From Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s cringe-inducing Best Picture mix-up at the Oscars to Sean Spicer’s unexpected appearance at the Emmys, 2017 was certainly an unforgettable year in awards show history — fitting, considering how newsworthy the past year was for Hollywood, overall. Still, no snafu or surprise could possibly top the buzz surrounding the memorable moments of last Sunday’s Golden Globes, many of which are still dominating the top trending topics across social media nearly a week later.
With most actresses in attendance dressed in black to symbolize solidarity and sisterhood in the fight for gender equality in the industry, the star-studded evening seemed to officially ring in the dawn of a new era in Hollywood — one in which women won’t be silenced. A-list guests like Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone ditched their significant others in favour of bringing prominent women’s rights activists along as their dates, while presenters like Natalie Portman and Barbra Streisand weren’t shy to shine an uncomfortable light on historically male-dominated award categories. Then of course there’s the incomparable Oprah Winfrey, who brought the house down with a powerful speech that had the world wondering aloud, “What will she do next — run for President?”
All female-empowerment excitement aside, the evening was also full of winning moments for Toronto’s ever-growing film and television industry. Here are the top three Hollywood North highlights of the night!
- Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director
Leslieville resident and vocal Ontario enthusiast Guillermo del Toro received the Best Director prize for his 10th feature film, The Shape of Water (which was not only shot and edited in the Greater Toronto Area, but also made its worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival). While del Toro didn’t have time to thank everyone involved (even after humorously shooing away the “wrap-it-up” music that crept up toward the end of his acceptance speech), cast and crew members from Toronto and Hamilton can all be proud to have taken part in such a celebrated piece of motion picture art. The Shape of Water was nominated for seven Golden Globe awards in total, also winning composer Alexandre Desplat a trophy in the Best Original Score category.
- Elisabeth Moss dedicates her award to Margaret Atwood
It’s been a huge year for Canada’s longtime literary darling Margaret Atwood, thanks to the massive success of two recent screen adaptations of her original stories (The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and Alias Grace on Netflix/CBC, both of which were cast and filmed in Toronto). The Handmaid’s Tale very nearly swept the Emmy Awards back in September and continued its triumphant streak on Sunday with two more wins. Series star Elisabeth Moss quoted the novel on which the show was based and capped her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series with a sweet and simple “Margaret Atwood, this is for you”, while showrunner Bruce Miller also made fond mention of Atwood while accepting the award for Best Drama TV Series, referring to her as “the mother of us all”.
- Christopher Plummer gets a shout-out
Toronto-born acting veteran Christopher Plummer has been in the news a lot recently for famously replacing Kevin Spacey at the last minute in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World — an impressive feat for which he did receive a nod for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Even though he did not win the Globe, host Seth Meyers made sure to mention Plummer’s acting prowess, joking “Is Christopher Plummer available for [the next season of House of Cards], too?”