Golden Globes: Regina King Makes Parity Pledge, Time's Up x2 Takes Stage

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Regina King

"I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry but in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same."

Regina King made a gender parity pledge at the 2019 Golden Globes, and the actress challenged other creators and people with power to follow suit.

While accepting the award for best supporting actress in a film for Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, the double nominee and Globe winner explained to those watching at home why stars in Hollywood use moments like an awards show to spread a message. The show's producers stopped the play-off music as she explained.

"Time's Up times two," King said to conclude her speech. "The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and that we're speaking for everyone. I'm going to use my platform to say that in the next two years, I am making a vow and, it's going to be tough, to make sure that everything I produce is 50 percent women. I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry but in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same."

The moment, which received applause from the room, was followed by presenters Megan Mullally and Kristen Bell telling King they are on board, before awarding co-host Sandra Oh with her historic award for best actress in a TV drama. 

King called out Time's Up x2 during her rousing speech, which represents the next phase of the Time's Up initiative that was launched one year ago as a result of the #MeToo movement. Similarly, the #5050x2020 movement, calling for equal representation by the year 2020, began in late 2017.

King's parity pledge follows other memorable headline-making awards speeches, like Frances McDormand at last year's Academy Awards. McDormand sparked an inclusion conversation when she promoted equality in inclusion riders to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. At last year's Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey declared time's up in a rousing speech where she became the first black woman to accept the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award.

This time last year saw the launch of the Time's Up initiative, which coincided with the call for women to wear black to the 2018 Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment. Stars wore Time’s Up pins at last year's show to support the sexual harassment prevention initiative, which was launched by Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone and other Hollywood women that same week.

On Sunday's red carpet, Hollywood’s leading stars debuted new Time’s Up x2 wristbands and ribbons, following up the Time's Up pins worn last year. E! Live From The Red Carpet co-hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic were first spotted wearing the wristbands on the carpet. (Seacrest was accused of harassment during the #MeToo movement, a claim he strenuously denied and a third-party investigator found to be unsubstantiated.) The latest Time's Up accessories landed on Friday, when agencies distributed them to the men and women who would be attending the show. 

Last year's show also saw Time's Up activists walking the red carpet with A-list actresses. This year, Roma director Alfonso Cuaron brought with him to the ceremony Ai-jen Poo, the executive director of the National Domestic Workers' Alliance. Poo, who has been an advocate for Roma, walked the 2018 Globes carpet with Meryl Streep.

Co-hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg promised a friendly show, and they delivered on that vow by keeping the #MeToo-related jokes light during their opening monologue and throughout the show — aside from a quick jab at former CBS chief Les Moonves, one of the largest figures to be ousted from the ranks of Hollywood in the #MeToo era.

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