Going into the Golden Globes this year felt anything but celebratory. Between the Harvey Weinstein scandal that kicked off the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, the political clime in Hollywood, with embers toward President Trump, and the continued discussion of race and continued prejudice in the fabric of society, including leading roles in American films, it seemed more like a gauntlet rather than an awards show. It’s like the worst version of finding yourself stuck at the most uncomfortable Thanksgiving table full of the misogynist, racist, extremist person we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives. Well. This is lovely!
But you know what…if the industry wasn’t like this, these ladies wouldn’t have to do this. So watch, don’t judge them, don’t discount them, hear what they have to say on the red carpet and on stage. Because, with very few exceptions, we all know they are telling the truth. If you are a woman, you’ve probably experienced it yourself. To expect to be treated professionally, as an equal is not unreasonable. To expect not to be touched when not wanted is not unreasonable. To expect not to be assaulted nor raped after you’ve said not multiple times regardless of what you were wearing, doing, saying, etc. is not unreasonable. And I celebrate these women for using their celebrity status for good.
Many of the women therefore dressed in black as a statement against sexual harassment, and it was fantastic to see such solidarity. And bonus, it looks flattering on everyone. And can we talk about all of the amazing shows this year? Big Little Lies, Stranger Things, Blackish, Game of Thrones, The Crown….and Will and Grace’s crazy return?!!!. Can’t they just all win?
And you know why I’m here. I’ve got some wine in one hand, and I’m slow typing in the other. The ladies are making it hard for me this year to discern who looks better in what black gown, but it’s all for a good purpose. Seeing all these women coming together to show solidarity in a sea of black was very moving. Some A-list actresses including Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, and Amy Poehler, brought with them social activists for gender equality and racial justice as their dates.
So keep on being badass ladies, and let’s take a closer inspection. Don’t forget to shop the red carpet at the end of the post for a little window browsing of dreaminess. Because who says we can’t have both rights to equality and a right to window shop and look dang good?! Seriously. We can have both.
Catherine Zeta Jones ~ Gown: Zuhair Murad
Allison Janney ~ Gown: Mario Dicearchive // Earrings: Lorraine Schwartz
Justin Timberlake with Jessica Biel ~ Gown: Dior
Diane Krueger ~ Gown: Prada
Madeline Brewer ~ Gown: Diane von Furstenberg
This year the worst dressed list is short, and not too earth shattering. Mostly, ladies just looking a bit too caricature-like, which I’m sure they weren’t aiming for.
Shop the Red Carpet
Kendall Jenner ~ Gown: Giambattista Valli // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Jewels: Lorraine Schwartz
Greta Gerwig ~ Gown: Oscar de la Renta
Kate Hudson ~ Gown: Valentino // Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti // Jewels: Harry Winston