It was hard not to notice the prominence of women 40 and older at the Golden Globes awards ceremony. In the six categories limited to women, exactly two-thirds of the 30 women nominated were 40 or older. Of these six awards, four were bestowed on the older women.
At 62, Meryl Streep added yet another trophy to her collection. Nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the highest prize—best actress in a motion picture (drama)—she vanquished her four rivals, including the elegant Glenn Close, 64, , who also stars in a television drama; Tilda Swinton, 51; and Viola Davis, 46. All are certainly well past the ingenue stage.
Accepting her award with impromptu remarks, Streep laughingly called attention to her age by observing that she’d left her glasses at her seat and couldn’t read her prepared speech.
Named the best actress in a TV series (comedy or musical), Laura Dern, 44, took it away for Enlightened. She was competing with Laura Linney, 47; Tina Fey, 41; and Amy Poehler, 40. Only Zooey Deschanel is under 40.
It’s hard to believe, at least for me, that the notorious Madonna is now 53. She accepted the award for best original song with her co-writers. “Masterpiece” plays during the end credits of W.E., a film in which Madonna makes her debut as director.
Helen Mirren, 66, looked fabulous and wowed the audience with her standup tribute to Morgan Freeman. The actor was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award. Mirren ribbed Freeman with backhanded but transparent praise.
The Globe for best supporting actress went to Octavia Spencer (39 or 41) for her role in The Help, edging out the competition, which included Janet McTeer, 50, Laura Linney, 47; Tina Fey, 41; and Amy Poehler, 40. Only Zooey Deschanel is under 40.
The honor of being the oldest of the women nominees had to go to the legendary Maggie Smith, 77. But Jessica Lange, 62, trumped Smith and won the prize for best supporting actress in a TV mini-series or movie.
Another septuagenarian, Jane Fonda, 74, made a grand entrance, prompting best-actor winner George Clooney to remark backstage, “Jane Fonda in that dress. My God,” he exclaimed. “She looked great, didn’t she?”
There was no award category that didn’t include at least one woman over 40. Competing for best actress in a TV series (drama) were Madeleine Stowe, 53; Julianna Margulies, 45; and Callie Thorne, 42.
Jodie Foster, 49, was nominated for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical, but she wasn’t able to prevail over her younger rivals. There were also three vying for best actress in a tv mini-series or movie: Elizabeth McGovern, 50; Diane Lane, 46; and Emily Watson, 44.
Long as it is, this is not an exhaustive list of the older women attending the Golden Globes. They are still in their prime, far from being “over the hill.” You go, girls! There’s no stopping us now.