Jane Fonda used her Golden Globes speech to lift others up - and it was awesome

Clara Hill@clara_ish
Monday 01 March 2021 15:02
Showbiz

Jane Fonda with her Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jane Fonda has made a plea to Hollywood to increase storytelling diversity.

While accepting The Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, she celebrated the power of storytelling and how the industry gives certain people “a seat at the table” and how others are “kept out”

“You know, I have seen a lot of diversity in my long life, and at times I have been challenged to understand some of the people I’ve met, but inevitably, if my heart is open and I look beneath the surface, I feel kinship,” she said, speaking about the power of movies to increase empathy towards

She recounted how the nominations increased her understanding of experiences to foreign to the veteran actor; Nomadland, Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Small Acts,” “US vs. Billie Holiday,” “Ma Rainey,” “One Night in Miami” and most pointedly I May Destroy You” has taught me to consider sexual violence in a whole new way.”

Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was considered a critical success and its Golden Globe snub caused some controversy.

Helen Hoehne, Vice President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who stage the awards, said in a speech: “Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the work of artists from around the globe; we recognize we have our own work to do.”

Fonda has a long stretching career, spanning nearly six decades from being involved in a number of classic hits from sci-fi Barberella, revenge comedy 9 to 5 and even a foray into television with Grace and Frankie.

Previous winners of this award range from Sidney Poiter, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks.

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