Golden Globes: 8 Memorable Feminist Moments

2:03 PM 1/9/2017

by THR staff

Viola Davis Tracee Ellis Ross 74th Golden Globes Party - Getty - H 2017
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Viola Davis Tracee Ellis Ross 74th Golden Globes Party - Getty - H 2017

Whether it was Viola Davis telling Meryl Streep how much the esteemed actress has inspired her or Evan Rachel Woods' tuxedo fashion statement, there were multiple feminist moments at the Golden Globes this year.

Women supporting women and lifting each other up occurred throughout the night, but even men got in on the feminist action. While people often thank their significant others in their acceptance speeches, Ryan Gosling took it up a notch when talking about how much Eva Mendes has done for him as a partner and the mother of their two girls.

Read on for eight moments of feminism that were on display Sunday.

  • Viola Davis Presents Meryl Streep's Lifetime Award

    Viola Davis spoke about how much she respects Meryl Streep when presenting her with the Cecil B. DeMille Award on Sunday.

    Golden Globe winner Davis said Streep's artistry reminds everyone of "the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone." Davis, who co-starred with Streep in Doubt, said, "You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me — my body, my face, my age — is enough."

  • Meryl Streep Calls for Empathy

    Streep's speech targeted Donald Trump without ever saying his name. In her speech, the actress, who was being honored for her life's work, spoke about the abuse of power and why it's necessary to protect the disenfranchised.

    "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence," said Streep. "When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

    She told the actors in the room that they have to "remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy."

    At the close of her speech, Streeo quoted something fellow feminist Carrie Fisher once told her: "As my friend, the dear, departed Princess Leia, said to me once, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.'''

  • Evan Rachel Wood Intentionally Wears a Tuxedo

    "I love dresses, I’m not trying to protest dresses,” said Evan Rachel Wood on the red carpet. She explained that she's been to the Golden Globes six times and wore a dress each time.

    “But, I want to make sure that young girls and women know they aren’t a requirement and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to," said the Westworld actress. "To just be yourself, because your worth is more than that."



  • Tracee Ellis Ross' Dedication

    Tracee Ellis Ross gave a moving dedication when she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy television series.

    "This is for all the women, women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you," said Ross.

    "It is an honor to be on this show, Black-ish, to continue expanding the way we are seen and known, and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks," she continued, eliciting cheers and applause from the audience. 

  • Ryan Gosling Thanks Eva Mendes

    Ryan Gosling proved his feminism extends past all of the "Hey Girl" memes when he accepted his Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical.

    The La La Land actor expressed his gratitude for partner Eva Mendes in his speech, talking about how all of her hard work gave him the chance to work on the film.

    "While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” said Gosling. “If she hadn’t taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today.

    "So, sweetheart, thank you," he continued, emotionally dedicating the award to Mendes' late brother.


  • Claire Foy's Acceptance Speech

    The Crown star Claire Foy was very excited about her best actress in a drama series win for her role on the Netflix program, and in her acceptance speech she thanked the "extraordinary women" who helped get her to where she is.

    "One of them is Queen Elizabeth II," said Foy. "She has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years, and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it, if you ask me."

    The British actress added, "And finally, another extraordinary woman in the making, my girl. I love you, you're the future, and oh, you're just brilliant."

  • Emma Stone's Description of Her Gown

    Emma Stone was not about to dedicate her pre-show interview with Ryan Seacrest to a fashion conversation. The La La Land actress was asked to talk about her dress, and rather than list Valentino as the designer, she offered a clever response.

    "It's pink and there are stars on it," she said frankly. 

  • Sarah Paulson Honors Marcia Clark

    Sarah Paulson once again thanked Marcia Clark, the woman she portrayed in The People v. O.J. Simpson, when she accepted her Golden Globe Award. 

    "To the remarkable Marcia Clark, you are an inspiration to me," said the actress. "If I could live my life with a fraction of your wit, integrity and your unapologetic fierceness, I would be on the road to doing it right."