Each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents its esteemed Golden Globe award to exceptional performances in television and film, both domestic and foreign. The 74th Golden Globes Award ceremony kicked off the new year by bringing the brightest stars of Hollywood to celebrate the achievements of TV and film. Undoubtedly a great year of diverse, artistic, and inclusive work, the night was met with anticipation as a number of leading women and leaders of color were among some of the night’s most prominent nominees.
In light of the historical moment of our country, many of the award recipients utilized their platform to not only thank supporters but shine light on society’s and entertainment’s most pressing challenges.
Some of the most memorable moments of the evening happened within the acceptance speeches Tracee Ellis Ross; Viola Davis; and Meryl Streep; all of whom used their time onstage to inspire and engage those in the room and the millions of others viewing at home.
Read more about how these three women of power used the stage to make an impact that surpasses the Golden Globes:
After 5 nominations, award-winning actress Viola Davis took home a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her performance in Fences, an on-screen adaptation of the screenplay by August Wilson of the same name.
Her speech, both moving and inspirational, honored the importance of telling the stories not typically seen in American theater and entertainment. She went on to recognize the many people who helped to bring Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play from 1983 including “friend and fan,” Denzel Washington.
Davis also provided remarks off-screen and backstage on the incoming President-elect stating: “I will, believe it or not, remove Trump from the equation. Because I feel that it’s bigger than him,” Davis began.
“I believe that it is our responsibility to uphold what it is to be an American… I think that America in and of itself has been an affirmation, but I think that we’ve fallen short a lot, because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system. So then what does that say about us?”
Watch her speech below:
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Introduced by fellow award winner Viola Davis, Meryl Streep used her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award to provide a powerful statement on her concern for America’s political and societal future. In an emotional address, Streep highlighted the diversity within Hollywood and urged all help protect the responsibility of journalists and media as it relates to the coverage of President-elect Donald Trump.
She spoke specifically about her fears for the arts and reached out to those in the audience saying: “You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”
Watch her Golden Globes address below:
Tracee Ellis Ross:
Tracee Ellis Ross, comedian, model, and actress, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical for her performance in Black-ish. Ross is the first Black woman in 34 years to receive the honor since Debbie Allen in 1983 for her role in Fame.
A fan favorite and first-time Golden Globe nominee, Ross vowed her commitment “to continue expanding the way we are seen and known and to show the magic and the beauty and sameness of the stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.”
She dedicated her award to “women of color and colorful people” whose stories, experiences, and thoughts are not always considered worthy for production in entertainment. dedicated her award to people who are consistently underrepresented in Hollywood.
Watch her speech below: