The Golden Globe Awards had plenty of feminist moments last night – from Masters of Ceremony Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to recognizing the show “Transparent.”

The first win ever for an Amazon original program, “Transparent” is the revolutionary TV series about a transgender woman transitioning as an adult with the support of her family. “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, who accepted the Golden Globe for best TV comedy, and leading actor Jeffrey Tambor, who won for best actor in a comedy, dedicated the awards to the trans community. “This is about changing people’s lives,” Tambor said in his speech.

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda also turned the old stereotype that women aren’t funny on its head while introducing Tambor’s award. “It’s nice at last that men are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy,” Fonda said. Tomlin added, “Finally we can put at rest that negative stereotype that men just aren’t funny.”

Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway via Linda Nylind for The Guardian

Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway via Linda Nylind for The Guardian

 

Gina Rodriguez made history when she won best actress in a TV series for “Jane the Virgin,” marking the first Golden Globe for a CW network role written by a woman. The show has been lauded for being “unapologetically Latin.” Even the coveted Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, given to actor George Clooney, was turned into a platform for feminism by Fey, who comically juxtaposed Clooney’s wife Amal Alamuddin’s impressive international resume with Clooney’s lifetime achievement award.

Media Resources: Washington Past 1/12/15; NPR 1/12/15; The Guardian 1/1/15

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