Last night saw the 75th annual Golden Globes kick off award season in Hollywood. But in light of the recent sexual abuse scandal, an underlying theme to the ceremony – which honours the best American film and television of the previous year – shone the spotlight on hugely important topics. Here’s what you need to know…
What were the highlights?
Host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue spared no culprits, addressing the room with “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen” – to a wry laugh from the audience – before taking verbal swipes at Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen, all of whom were absent from the ceremony due to the allegations against them.
However, it was Oprah Winfrey who stole the show during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award – of which she was the first black woman ever to win. “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said in the powerful speech which focused on condemning sexual abuse and racial injustice in the industry and beyond. The talk show host, actress and producer went on to say this new day would be because of “a lot of magnificent women” and “some pretty phenomenal men”, who would take us “to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again”, to applause and a standing ovation from the room.
Why did the stars wear black?
The majority of stars present wore black to honour victims of sexual abuse and many also donned a ‘Time’s Up’ pin showing their support of the campaign launched last week to combat workplace harassment. The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith arrived in matching black tuxedos while stars as young as the cast of Stranger Things also wore all black in support of the cause. Many actresses, including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and Michelle Williams went further, choosing to bring a gender or racial justice activist as their ‘date’ for the night. Laura Dern brought Mónica Ramírez, a female activist who fights sexual violence against farmworkers, while Amy Poehler came with activist Saru Jayaraman, a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers. Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo movement and Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance were also in attendance.
Who were the winners?
Nicole Kidman won best actress for her role in Big Little Lies. The actress, who plays a victim of domestic violence in the show said: “This character that I played represents something that is the centre of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe and I hope that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them.” Meanwhile, Laura Dern won best supporting actress for her role in the show.
The Handmaid’s Tale won best TV series, and Elisabeth Moss won best actress for her role as the series’ lead.
Small-town drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the most awards, taking home those for best motion picture (drama) as well as best screenplay, best supporting actor and best actress (drama) for Frances McDormand.
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