Golden Globes Recap

Maggie Palmer

Award show recaps are often composed of densely-packed paragraphs that make finding the most relevant information difficult and time-consuming. Well, search no more! The following lists recap the night’s most notable winners, the social movements and contributions recognized, and a few inspiring words to get you through your week.

Notable Winners:

The Golden Globes offer awards for television and movies in almost 30 categories. Listed here are a few of the night’s most noteworthy winners.

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Golden Globe for best drama film. Rami Malek took home the award for best actor for his performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

  • Lady Gaga won for best original song with her hit “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born.”

  • Host Sandra Oh made history with her win for best actress in a TV drama, becoming the first Asian woman to win multiple Golden Globes.

  • Regina King won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in the drama “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Her rousing acceptance speech where she promised to only work in movies that are 50 percent women was one of the most memorable moments of the night.

  • Carol Burnett was presented with the show’s first lifetime achievement award in television, aptly named the Carol Burnett Award.

  • Jeff Bridges received the Cecil B. Demille Award. He joins the ranks of past winners such as Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg.

Movements and Contributions:

  • The Time’s Up movement yet again made a strong appearance at the Golden Globes. Attendees wore pins, bracelets, and ribbons to show their support. Host Andy Samberg and Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Meher Tatna were just two of the noteworthy names who wore Time’s Up regalia to honor the cause.

  • The HFPA pledged over $2 million dollars in grants to news organizations during Sunday’s show. President Meher Tatna stressed the connection between the press and the arts during her time onstage. “The freedom of expression that makes possible your work as creators and our work as journalists is under siege, which is why our mission to establish cultural ties has never been more important,” she said.

Inspiring Words:

  • I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change….Because I see you. And I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.” -Sandra Oh opening Sunday night’s Golden Globes

  • “I challenge you to challenge yourself." -Regina King during her Golden Globe acceptance speech

  • "We're alive, we can make a difference, and we can turn this ship in the way that we want to go." -Jeff Bridges upon receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award

The Golden Globes are often used to forecast winners at next month’s Oscars. However, the Globes sported a variety of winners, and the unfavorably-reviewed Bohemian Rhapsody came out on top with both best actor and best drama. By this precedent, it is difficult to predict who will win big on February 24.

NewFest NYC Experience + Man Made Documentary

Emily Vallario

On October 26, I had the opportunity to view a screening of a documentary called “Man Made” at NewFest, New York City’s LGBTQ+ Film festival. Executive producer Téa Leoni and director T. Cooper created this documentary that took you through the lives of four transgender bodybuilders. Each of the four men were at different stages of their transition, which made it very interesting to watch, as each of them had immensely different experiences. Through each story, you were taken on a journey, both mentally and physically, as they all worked towards their goal: to compete at Trans FitCon. Trans FitCon is the only all trans bodybuilding competition in the world.

The experience as a whole was amazing. I cannot stress enough the impact that the documentary made on me, as well as everyone watching it. The entire audience was moved to tears throughout the screening because of it’s rawness. Director T. Cooper is a trans man himself, which allowed for an even more authentic story because he understands what it means to go through that kind of transition, as he experienced it too. After the screening, T. Cooper, Téa Leoni, and Mason (a subject in the film) went up onto the stage to answer a few questions. T. Cooper said that often times, when someone tries to tell a story about a subject they don’t necessarily identify with, it becomes really difficult because of a “film” acting as a barrier between the truth and the story. To bounce off that answer, I asked what kind of advice they would give to student filmmakers who want to make stories that matter, without getting that “film.” To answer, Téa Leoni said “To be a powerful filmmaker, you have to be willing to be open about what you find and know that it’s not about you. It’s about finding the truth,” later on saying to me personally, “These days people are too scared to be curious, they just want to be right.” This quote has really stuck with me and inspired me to dive into my own direction for storytelling and to create films that I believe to be important.

Afterwords, I was lucky enough to grab a few words with actors, Tim Daly, Erich Bergen, Sara Ramirez, and Téa Leoni. They all had even more positive words about the importance of young people finding their voice and creating films that they are passionate about. Every single person there, was so inclusive, willing to learn and discuss the film’s purpose, and share their experiences. Man Made went on to win Audience Award for a documentary feature at NewFest, and has won 10 other awards at different film festivals around the country during 2018. If you ever get the chance to see it, do it! The film creates conversation and that is one of the most important things we could ask for. The overall feeling of my experience at NewFest was overwhelming inspiration. I had never had that one thing that made me think to myself, “this is what I am meant to do” until now. For those of you reading that are an aspiring filmmaker, get to film festivals!! Experience different kinds of filmmaking and always be willing to learn and get better. For everyone else reading, get to film festivals!! You never know what story could change your perspective.


Two Isn’t Always Better Than One: When Sequels Go Wrong

By Gabrielle Sirois

Some stories are meant to be told continuously over the span of multiple movies, and some stories are only meant to be told in one. Things get messy when we try to turn the latter stories into the former. Often times when a movie becomes popular, executives look for any way to make more of  a profit off of it, even if it means making a sequel when there is no more story to tell. This can leave us with movies that don’t really build on or add any value to the original movie. Here are just some of the examples of sequels that really just didn’t need to be made.

1. Mean Girls 2


There is a reason that the original Mean Girls is as popular as it is today. It starred some of the most popular actresses of their time and was written by Tina Fey, an extremely well-known comedian. On top of that, it was produced by Lorne Michaels, the man behind Saturday Night Live. It is no surprise that with the brain and star power behind it, Mean Girls was able to captivate audiences with its smart and witty humor. It still remains popular and feels fresh to this day, 14 years after its initial release.

Mean Girls 2 was produced as a made for TV movie and released on ABC Family in 2011. I’m not really sure if it can really even be classified as a sequel considering it doesn’t have any actual connections to the original film other than the fact that it takes place at the same high school. The film itself plays like a low-budget remake of the original that lacks all of the talent, humor and charm that made Mean Girls so successful. Predictably, it was not met with good reviews.

2. Any Disney Sequel


Disney movies are a staple of most people’s childhoods. I know there are a lot of people out there that do enjoy the Disney sequels, but the truth is none of them hold a candle to their predecessors. They don’t really take away any value from the original movies since most of them were released straight to DVD, and not actually watched by many people. That being said they don’t really add any value to the original storylines either, which is why they are on this list.

3. Pitch Perfect 2 & 3


The original Pitch Perfect was a sleeper hit. I don’t remember seeing any ads for it on TV or at the movies before it came out. I hadn’t even heard of it until after it came out and my sister suggested that we rent it to watch. After that, however, it suddenly seemed to be everywhere. Everyone was talking about it, listening to the soundtrack and singing the songs at school. My choir even attempted to hold our own riff-off (which ultimately failed) because we loved the movie so much. It had something for everyone: great music, dancing and comedy. Although it was none of its leads first movie role, it did seem to be what launched them all into stardom and made them the big names they are today.

With the Pitch Perfect sequels, it isn’t so much that they didn’t need to be made, its more that they shouldn’t have been made the way they were. When Pitch Perfect 2 was announced, everyone was excited. The first movie had ended in the perfect way to set up a sequel, there were so many possibilities of where the story could go following the first film. My friends and I got tickets to see it the week it was released. However, when we saw the movie, it just didn’t live up to our expectations. It wasn’t horrible, but they could have taken it in so many different, better directions. It had all of the potential and opportunity to be great, but that was all squandered. Overall, the music wasn’t as good as the original, the plot was strange, and the writing and comedy just weren’t where they should have been.

There isn’t really anything to say about Pitch Perfect 3 other than it was flat out not good and shouldn’t have been made at all.  

4. Grease 2


I am going to start this off by saying that I actually love Grease 2 (unpopular opinion, I know). Yes, I know it is cheesy, but I think it is fun and I actually do like the songs. Despite that, there is no denying that it is an awful sequel. Much like Mean Girls 2, I don’t really think it can be considered a sequel because it doesn’t attempt to carry on the story from the original movie at all. It attempts to make a connection to the first movie by making the leading man, Michael, Sandy’s cousin and by keeping the character of Frenchy from the first film. Other than that there is no mention of the events of the original film.

For a movie as popular as Grease, when you announce a sequel, people are going to expect and want to see the story of all of their favorite characters continued. Since Grease 2 made no attempt to do this, I had to put it on this list. I personally think it should be categorized as a Grease companion film, and it probably would have been better if it had been marketed as such, rather than as a sequel.

5. Jaws and Jurassic Park Sequels


I’ve lumped Jaws and Jurassic Park together for two reasons. The first being that they are very similar movies. They are both monster(ish) attack thrillers directed by Steven Speilberg. They both had profound impacts on the film industry, and are widely regarded as two of the greatest movies of all time.

The second reason that I have lumped them together, is because I view their sequels in exactly the same way. There are only so many time times you can fight the same monster before it starts to get old, and I think in the case of both of these movies, one time is perfect. All sequel attempts for both of these films seem stale because it feels like you are just watching the same story over and over again, except worse. The original films were so great because everything was new and you didn’t know what was going to happen next or how things were going to end. With the sequels, you pretty much already know what is going to happen because of the original film, so you lose that sense of excitement and suspense that drew viewers into the original films.

Overall, when a sequel is done well it builds upon the original story in a way that is meaningful. It adds dimension and value to the original film. Sequels should only be made if there is still story left to tell, not just to profit off an existing movie.