Girl Power: Why Women In Show Business Are On Top Right Now

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

What we can learn from the women who ruled the Golden Globes.

From Ben Affleck to Hugh Jackman, many big stars walked away from Golden Globes with awards, but I think there was one clear winner: the women.

During awards season, the hosts are always subject to criticism, from not being totally "there" (ahem, James Franco) to being too offensive (pretty much everyone else). Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler received loud cheers, uncontrollable laughs and rave reviews — The Today Show even called them the funniest Globes hosts ever.

And, the entire country seemed to agree. The 2013 Golden Globes ratings were up by three million from the previous year and drew in the biggest crowd for the show in six years.

The SNL graduates kept it lighthearted, fun and hilarious. On the night that normally feels like it's dragging, the duo had us wishing the show could go on longer. Many of us were left wondering why they had never been asked to host before.

Kristen Wiig made her mark as she took center stage with Will Ferrell in what felt like more of a hilarious SNL skit than award presentation.

Jodie Foster stole the show as she delivered a genuine Lifetme Achievement Award speech that, while confusing at times, was an honest look at her personal life and desire to be understood.

"It" girl Lena Dunham proved she was on top — twice — as she made her way up to the stage for the show she stars in, writes, directs and produces. The Girls creator thanked her fellow nominees for inspiring her, but she also dedicated her award to "every woman who felt like there wasn't a space for her."

The characteristics that set these women apart from their leading lady counterparts are the very things that make their success so satisfying for women everywhere — they're relatable, funny, confident and unconventional. They make us laugh, cry and think. At the Golden Globes, they weren't trying to seduce us with skimpy outfits or hypersexuality. We don't love them for their ideal bodies, red-carpet looks or, in some cases, even their youth; several of the show's standout stars are beyond their prime years — well, by Hollywood standards. 

At a time when society still puts a lot of pressure on women to look, act and be a certain way, let's remember why these strong females made the awards show so enjoyable.

Who is your Hollywood role model?

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