I never actually watch awards ceremonies and if I do, I tend to just watch the ‘In Memorium’ sections or actors/ creative arts people win. This year being a bit more poignant with the recent deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
Today sees us Brits waking up to the news of the winners and losers from this years Golden Globe awards.
I was not happy Outlander was barely recognised, again.
Caitriona Balfe’s outstanding and emotive performance as Claire Fraser/Randall lost out to Claire Foy’s stiff as a board take on Queen Elizabeth II.
I at least take from that, that Caitriona’s nod from the Globes does in some way acknowledge Outlander and the hard work she has put in.
I did enjoy The Crown, but the best performance of the entire show was absolutely John Lithgow as Churchill. He was indeed nominated, but lost out, unbelievably.
I do like Claire Foy (especially in Wolf Hall and Going Postal), but just not in this role.
This year’s Golden Globes though, was most notable for the speech Meryl Streep gave as she accepted the Cecil B DeMill lifetime achievement award.
She blasted Trump for his public mockery of a disabled reporter in November 2015: “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back”.
She went on to note that “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
The entertainment industry has famously distanced itself away from Trump at all opportunities, such as several artists asking for their songs not to be used by Trump during his campaign. He’s also run into trouble trying to find anyone willing to perform at his inauguration ceremony. When you consider the likes of Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé sang in Obama and Trump can barely scratch together a play bill of artists, it reflects his popularity within the creative industries.
Trumps response to Streep’s shade? A childish rebuttal that was more akin to a playground favourite of: “she’s rubbish anyway, so I don’t care what she says, so there”.
If he has the right advisers around him, he sure as hell isn’t listening to them, which, considering his position, is terrifying.
As the annual award ceremony season continues, I am looking forwards to hearing more Trump related slams in acceptance speeches.