Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN
Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. Frederic J

Golden Globes awards put solidarity on the red carpet



After a streak of sexual assault allegations toppled such industry giants as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, the eyes of the world descended on Hollywood for the 75th annual Golden Globes. The atmosphere was sombre, the outfits funereal. A number of stars brought race and gender equality activists, including Tarana Burke, the founder of the "Me Too" movement which calls out sexual harassment. Others promoted the "Time's Up" initiative, which supports victims. Oprah Winfrey made a speech so rousing it spurred calls for a presidential run. Throughout, hope and introspection abounded.

Yet concrete change is more elusive where discrimination is concerned. Accepting a lifetime achievement award, Winfrey recalled Sidney Poitier’s Oscar win in 1964, the first awarded to a black actor. “I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that,” she said. More than five decades later, Winfrey, winner of an honorary Oscar in 2011, had just become the first black woman to win the Cecil B Demille award at the Golden Globes. Sterling K Brown and Aziz Ansari became the first black and Asian actors respectively to win awards in their categories.

The sentiments encapsulated by the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" campaigns transcend Hollywood. With more women coming forward in the US, influential heads have rolled. The movements have had unexpected consequences far and wide. On Monday, BBC China editor Carrie Gracie published an open letter of resignation, citing a "secretive and illegal pay culture" that favours men. She will no doubt galvanise others. Wage inequality remains a persistent and damaging fact of the contemporary workplace.

Political stances are not new to Hollywood. In 1973, Marlon Brando declined an Academy Award, sending activist Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to highlight the industry’s mistreatment of Native Americans. In 2017, best documentary winner Ezra Edelman dedicated his Oscar to victims of police violence. The year before that, Leonardo DiCaprio demanded action on climate change in his victory speech.

Ultimately, these statements yielded very little. But with more participants, shifting public opinion, social media vigour and clear relevance for women worldwide, the prevalent mood at the Golden Globes has more potential to take hold. And given the sway of Hollywood’s luminaries in the US and abroad, onlookers would be advised to curb their scepticism. Times may well be changing.

Army of the Dead

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera

Three stars

if you go

The flights

Fly to Rome with Etihad (www.etihad.ae) or Emirates (www.emirates.com) from Dh2,480 return including taxes. The flight takes six hours. Fly from Rome to Trapani with Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) from Dh420 return including taxes. The flight takes one hour 10 minutes.

The hotels

The author recommends the following hotels for this itinerary. In Trapani, Ai Lumi (www.ailumi.it); in Marsala, Viacolvento (www.viacolventomarsala.it); and in Marsala Del Vallo, the Meliaresort Dimore Storiche (www.meliaresort.it).

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It serves as a place where companies, businesses, universities, healthcare providers and government agencies can collaborate, offering a platform where they can connect and work together on healthcare innovation.
Its partners work on technological innovation, new forms of diagnostics and other methods to make a difference in healthcare.
Its agency consists of eight people, four innovation managers and office managers, two communication advisers and one director. It gives innovation support to businesses and other parties in its network like a broker, connecting people with the right organisation to help them further

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