I’m sure many people, myself included, were hoping and praying for some high drama at the Golden Globes last night. The moment Elisabeth Moss’ name was called as the winner for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for The Handmaid’s Tale I braced myself for a messy moment. I was disappointed.
Given that Elisabeth is an avowed Scientologist, she’s been called out as a hypocrite in the past for her support of the “church” that has a track record of silencing women, suppressing the press and protecting alleged sexual predators; all things anathema to the feminist themes that drive The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s also a slap in the face to the “Time’s Up” theme of the night. So when she got called I thought somebody might pull a stunt like walking out of the room as Elisabeth did herself when anti-scientology crusader Leah Remini won a Television Critics Award. Sadly, Elisabeth made her acceptance speech with nary a whiff of shame or discomfort.
The Huffington Post reports:
Moss won the award for her role as Offred in Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” adapted into a TV series for Hulu. Her acceptance speech was as breathtaking and powerful as her role in the feminist dystopian story, even if it did sit a little uncomfortably alongside Moss’ membership in the repressive Church of Scientology.
Here’s Elisabeth’s acceptance speech.
Elisabeth Moss: "This is for all the women who were brave enough speak out against intolerance and injustice and fight for equality and freedom in this world." #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/Is3dCMZ2hq
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 8, 2018
Whomp, whomp. No catty pans to Nicole Kidman, no barely audible shouts of “Where’s Shelly!?” from the back of the house, no nothing! Reconciling Scientology with the Time’s Up movement (is that what it is now, a movement? I guess since Oprah spoke it it’s a real thing now and not just a fashion statement) is going to be a tough sell. It they’re cleaning house in Hollywood, they can’t just leave the bloated corpse of L.Ron Hubbard sitting right there in the living room stinking up the joint. It’s unseemly!
Here are some shots of Elisabeth with her shiny Thetan-free Golden Globe.