8 Jan 2018

Globes stars don black to highlight sexual harassment

7:00 pm on 8 January 2018

The normally glittering red carpet at the 75th Golden Globes was awash in black this afternoon.

Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey with the Cecil B DeMille Award. She was praised for her speech which addressed recent sexual harassment scandals sweeping Hollywood.

Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey with the Cecil B DeMille Award. She was praised for her speech which addressed recent sexual harassment scandals sweeping Hollywood. Photo: AFP

Held at the luxurious Beverly Hilton in California, the globes kick off film award season. This 75th edition was also the first major ceremony since Hollywood was hit by a raft of sexual harassment scandals.

Stars of television and screen wore black to the event in protest against sexual harassment and misconduct as part of the Time's Up initiative launched this week to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

See below for the full list of winners

One of the evening's highlights was Oprah Winfrey making history by receiving the prestigious Cecil B DeMille Award.

Winfrey is the first black woman to be honored since the award's inception in 1952.

While receiving the trophy, Winfrey delivered a goosebump-inducing speech that received several standing ovations, and hammered home the message underpinning the evening's events.

"I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon," Ms Winfrey told the crowd amid rapturous applause.

"And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men."

Speaking about the wider aims of the initiative, actor Debra Messing told to E! entertainment channel: "We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay".

She also expressed shock that the channel's female hosts don't receive the same remuneration as its male presenters.

And despite attempts from red carpet reporters to discuss something else, actors kept on-message.

However, E! Wasn't quite playing ball and cut away to frock-shots while Michelle Williams' date, activist Tarana Burke, spoke about her work with the #metoo campaign.

Williams wasn't the only one to bring an activist to the globes with Marai Larasi, Rosa Clemente, Ai-jen Poo, Mónica Ramírez, Calina Lawrence, Saru Jayaraman and Billie Jean King coming as dates.

It wasn't just the ladies calling for change, with Denzel Washington notably throwing his support behind the movement.

Justin Timberlake also got involved and put on a Time's Up pin - but not everyone was impressed.

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey was content to sit back and *sip tea* and watch it all unfold.

The discussion around sexual abuse and harassment didn't stop at the doorway, with host Seth Meyers taking aim at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein during the ceremony's opening minutes.

"Harvey Weinstein isn't here tonight because, well, I heard rumors that he's crazy and difficult to work with," he said.

"Don't worry, he'll back in 20 years. He'll be the first person ever booed during the In Memoriam."

The opening monologue also saw Meyers rope in Amy Poehler for a gag where she temporarily stole the limelight.

"I do the setup, you do the punchline," Meyers instructed Poehler.

"Oh, is that how it works? You're explaining something I already know. Is this the mansplaining part of the evening?" Poehler quipped.

As the evening rolled on and awards were dished out, many actors had important messages to share.

Nicole Kidman was the first actor to pick up an award (handed out by Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot) and served up a tear-jerking acceptance speech that had Reese Witherspoon - and most of Twitter - in full agreement.

Meanwhile Elizabeth Moss threw a huge nod to author Margaret Atwood when accepting the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her work on The Handmaid's Tale.

And of course, like any awards ceremony, there was also a fair share of controversy.

Some viewers questioned James Franco's past after he picked up the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for his work in The Disaster Artist.

The globes caught some heat over its long-standing lack of diversity, after Sterling K Brown became the first African American man to win Best Actor in a TV Series.

And Natalie Portman made sure that everyone was aware that all the nominees for Best Director were men with a very pointed introduction.

Golden Globe winners full list

  • Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie - Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture - Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy - Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Best Actress, Television Series, Drama - Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Best Actor, Television Series, Drama - Sterling K Brown, This Is Us
  • Best Television Series, Drama - The Handmaid's Tale
  • Best Supporting Actor, Television Series - Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
  • Best Original Score - Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
  • Best Original Song - 'This Is Me', The Greatest Showman
  • Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy - James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Best Supporting Actress, Television Series - Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Best Animated Feature - Coco
  • Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture - Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Best Screenplay - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Foreign Language Film - In the Fade
  • Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie - Ewan McGregor, Fargo
  • Best Television Series, Comedy - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy - Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Best Director - Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Best Limited Series or Television Movie - Big Little Lies
  • Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy - Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy - Lady Bird
  • Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama - Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  • Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama - Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Motion Picture, Drama - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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