The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 2014, were presented yesterday, January 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where they have been held annually since 1961. And the awards show yesterday witnessed quite an amazing and awe-inspiring twist as the Hollywood A-Listers showed support to the victims of recent terror attacks in Paris, France. They held up post cards with the sign Je Suis Charlie
Je suis Charlie – ‘I am Charlie’ is a statement of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine where eight journalists were murdered – along with two policemen and two bystanders – by Islamist fanatics last weekend.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein wrote in a Variety column that he hopes stars use the Golden Globes as a chance to pledge solidarity with French journalists who were killed last week.
‘There’s always champagne on the table. I hope we can all raise glasses and that someone like Tina, Amy or George Clooney will urge us to toast with 300 million viewers around the world: ‘Je suis Charlie, je suis juif, je suis Ahmed,’ he wrote.
Meanwhile, George Clooney, who will receive a lifetime achievement award, wore a lapel pin with the same phrase while his wife Amal Alamuddin had her purse customized with the slogan.
And George Clooney’s wife, Amal, made quite a statement as she used her first Golden Globes red carpet to make a political statement – pinning a ‘je suis Charlie’ button on her Dior handbag in support of France following a series of terrorist attacks last week.
Diane Kruger, Kathy Bates, and Dame Helen Mirren were also part of the stars who showed their support.