While Tina and Amy undoubtedly stole the show at last night’s Golden Globes, some of the winners also caught our attention with their acceptance speeches. We were reminded that as much as TV and movies are for our entertainment, they can also be platforms to deliver messages about important social issues.
These winners used their acceptance speeches to address topical issues.
Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, who may be better known to you as Anna Bates, the lady’s maid in Downton Abbey, won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie. In season 4 of the acclaimed British series, Joanne’s character is brutally raped and forced to remain silent about it due to the stigma around rape at the time.
She used her speech to speak out to rape survivors and let them know that they can be heard.
Maggie Gyllenhaal of The Honorable Woman
Maggie won Best Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie and focused her speech on women in television, noting that the amount of realistic, diverse roles for women has increased making the past year a revolutionary one for the television industry: ‘What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film … it’s what’s turning me on.’ Yes!
Gina Rodriguez of Jane The Virgin
Gina Rodriguez was the underdog nominee in her category of Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical. She beat heavyweights like Lena Dunham and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to the title. Her speech was a teary but inspiring message to underdogs.
Common and John Legend for Selma
Common and John Legend won Best Song for their track “Glory” for the movie Selma. The movie is about the Civil Rights Movement and the protest march led by Martin Luther King Jr in Selma. Common’s speech was a powerful ode to those involved in the march.