A formidable mash-up of touchy topics passed through this year’s Golden Globes both at the podium and backstage — as could be expected in a year where many awards hopefuls kicked up some kind of controversy.
“Zero Dark Thirty” actress winner Jessica Chastain said she embraced the pic’s torture scene controversy as a means to create dialogue.
“For me, being involved in a film that creates a conversation is really wonderful,” said Chastain, who went on to champion helmer Kathryn Bigelow. “By leaving a question unanswered, she started the conversation. I see films as art, and if a piece of art does that, then I think it’s done its job.”
Likewise, “Django Unchained” supporting actor winner Christoph Waltz addressed the recent dust-up surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era oater saying, “If you a take on a controversial subject, you better be willing to have a controversial discussion.”
Tarantino, who picked up screenplay honors, lived up to his provocateur persona by dropping the n-word backstage.
“If somebody out there is addressing (the film’s controversy) when it comes to the word … that I was using it more than they were in Antebellum south, then they would have a point. But they’re not saying that.”
Polarizing subjects were represented on the TV side as well.
Julianne Moore, who completed her winning streak for made-for-TV-movie “Game Change,” addressed the power of the media, specifically, during the 2008 Presidential election, when the GOP’s surprise choice for VP was Sarah Palin. Moore said Palin wasn’t prepared for the office, a theme that reverberated through the media during the campaign.
“I do think what (Tina Fey) and Katie Couric did back in 2008, in some way, changed the election.”
Though the lack of an election cycle toned down the onstage politics talk, “Game Change” director Jay Roach took the opportunity for an Obama victory plug.
“It’s great that we’re paying more attention to politics,” Roach said in his acceptance speech. “It’s been a good year for that, obviously.”