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Stars & shimmer. Couples & couture. Yet, the biggest take away for me from this year’s Golden Globes was the words that were spoken. The way the power of Hollywood & international platform was used to voice stories of women, speak about rape victims, take a dig at Bill Cosby & celebrate the trans community! Still, never deviating from the fun & funny mood of the evening & never making these issues sound frivolous nor being melodramatic about it!

I seriously pray from all my heart that I see a similar scene in a Bollywood Award ceremony soon. It will be such a nice change from homophobic roasts.

Here are my TOP 10 FAVORITE QUOTES from the evening:

1O. By Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

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9. By Amy Adams 

“”It’s just so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice.”

“I’m lucky because I get to stand here tonight with a man who stands beside me, Darren, who would never silence my voice.”

That’s some solid advice- Stop listening to outside voices, and listen to your inner voice. In her acceptance speech Amy Adams highlighted that for women to have their voices heard, it not only takes speaking up; it also takes supportive people who do not shut them down.  It’s high time when stories of women are heard & for this we need everyone to stand by, to listen and to support.

8. By Julianne Moore

 “A happy person was someone who had work and love.”

7. By Gina Rodriques

“Today is a great day. I can & I will. Today is a great day. I can & I did.”

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6. By misty Micheal Keaton

Just the way he got all emotional & rumbled his upbringing in Pennsylvania was so heart warming & inspiring.

5. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler’s Bill Cosby jokes

“In `Into the Woods,’ Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from her tower for her prince and Sleeping Beauty just thought that she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby”

I have always maintained that rape is never funny — but the way Amy Poehler took dig at Bill Cosby, it was clear that making fun wasn’t the intention. I guess by publicly challenging a powerful man, their intention was to give voices to victims of rape everywhere. Kudos for that!

Here’s the full monologue:

4. By Maggie Gyllenhaal celebrating women for being complicated 

 “What I think is new is the roles for actual women in television and film”

“I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately, what I see actually is women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not; sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not. What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.”

In a world that overlooks unattractive women, mocks angry women and puts pressure to be nothing less than perfect, where the worth of a woman is evaluated against sacrifices that she makes, it’s wonderful to hear Maggie assert that flaws don’t make a woman a failure, they just make her human.

3. By very much in love George Clooney

‘Amal, whatever alchemy brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.’

I am a hopeless romantic & the way George Clooney spoke about his wife Amal just melted my heart. It reaffirmed my faith in true love.

I love the humor in the speech, how he spoke of supporting the small films, his ‘brass ring’ comment, reference to Robin Williams in such a positive way, laughing at himself for Monuments’ Men & Gosh! How gorgeous he looked sporting Je suis Charlie pin- supporting free speech. Woot!

2. By Lily Tomlin & Jane Fonda

“Finally, we can put aside that negative stereotype that men aren’t funny!”

With one quote, Lily Tomlin  & Jane Fonda disembowel the annoying myth that women aren’t funny. Totally, heart the satire!

And, my no.1 quote was by Joanne Froggatt

In three simple words, “I heard you”

When Joanne Froggatt mentioned that she had received multiple letters from rape survivors after her rape scene in Downton Abbey, she paid a tribute to them. It gave a platform to their voices when she cited a victim who said that she wasn’t sure why she had written, but that she wanted to be heard. “I heard you,” Froggatt said.

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