Michelle Williams used her time on stage at the Golden Globes Sunday night to emphasize the importance of women voting in 2020. When she won best actress in a limited series for her role in “Fosse/Verdon,” the actress, who is pregnant, launched into a speech about reproductive rights (watch above):
“To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives as all mothers know that the scales must and will tip towards our children. Now I know my choices might look different than yours, but thank God or whoever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principles that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live by yours. So, women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them but don’t forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let’s make it look more like us.”
This follows Williams’ memorable speech at the Emmys about women’s pay equality.
Patricia Arquette, who won best actress in a supporting role in a limited series for “The Act,” also put politics front and center. She was one of the only winners to mention Donald Trump:
“I know that tonight, Jan. 5, 2020, we’re not gonna look back on this night in the history books. We will see a country on the brink of war, the United States of America. A president tweeting out a threat of 52 bombs, including cultural sites. Young people risking their lives all across the world. People not knowing if bombs are gonna drop on their kids’ heads. And the continent of Australia on fire.”
— Vulture (@vulture) January 6, 2020
The fires in Australia hit close to home for Russell Crowe, who won best actor in a limited series for “The Loudest Voice.” He couldn’t attend the ceremony because “he is at home in Australia protecting his family from the devastating bush fires.”
Russell Crowe won a #GoldenGlobes for his performance in “The Loudest Voice" but couldn't attend the show because of the fires in Australia.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 6, 2020
Host Ricky Gervais also made his share of political jokes, but it’s the end of his monologue that is getting the most attention. That’s when the comedian roasted Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was in the audience, for running “sweatshops in China:”
“You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you? So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re not in a position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real-world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and fu*k off.”
"…You say you're woke but the companies you work for…Apple, Amazon, Disney…if ISIS started a streaming service you'd call your agent, wouldn't you. If you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech…" pic.twitter.com/rVRIng2JAH
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 6, 2020