2019 Golden Globes Winners: Sandra Oh and Queer Red Carpet Looks

Sandra Oh won a Golden Globe last night for the stunning, brilliant first season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve, and Sandra Oh also just won the Golden Globes last night. Her charm and wit an earnestness were the only things that kept the show grounded. During her acceptance speech, the Globes co-host hoisted her trophy in the air and shouted “KILLING EVE!!!” but she also thanked her mother and father, in tears, in Korean. She snagged an Emmy in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2006 for her work on Grey’s Anatomy, but this is the first time she’s won in the Best Actress category, and only the second time an Asian American has taken home the award in the category, full stop. Oh recognized the significance of the moment in her opening monologue, noting nominations not only for her, but for Roma, Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, and If Beale Street Could Talk.

“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here, to look out onto this audience and witness this moment of change,” she said. “I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different and probably will be. But right now, this moment is real.”

That moment also included a supremely deserved win for Beale Street‘s Regina King, who used her acceptance speech to promise all her movies would include at least 50 percent women moving forward; a rightfully earned win for The Favourite‘s Olivia Colman, who thanked Melissa McCarthy for “the sandwiches” and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for being “her bitches”; a frankly shocking win by Glenn Close, who beat out Lady Gaga and “joked” that the reason it took 14 years for her movie to get made was because it’s called The Wife; Carol Burnett holding the audience in the palm of her hand as she accepted the inaugural Carol Burnett Award; and Alfonso Cuarón winning twice for Roma.

Everything else was more of the same: Lots of POC and women presenters and some really important and merited nominations; white people (mostly men) taking home the majority of he trophies.

Oh’s comment that “next year could be different and probably will be” didn’t seem like a direct callback to last year’s Globes, where Hollywood’s most famous actresses stormed the red carpet in all black, talking #MeToo and bringing women activists as their dates, but she could have been. Less than a year after being accused of harassment and abuse by an E! stylist, Ryan Seacrest continued to smarm his way up and down the red carpet sporting a — you guessed it! — Time’s Up bracelet. (Regina King was the only winner to even mention Time’s Up on stage.) Equally problematic and delusional and a slap in the face to their roots: Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody taking home Best Picture honors.

But Oh was right, of course, that the nominations do matter; that the presenters do matter; and that while Hollywood remains a place where Billy Porter could lose to Richard Madden, the oppressive systems that prop up that bullshit are being challenged in small and consistent ways, and opportunities for generational talents like herself are opening up and allowing for long-deserved recognition.

The other real winners of the night were the looks served by the queer folks in attendance.

View this post on Instagram

Queen & Queen

A post shared by Lena Waithe (@lenawaithe) on

View this post on Instagram

Coming soon 🥰

A post shared by IAM (@indyamoore) on

View this post on Instagram

Busy Tonight

A post shared by Rhea Butcher (@rheabutcher) on

View this post on Instagram

@janellemonae you are LIFE!! LOOOVE YOU!

A post shared by Dominique T.A.R Jackson (@dominiquet.a.r.jackson) on

I never expected an elevator to be gayer than the one on Grey’s Anatomy. Maybe things really do change.

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 835 articles for us.

17 Comments

  1. Yesss, I watched practically the whole thing and came to similar conclusions–except for Sandra Oh, Regina King and Olivia Coleman, I was disappointed by the (old, white) winners.
    However, LENA WAITHE AND HALLE BERRY HELD HANDS ON STAGE while presenting an award, and that is a win for my heart.

  2. I didn’t actually watch the Golden Globes because I was too busy finishing Killing Eve. I finally had time this weekend to start a new show and picked that one and then I binged the whole season in two nights! Oh’s win was very deserved, she was phenomenal.

    Now I need to go watch her opening monologue & acceptance speech & Regina’s speech.

    PS – I think Indya Moore is my favorite look of the night. Pure 🔥

  3. When my mom saw Janelle presenting she gasped and said “What a gorgeous woman.” I looked at my mom and thought, wow, we stan a supportive mother in law!

    I think I died when I saw Lena Waithe’s look only to resurrect and die again when she got on stage holding hands with Halle Berry.

    I want Billy Porter’s cape. I’d like to pair it with vulva pants.

  4. Loved Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, my unproblematic straight faves. Other highlights:
    – Janelle Monae being perfect
    – Rachel Weisz looking regal with that black and white dress
    – Yalitza Aparicio being super excited to be there, I love that woman so much.
    – Amy Adams not winning anything was a disgrace
    – It was so cringey when Green Book won and it was a bunch of white people saying we should all get along and bake a cake of rainbows and smiles.

    Overall there were few good things and the show itself was pretty uneventful.

  5. So psyched that Olivia Colman got best actress for The Favourite though I wish the movie got more accolades because it was so insanely brilliant. I’ve seen it three times already and it still shocks and delights me to no end. Here’s hoping it scoops up more awards at the Oscars.

    On the other hand, I’m bummed that A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns didn’t get the recognition it deserved. Both movies were stellar in their own right.

  6. Richard Madden is a boring actor and the bodyguard was problematic and how could he have won against fabulous Billy Porter?!!!!

    Also wtf did Netflix buy all the votes for Kominsky method? How did this get best tv comedy???

  7. sooooo… my wife and I are finally catching up and finishing watching the Golden Globes, and did anyone else spy the besuited person with the kinda queer-ish haircut sitting at the table with Amy Adams?? I’ve been furiously googling and can’t figure out who this is 🤔

Contribute to the conversation...

You must be logged in to post a comment.