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#AskHerMore: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of the 2015 Golden Globes

It was all glitz and glamor at the 2015 Golden Globes… or was it?

Our favorite part of the Golden Globes actually came from an outside source (of sorts). Smart Girls, an organization formed by Globes host Amy Pohler and Meredith Walker and “dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves” asked their Twitter followers for help getting the award show to dig deeper.

Hosts Tina Fey and Poehler wasted no time opening the show with Fey saying “Welcome, you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats,” and doing the usual round of poking fun at the Hollywood types in the audience. They also touched on the North Korea/The Interview situation, remarked on Bill Cosby’s rape allegations by doing terrible impressions, and went for the win by praising the achievements of human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin and casually mentioning husband George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award honor afterward (sidebar: can’t believe they forgot Batman & Robin in that montage).

CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC all went home empty-handed, but The CW and Amazon made history with their first awards – including Gina Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin.

Love, love, love.

Jeffrey Tambor dedicated his win for Amazon’s Transparent to the transgender community. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for your patience. And thank you for letting us be part of the change,” he said. On stage for the show’s win, creator Jill Soloway said “This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn, and too many trans people who die too young.”

In her speech for her The Honourable Woman win, Maggie Gyllenhaal said:

I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are in here and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy, sometimes not. Sometimes honorable, sometimes not. And what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.

In fact, lots of folks took their time in the spotlight to speak up for women’s role in the industry.

However, NBC Host Natalie Morales made the biggest mistake of the night, calling Viola Davis “Shonda,” presumably mistaking the star for the creator of her hit show How to Get Away with Murder. She corrected herself fairly quickly but that didn’t stop her from being skewered on social media (not to mention actress Natalie Morales getting skewered by mistake).

But I’d like to leave you today with some words from the ever-awesome Amy Adams, which came when she spoke to press backstage at the show after her win for Big Eyes.

She was asked what advice she would give to young women looking to pursue acting. “Get off the Internet, don’t read what people write about you,” she said. “Stop listening to outside voices. Listen to your inner voice, develop a really good instinct and intuition.”

Adams went on to say, “Surround yourself with people who are willing to disagree with you and willing to have a great conversation and debate in order to prove their point. Don’t be afraid to be smart, don’t be afraid to be outspoken. Really be an advocate for yourself. Focus on the art. Don’t worry about the celebrity.”

I think this is the kind of question Smart Girls was talking about, don’t you?

Click here for the full list of 2015 Golden Globes winners.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."