The 2019 Golden Globes marks one year since attendees signaled their commitment to fighting sexual misconduct and inequity in the workplace by donning Time’s Up pins and bringing activists — including Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, and Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance — to the ceremony as their guests.
Since last January, protests on the red carpet have mostly waned, and tonight’s red carpet was also apolitical.
Lady Gaga arrived wearing a periwinkle couture Valentino gown and Giuseppe Zanotti platform heels, and discussed her evolution from musician to actress. (She is nominated for best actress in a motion picture, drama for her role in “A Star Is Born.”)
“I discovered something in working on this film and it’s something called alchemy,” Lady Gaga said. “I learned a lot about going to the nectar of your being,” she added, explaining that acting, for her, was about tapping into “something I had already in me.”
Idris Elba, whose appearance on the Coachella lineup was announced to much surprise last week, discussed his musical leanings on the red carpet. “I play house,” Mr. Elba said. “I’ve been DJing all my life. I’m going to rock Coachella. I can’t wait.”
Isan Elba, Mr. Elba’s 17-year-old daughter, is this year’s Golden Globe ambassador, a role that goes to celebrity offspring every year (past ambassadors include Dakota Johnson, Rumer Willis, and Sylvester Stallone’s three daughters Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet, but the role was previously called Miss or Mr. Golden Globe in the past). What advice did Mr. Elba have for Isan? Keep your back straight, smile and nod politely, and “if you feel like you’re going to pass out, don’t,” he said. Thanks, dad!
What does Charlize Theron want to say to Emily Blunt, her friend and fellow nominee in the category for best actress in a musical or comedy? “I’ll meet you in the back alley.”
Huh? Ms. Theron explained: After the nominations were announced, Ms. Theron sent Ms. Blunt a drawing by one of her children that depicted the two women as ice queens fighting each other, and said, “This is going to be us at the Globes.” The actresses played sisters at war with each other in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” But off screen? Ms. Theron said: “We’re sisters. It’s for life.”
Debra Messing said she was the sole representative from “Will & Grace” at the Globes. Ms. Messing, who has been nominated nine times, including this year, but has never won, distilled what takes place at the event into several words: “We drink. At the Golden Globes that’s what you do. You drink.”
Rami Malek, wearing Givenchy, answered why he thinks he was cast as Freddy Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is nominated for best motion picture, drama: “I think it was a little bit of the mischief I have going on behind my eyes,” said Mr. Malek, who is also nominated for best actor in a motion picture, drama for the role.
Carol Burnett, a 16-time Golden Globe nominee and five-time winner, will now have an award named after her. “I guess now I’ll have to keep my name,” Ms. Burnett said. On the red carpet, Ryan Seacrest asked about how it might feel to see the award given out annually. “Maybe they’ll give it to me every year,” Ms. Burnett said. “I don’t know.”
Wearing a custom Vera Wang dress with a long train, Alison Brie talked about an Instagram video of her doing pull-ups with a 25-pound weight wrapped around her hips — part of the training she does for her role in “GLOW,” for which she was nominated for best actress in a television series, musical or comedy. When she joined the Netflix series, Ms. Brie knew she’d have to up the ante on her workouts. “I wanted to get really strong,” she said. “We do all our own stunts, we do our own wrestling moves.”