And the Golden Globe goes to… All the surprises, wins, and snubs of the night

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Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh lit up the stage and kept the audience laughing throughout the Golden Globes.

Avery Silfin, Staff Writer

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Sunday, Jan. 6. The show was hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, an amazing duo who shared important messages and funny remarks throughout the show. The Golden Globe Awards was the first of this year’s award season, and set the tone for what is to come in the future. 

The Golden Globes Awards ceremony first began in 1943, when a group of journalists came together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The show recognizes the best of this past year’s movies and TV shows. In addition, it is usually considered to be the most lively and enjoyable out of all the award shows. Since the stars sit at tables instead of in a theater, they are able to eat and drink and have lots of fun. The viewers at home are able to see the celebrities interact with each other rather than looking straight at the stage and not talking during the show.  

“I look forward to watching the Golden Globes every year,” said sophomore, Abbie Garfin.  “The hosts this year were great!”

Last year at the 75th Annual Golden Globes, Me Too and Time’s Up movement activists came together to protest against sexual harassment and gender inequality throughout Hollywood. Many came dressed in black to support the movement and stand up against abusive Hollywood stars, such as Harvey Weinstein. 

This year, the mood of the show was very different. Samberg and Oh came together to provide a lighter and entertaining show. They recognized all that has changed in the past year. Having the first Asian woman, Sandra Oh, host the Golden Globes was a revolutionary and very important aspect of the show. She even became the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes, as she won an award for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series. 

The hosts demonstrated that Hollywood has made amazing strides in promoting gender and racial equality, particularly in recent years. This year’s show was exciting and happy, and focused on such improvements made over the course of last year. 

This year’s show brought many new actors into the spotlight. With her victory in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture catergory, Lady Gaga transformed from being just a singer, to an amazing and powerful actress. Her movie A Star is Born was also nominated for Best Motion Picture in the drama category, and was up against other amazing films, including Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody. In the end, Bohemian Rhapsody took home the award.

In addition, the most nominated picture of the night was Vice, starring Christian Bale, who won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture in the musical or comedy genre. In addition to all of these, The Americans won the award for Best Drama Television Series in its final season. Furthermore, Glenn Close won Best Actress in a Major Motion Picture in the drama category, while Rami Malek won the Best Performance in a Motion Picture.  

“I am so upset that A Star Is Born didn’t win. It was the best movie of the year,” said sophomore Sari Hartstein.  

Every award show honors specific people that have significantly benefited and altered the field that they work in. This year, the Carol Burnett Award was created in honor of Carol Burnett for her outstanding lifetime achievements in television. Naturally, Burnett won the first annual award. For over half a century, she has made the world laugh through her acting and diverse performances in shows. The award was made for her, and will celebrate her every year from now on. 

Overall, this year’s Golden Globes was happy and uplifting, and brought many important actors and actresses into the spotlight. The show set the tone for future award shows to come in 2019, and was inspiring to viewers across America.