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New Perspectives in the Golden Globes and the Industry

The pandemic situation due to covid-19 was not an obstacle for the awards season, since Hollywood decided to adapt its most important nights to virtual editions.

The Woman Post | Valentina Ibarra

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From their homes, celebrities from around the world showed off their best dresses and energy to celebrate the best products on TV and film at the Golden Globes Awards. The night had many highlights, but without a doubt, women stole the show with their talent and proof that cinema would not be the same without them.

In breakthrough women of the night, we can find Chloé Zhao, who won the Best Director award and becomes the second woman in history to win the category in almost 40 years; Jodie Foster, who kissed her wife right when she won the best-supporting actress award, and the reaction of all the nominated women when Emma Corrin won the category, showing the beauty of women supporting women when their dreams come true. The importance of these acts cannot be denied, as the public demonstration of LGBT + love, women breaking glass ceilings, and mutual support when one of us achieves something big is a very important message for everyone.

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Of course, these incredible milestones are not enough, as the Golden Globes still have a history of leaving the black community, especially women, behind. For example, this is the second time that a black woman has won the award for best actress in a dramatic film. According to the Times Up campaign, the Hollywood Foreign Association does not have a single black member, making it difficult to recognize their talent and contribution to the media. In the year 2021, it is sad that we still have first and second times when it comes to women, especially of color, gaining great accolades within Hollywood. The road ahead is long, but each triumph paves the way for more women to come to break stereotypes.

And someone who has fought for greater inclusion within the industry is Jane Fonda, who this year won the Cecil B. DeMille Awards for Motion Picture Achievement. In her acceptance speech, she mentioned how the stories movies tell can change people, but the industry has been afraid to see her own story.

The story of who was left out, who does not sit at the table where decisions are made. She called for action for everyone's story to be seen and heard, a call for diversity. It is not the first time that she speaks like this, since she even was arrested for protesting Climate Change and demonstrating against the Vietnam War. Within the industry, she has tried to include people who are generally ignored by the media. For example, she accepted her Oscar in 1979 using sign language after the Academy rejected the use of subtitles for the ceremony. We should all follow Jane's example and fight every day for real inclusion within our spaces, especially for women. Traditional schemes are broken by collaboration and the path that powerful women have been opening.