Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin pretty much summed up the tone of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards when presenting the award for Best Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical. Jane quipped that it was great that men were finally getting the comedy recognition they deserved, with Lily slinging the zinger, "We can finally put to rest the negative stereotype that men aren't funny." Yep, they've come a long way, baby!
Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler set that smart-aleck tone for (cringe if you must) "feminism" and "female empowerment" from the monologue onward, as they have done in the past. But this year it felt like more presenters and winners picked up the baton, making more inspiring speeches to honor women - without making it seem like male-bashing or just empty words.
Tina and Amy joked in their monologue about the irony of George Clooney getting a lifetime achievement award as a Hollywood celebrity, when his wife Amal - a lawyer and human rights activist - has a much longer list of impressive accomplishments. (In his speech, George honored Amal, saying he was so proud to be her husband.)
Also in the monologue, Amy joked that the movie "Boyhood" "proves there are still good roles for women over 40, as long as you get hired when you're under 40." The starring woman in question, Patricia Arquette, won the supporting actress award; in her speech she thanked director Richard Linklater for "shining a light" on her character, an underappreciated single mother, "and the many women like her, and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this incredible character." In that case, it was acknowledged that a male writer took the time to spotlight a female character, since it's not about men vs. women, it's just about stories worth seeing.
Amy Adams won the best comedy or musical award for "Big Eyes," and she thanked her actress peers for being such good role models for her 4-year-old daughter, Aviana. "You speak to her so loudly," Amy said. "She watches everything and sees everything and I am so grateful for all of you women in this room who have such a lovely beautiful voice and are speaking to my daughter." Maggie Gyllenhaal, who won best actress in a miniseries or TV movie for "The Honorable Woman," also spoke out in gratitude for the influx of roles for actual women; she also gave a shout-out to her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, calling him "a lover of complicated women." In her best actress in a drama speech, Julianne Moore mentioned how her film "Still Alice" was shot down originally because she was told no one wanted to see a film about a middle-aged woman. But now she's basically the Oscar frontrunner for that lead role.
So it's no wonder the Internet took notice when Jeremy Renner made a joke about Jennifer Lopez's "Golden Globes":
It was a harmless joke overall, but it felt tacky and stale in the context of the overall event. (Then again, Renner is a dude and we know the stereotype about how they're not that funny.)
Did you also feel a more feminist shift in this last (supposedly) Tina and Amy show, or do you feel like Tina and Fey let feminists down with a Bill Cosby joke that some considered to be "a rape joke" at the expense of rape victims?