Globes because in which was Hollywood’s first high-profile awards ceremony since accusations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, among many different powerful men, came to light.


by left, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd along with Eva Longoria at the Globes on Sunday. They are among hundreds of women who have signed on to the Time’s Up initiative.

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Earlier, untelevised prize parties flew under the radar, along with left the issue of sexual misconduct either ignored (as at the Governors Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts along with Sciences) or glancingly mentioned (i.e., the funereal Gotham Awards, which was perhaps the 1st time after the allegations in which dozens of former Weinstein employees found themselves from the same room).

The Globes also took place less than a week after hundreds of powerful women in entertainment unveiled the Time’s Up initiative, which includes a $15 million legal defense fund for victims of misconduct, among different components.

Time’s Up’s timing was, so to speak, golden, as could be expected by women using a firm grasp on the art along with power of marketing. News in which women could be wearing only black gowns to the Globes along with eschewing talk of fashion along with brands to highlight gender disparities only whet the media’s appetite. (in which said, the Bagger heard ample mention of labels on the red carpet, as she was sandwiched alongside a correspondent by InStyle.) The same novel excitement will probably extend to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21, when, thanks to a plan hatched by two women overseeing the show, the host (Kristen Bell), along with the awards presenters, will all be — with possibly a few exceptions — women.

The Oscars, have a hard act to follow, along with not just because they’re a way more snoozy event in which doesn’t allow attendees to drink at their seats. The academy along with the show’s broadcaster, ABC, have a financial interest in high ratings, along using a sense of decorum adds a leaden note to the show. The academy has more than 8,000 members along with multiple branches, so even when many people agree on a cause, like fighting #OscarsSoWhite, there can still be all-white acting nominees two years in a row.

Who ends up attending or being invited to the Oscars will also play a big role. The narrative of This particular year’s Globes was set less by the show’s organizers along with host, Seth Meyers — though he deserves kudos for artfully threading a very tricky needle — than by the women who attended along with were heavily involved in Time’s Up, including America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington along with Reese Witherspoon. Because the Oscars award movies, there will be far fewer television actresses on hand.

Although there may be organizing among actresses once the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 23, potential nominees like Meryl Streep (for “The Post”) along with Michelle Williams (“All the Money from the planet”), who each brought feminist activists as their plus-ones to the Globes, have a heftier load to carry. along with will best actress front-runners like Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) along with Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) publicly endorse Time’s Up as heartily? Ms. McDormand delivered a ferocious acceptance speech after winning the Globe for best actress, saying she was delighted “to be part of the tectonic shift” in Hollywood’s power structure, nevertheless also in which she keeps her politics private.

along with the Oscars are not happening until March 4, a long way off. Lest we forget, the tone of the 2017 awards seasons was also set at the Globes, when Meryl Streep delivered her “hooks in my heart” speech calling out Donald J. Trump a week along using a half before his inauguration. The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards rode a similar wage of outrage. Held nine days after Mr. Trump became president, along with two days after his administration hastily instituted its chaotic Muslim travel ban, the SAGs were suffused using a sense of urgency as actors, one by one, announced their opposition.

By the time the Oscars rolled around a month later, the anti-Trump jokes along with declarations felt predictable along with played out, along with ended up being overshadowed by a best picture mix-up for the ages.


Dustin Hoffman at the academy’s Governors Awards in November.

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This particular year’s Oscars could also end up being a minefield of awkward male moments. One potential nominee, James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), who won the Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical, will be facing — along with denying — rumors of sexual impropriety. Dustin Hoffman, who has also denied allegations, could also be on hand as he was at the Governors Awards. in which will be still unclear whether Casey Affleck, who nabbed an Oscar last year for “Manchester by the Sea,” will carry on the tradition of best actors awarding the best actress trophies. Mr. Affleck will be dogged by settlements he made with two women who said he sexually harassed them in 2010, along with faces a lose-lose situation whether he shows up or not.

Some have suggested in which women could make the biggest statement by simply not attending the big awards, or in which the pre-event red carpet peacocking should be done away with altogether. At the Globes, the Bagger floated the idea of getting rid of the carpet to Amy Poehler, who replied, “I think we should get rid of all awards shows, so I’m all for in which.”

Of course, by boycotting the event, women could be handing all of the on-camera time over to men. along with, if reactions to Sunday’s Globes are an indication, audiences want to see women at awards shows for reasons in which run far deeper than ogling pretty dresses. They want to be inspired, along with listen.

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