I used to love award shows when I was admittedly somewhat more naive. As I’ve grown older, I’ve began to realize that they don’t always mean all that much, other than to those who win them. Spectacular films, television shows, writers, cinematographers, actors, directors, producers, and artists from all aspects of the creative process are ignored year after year. And sometimes (or rather, often) sub-par films make the cut. An Oscar-winning film or performance does not always stand the test of time.
My first observation from last night’s Golden Globes was that the winners weren’t all entirely predictable, which was quite refreshing. There were also so many tremendous speeches (some of my favorites included Gina Rodriguez, Common, Jeffrey Tambor, and Maggie Gyllenhaal) and as usual, Amy and Tina were great (though, why didn’t we see more of them?!). But what stood out to me most was that the women of the ceremony were totally and completely riled up and ready to talk about women’s roles in Hollywood.
Nearly every female winner of the night had something to say about women and representation and it was wonderful. I feel this new surge of hope for women in film and television. Our stories will be heard, dammit.
Though I have not seen Selma yet (for the record, I’m catching it tomorrow), I was thrilled that Ava DuVernay was nominated. Aside from the fact that Selma looks to be a wonderful film and has received rave reviews, I’m just proud to see a woman represented in the directing category.
I didn’t realize until recently how harmful it has been for my confidence and the confidence of young women everywhere to rarely (so rare lets just say never) see a woman nominated for Best Director at any award shows. I’m inspired, reinvigorated, and ready to see more women in front of and behind the camera in the years to come.
Also, I really need to start watching ‘Transparent’!
Later this week I’ll be posting about female-centric films that will be premiering in 2015, so keep an eye out. Until then you can check out the 15 films in 2015 I’m looking forward to most, which includes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s new comedy, Sisters.