‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Shines at the Golden Globes

PLUS: The best Jewish moments from the awards ceremony.

Last night, Hollywood recognized some of its best films and TV shows of the last year at the annual Golden Globe Awards. Aside from being one of the major ceremonies of the awards season, it was also a major event for the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements that sprung up to address sexual harassment and the unfair treatment of women in Hollywood, and more widely — in all e workplaces. The #metoo movement brought down many Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Spurlock, Mario Batali, Louis C.K., and Israel Horovitz who were accused of sexual misconduct.r.

As an act of solidarity, many of the women attending the Golden Globes wore black to the ceremony and the theme of male privilege and abuse of power was a lingering presence on the red carpet and in many of the  acceptance speeches. “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentleman,” said host Seth Meyers in his opening monologue. “It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s gonna be a good year.”

It was also a good night for the Jews of Tinseltown who took home many wins. Here’s a rundown of the show’s Jewish highlights…

Mrs. Maisel Makes Her Way Onstage:

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon Studios’ new show about a Jewish housewife-turned-stand-up-comic in the late 1950s, won big with the awards for best actress in a TV series - musical or comedy going to Rachel Brosnahan, as well as the statue for best TV series in the musical or comedy categories.

“This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman and I am endlessly proud to be a part of it, but there are so many women's’ stories out there that still need and deserve to be told. So, as we enter this new year, please let’s continue to hold each other accountable and invest in and  and make and champion these stories,” said Brosnahan while accepting her award.

A Bashful Spielberg:

During his opening monologue, Meyers gave a shout out to “The Post,” poking fun at just how many award-worthy aspects it’s got, saying, “‘The Post’ is a film about journalistic integrity, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep…” As he said this, someone came onstage with an armful of Golden Globes to which Meyers replied, “No, not yet. We have to wait.” In response, Spielberg hid his face in his hands as the audience erupted in laughter.

Franco Mic-Blocks Wiseau:

James Franco took home the prize for best performance by an actor in a motion picture in the musical/comedy series thanks to his performance in “The Disaster Artist.” The movie is a biopic about the making of the so-bad-it’s-good “The Room,” which was written, directed, produced, and starred in by the eccentric Tommy Wiseau. Franco invited Wiseau onstage while accepting the award, but as Wiseau reached for the mic, Franco blocked him and proceeded to say his acceptance speech.

Many fans of “The Room” expressed their happiness online that Wiseau had finally made it to an awards show, but were disappointed that he didn’t get to say his piece, speculating on what he wanted to say. The LA Times interviewed him later in the evening when he revealed what he would have said: "If a lot of people loved each other, the world would be a better place to live. "See 'The Room,' have fun, and enjoy life. The American Dream is alive, and it's real."

A Living Legend:

One of the last living members of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Kirk Douglas (now 101) took the stage with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones. The Jewish actor (born Issur Danielovitch) got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Natalie Portman Breaks The Sassometer:

Natalie Portman took the stage with director Ron Howard to announce the award for Best Director. Not holding back on the female-centric focus of the evening, Portman led into the nominees by saying, “Here are the all-male nominees.” Based on Howard and the audience’s reactions, this wasn’t part of the official script, but it was a welcome little addition that underscored the plight and inequality of women in Hollywood.

“I know the night's not over, but for me, Portman's was the climactic moment. Different from a Red Carpet statement or even one of the great speeches—a challenge to the etiquette of the whole occasion,” wrote New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum on Twitter.

Check out our live Twitter coverage of the ceremony: @NYBlueprint.

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