Los Angeles – The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards became historic and memorable when it featured its first-ever plant-based menu and used glass water bottles instead of plastic ones in the awards show.
As part of its sustainability efforts, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) served its first ever plant-based menu, making it the first major awards show to go all-vegan.
The HFPA is also planning to reuse the new red carpet this year at other events and to reduce waste by using glass water bottles instead of plastic. “We don’t think we’ll change the world with one meal, but we decided to take steps to bring awareness. The food we eat, the way it is processed and grown and disposed of, all of that contributes to the climate crisis,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria.
There were other historic and memorable moments at the Globes, considered the party of the year in Hollywood.
Awkwafina, the 31-year-old rapper-turned-actress, made history when she became the first Asian to bag the Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Musical or Comedy for her performance in Lulu Wang’s critically-acclaimed film, “The Farewell.”
Ramy Youssef, the 28-year-old American-Egyptian, also broke barriers as the first actor of Egyptian descent to win the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his performance in the Hulu comedy series, “Ramy,” which he wrote-created-produced-acted.
“Parasite,” the internationally well-received film by director-screenwriter Bong Joon-ho, bagged the Best Foreign Language Film and became Korea’s first film to win a Golden Globe in that category.
Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, the director of the Philippines’ entry to the Oscars, “Verdict,” was chosen to participate in the HFPA-sponsored second annual Residency Program in partnership with Film Independent. Together with five other directors from various countries, Gutierrez will participate in a three-week program geared at emerging and mid-career filmmakers, created and sponsored by the HFPA as part of its commitment to support emerging film talent from around the world.
Gracing the event this year, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais again for the fifth year, were internationally known fashion designer Michael Cinco, San Diego-based fashion designer Kenneth Barlis, former Balenciaga model-actress-beauty queen Bessie Badilla, beauty queen turned Emmy winning producer Lisa Manibog Lew Brennan, iSkin Spa Beverly Hills owners Richard and Imee Maghanoy and international model Marcelo Olguin.
It was an evening to remember as Cecil B. DeMille awardee Tom Hanks got emotional during his acceptance speech as he talked of his wife, Rita Wilson, and family. Comedienne Kate McKinnon also choked up with emotion when she presented the Carol Burnett Award to Ellen DeGeneres.
Backstage, we were able to interview both Burnett and DeGeneres together. It was a rare precious moment for us and for the online viewers as they revealed their admiration for each other.
On the red carpet scene, Michael Cinco dressed up “Orange is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox in a billowy orange gown for her Warner Bros./InStyle after-party appearance while Alexis “Bong” Monsanto dressed up Olympian legend gold medalist Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee in a pink ruffled number.
Oliver Tolentino, on the other hand, dressed up former Miss Universe Margaret Gardiner in a black sequined gown for her Golden Globe appearance.