The 2018 Golden Globes saw a slight improvement in ratings compared to last years awards ceremony. With Hollywood’s biggest stars dressed in black with ‘Time’s Up’ pins in light of recent sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and more, its no surprise that more viewers tuned in to see what the industry’s top players had to say in terms of igniting change.
As expected, host Seth Meyers had quite a lot to say about the allegations openly taking digs against Weinstein, Spacey and Woody Allen, making it clear that abusive and appropriate behavior by powerful Hollywood figures is not going to be brushed under the rug anymore. Along with with making a powerful statement, the awards show also featured some memorable wins for films including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird and The Shape of Water. In the realm of television, The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won big, along with Ewan McGregor taking the award Best Performance for a Limited Series for Fargo.
A new report on Deadline confirms that the 75th Golden Globes was up 1% over last year’s 74th Golden Globes hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The first set of numbers comes from 56 markets across the country with 13.4/21 metered market result steady with last year. Based on the MM results, it’s expected that this years show may show a rare rise in award show viewership in a year of decline (the recent 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards hit an all-time low).
Considering the allegations that have rocked Hollywood this past year, its no surprise all eyes are on the award shows to see the stars coming together to take a stand against issues that affect everyone worldwide. This years Golden Globes also awarded Oprah Winfrey with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”. This attracted a lot of attention because Oprah is the first African American woman to win the award and she gave powerful and moving speech about sexual assault honoring Recy Taylor, woman who was abducted by six white men and raped in 1944.
With this year’s Golden Globes heading in the right direction in terms of inclusion and representation (despite Get Out being snubbed), it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 2018 Oscars also see a ratings rise if Hollywood chooses to make the ceremony an opportunity for stars to speak out and attempt to make change. In a world where the industry’s highest powers are unfolding under the weight of their inappropriate actions, award shows are turning into a space for action – not just handing out trophies.
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