Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Her-Storic Golden Globes Ceremony

"It's 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn't," announced Golden Globes host Seth Meyers to begin a her-storic night when the stars wore black or "Time's Up" pins in solidarity with women everywhere.

Everyone's now abuzz with the thought of Oprah Winfrey running for President, following her monumental acceptance speech as the first black woman to take the Cecil B. DeMille award, and Meyers's joke about her running.

If it happens, Oprah wouldn't be the first candidate, or President, with a pot past.

As TokinWoman reported in 2013, Winfrey was asked when she last smoked marijuana on Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" and replied "Uh...1982." Host Andy Cohen then said, "Let's hang out after the show" to which she replied, "Okay. I hear it's gotten better."

In a crowded field including perennial winner Meryl StreepFrances McDormand took a Best Actress Globe for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film also won for Best Motion Picture, Drama (and co-stars Woody Harrelson, who missed the ceremony).

McDormand, who's also won an Oscar (for Fargo), appeared smoking a joint on the cover of High Times magazine in 2003. "I'm a recreational pot-smoker," she said, revealing she first smoked marijuana as a 17-year-old freshman at Bethany College in West Virginia in 1975. She added, "there has never been enough of a distinction between marijuana and other drugs. It's a human rights issue, a censorship issue, and a choice issue." Bravo!

Rachel Brosnahan accepted a trophy from Carol Burnett for portraying a stand-up comedienne in the Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which won Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy. In the series, Brosnahan's character tokes with Lenny Bruce (a stoner girl's dream date). Her character is based in part on Joan Rivers.

Allison Janney won a Supporting Actress prize for her role in I, Tonya, for which Margot Robbie was nominated for playing Tonya Harding. Robbie appeared in a pot-leaf-motif skirt on "Saturday Night Live" and smoked pot onscreen with Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Nicole Kidman, who played Tokin' Woman Gertrude Bell onscreen, won for her role in HBO's Big Little Lies, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was the hottest MILF ever shotgunning her young date in The Rebound (2009), wore green earrings and gave tribute to her father-in-law Kirk Douglas for hiring Dalton Trumbo to write Spartacus.

Susan Sarandon co-presented with her Thelma and Louise co-star Geena Davis, which reminded me of the scene in that movie when the rasta bicyclist gets the cop high.

Erstwhile Tokin' Woman Natalie Portman stated upon presenting for Best Director, "And the all-male nominees are...." which was especially ironic when Lady Bird won for best actress and best comedy film, but its female director Greta Gerwig wasn't nominated. Barbara Streisand (also a Tokin' Woman) was the final presenter, and remarked after she was introduced as the only woman to have won a Golden Globe as best director (for Yentl in 1984), "That was 34 years ago. Folks, time's up." Indeed.

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