IMPACT

Golden Globe Speeches Highlight Trans Issues, AIDS Epidemic, Civil Rights

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11:  Actress Gina Rodriguez, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for 'Jane t
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Gina Rodriguez, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for 'Jane the Virgin,' poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In a surprising twist, the Golden Globes acceptance speeches weren’t always about winners reciting a litany of agents, managers, and enablers. Instead, the night felt in many ways to be a moving celebration of telling stories that matter, with social justice issues taking center stage in many speeches on Sunday evening.

It put an exclamation point on the idea that stories about race, culture, and identity need to be told and honored in Hollywood. And, watching from home, it felt like a cultural shift was happening, as winner after winner used their time to talk openly about social discrepancies and miscarriages of justice, both past and present.

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