Empowered women use their star power and strong voices at 2019’s Golden Globe Awards

Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg co-hosted the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (Photo credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

 After rolling out the red carpet, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg were the co-hosts of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. And it was obvious when the honors were handed out Sunday, January 6, 2019 that the past year has been a game changer for women in Hollywood. Sandra Oh became the first actress of Asian descent in 39 years to win a Golden Globe for best actress in TV for BBC America’s assassin series Killing Eve.

 Throughout the NBC telecast there was more evidence of empowerment for great actresses with lots of meatier roles that demanded attention. The Golden gals also used their star power and strong voices to keep the momentum going.

 Of course the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also put the spotlight on the great guys in the industry. It was wonderful seeing Jeff Bridges, Dick Van Dyke, and self-described “alter cocker” Michael Douglas, alongside Andy Samberg, Darren Criss and Rami Malek, and many other talented young lions.

 But the women were especially inspiring starting with Carol Burnett. The 85-year-old comedy icon was honored with the inaugural Golden Globes TV Lifetime Achievement Award, which henceforth will be known as the Carol Burnett Award. Carol reflected on her six decades in comedy for the stellar crowd at the Beverly Hilton. She lamented that her variety show couldn’t be done today due to cost and other factors, and she was glad “to be there at the right time. I’m so glade we had this time together.”

 The women’s march continued with inspiring words from Regina King, supporting actress winner for the film If Beale Street Could Talk. Regina challenged the entertainment industry’s movers and shakers  to hire more women, and she will lead by example with her production company.

 The Golden Globe Awards, often referred to as Hollywood’s Party of the Year, is one of the few awards shows that combines the best of both film and television. Many in the TV categories have been to the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tours and have offered insight to their award-winning roles. Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a TV series comedy for Amazon Studios’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “It takes a village to do the show, and our village is matriarchy lead by Amy Sherman-Palladino (creator, executive producer). We have women in so many leadership roles,” she gushed with gratitude when accepting her award. Rachel also got a TCA Award last summer.

 Patricia Clarkson who won the supporting actress honor for HBO’s Sharp Objects starring executive producer Amy Adams. Patricia revealed that director Jean-Marc Vallée, “demanded everything of me except sex, which is exactly how it should be in our industry.” At TCA, Patricia described Jean-Marc’s working environment as “free and wild and explosive and emotional. He was always exploring just how far we can take a scene, just how deep we can go, how dark we can go. We were quite close off-camera, so we had these very traumatic days and drink fake alcohol on the set, and then have real alcohol when we would be done.”

 Clarkson added, “I think any time women are at the center of a story, we’re winning. It’s always good. Also when the characters are so beautifully drawn, complicated, daring, bold, difficult, unlikeable and non-heroic — which most of us are — we’re winning. That’s always a great thing. HBO got that and wanted to make a show that was female-led with this perspective, and it was important.”

Patricia Arquette (photo: Getty Images, courtesy Showtime)

 Patricia Arquette won Best Actress in the prison break mini-series for Showtimes’ Escape at Dannemora, and at TCA she explained, “I started off as an ingenue, as a young actress, then I started to play mothers. To be able to do character work and explore human sexuality as a middle aged woman with not a kind of body that Hollywood is used to I thought was a really interesting conversation to have. To explore needs and love and wanting to feel alive. It’s scary to go to that place, but also I found it fascinating how that changes things for her.” [Viewers can catch up on Escape At Dannemora on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®]

Glenn Close

A highlight of this year’s awards was the tribute Glenn Close paid to her mother. After Glenn won Best Actress for the film The Wife, she said, “I’m thinking of my mom who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and in her 80s she said to me, ‘I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything.’ And it was so not right. I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers. That’s what’s expected of us. We have our children, we have our husbands, if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.'” Close received a standing ovation for her empowering statement.

During the Golden Globe Awards, Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, announced the expansion of its philanthropy work. She said the HFP would support organizations championing a free and robust press around the world.

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, (l-r) Barry Adelman, EVP of Television for dick clark productions & Executive Producer; Isan Elba, Golden Globe Ambassador; Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg, Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; Allen Shapiro, ExecChairman of dick clark productions and Executive Producer (photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.