Last night’s Golden Globes was the first Hollywood event since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke last October, prompting the”Me Too” movement that has unearthed damning allegations against Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K, among others.
The 75th edition of the awards didn’t shy away from the recent controversy which has plagued the industry. The award’s host, Seth Meyers, started the night off with cutting jokes about Weinstein and Spacey, while women-led stories swept the awards, with most acceptance speeches touching on the power of the “Me Too” movement.
But of course, Hollywood isn’t completely changed. As Natalie Portman pointed out, not a single woman was nominated for best director, proving that while women’s stories may be successful, we still have a long way to go to achieve gender parity in the industry.
On a brighter note, Oprah and Sterling K. Brown made history with their award wins, and Oprah delivered the ultimate inspirational speech (of course).
Read on to see everything that went down at the award show.
Everyone wore black
Back in December, it was announced that attendees at the Golden Globes would wear black to show solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct in the industry. Later, it was revealed that the move was led by Time’s Up, an initiative created by hundreds of women across Hollywood and beyond, dedicated to fighting sexual harassment and assault.
The group has launched a legal fund to help men and women file legal cases against their harassers. As well as wearing black, many women brought activists as their plus one, including Meryl Streep. She turned up with Ai-jen Poo, who is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Seth Meyers called out Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey
For his opening monologue, Seth Meyers didn’t shy away from Hollywood’s recent controversies. “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” the host began. “It’s 2018: marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn’t.”
Meyers also called out Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, joking that the producer will be “the first person to be booed during the In Memoriam segment.”
Women-focused stories swept the awards
Across both film and TV, women-led stories took most of the awards. Greta Gerwig’s teen comedy, Lady Bird, won Best Motion Picture and Best Actress for a comedy or musical, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri secured awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor in the Drama category.
Meanwhile, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Big Little Lies took home most of the TV awards.
Oprah’s speech was emotional
While accepting her Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award (and becoming the first black woman to do so) Oprah delivered an impassioned speech earning her a standing ovation.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!” Winfrey said.
“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, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
Sterling K. Brown made history
After Sterling K. Brown became the first black man in 19 years to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series last year, the This Is Us actor continued his winning streak, becoming the first black actor ever to win the award for Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama.
While Natalie Portman took a jab at the all-male nominations
While announcing the nominees for Best Director, Natalie Portman went off-script, pointedly announcing, “here are the all-male nominees.”
Barbara Streisand is the only woman to win a directing award at the Golden Globes (for 1984’s Yentl), as the star said while announcing the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama. “That was 34 years ago,” Streisand said. “Folks, time’s up!”
“We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. These are so many films out there that are so good directed by women,” she said.
Get Out and Call Me By Your Name were snubbed
Despite both films being tipped for Oscars and receiving multiple nominations across categories, both Call Me By Your Name and Get Out were passed over for awards.
Tommy Wiseau finally had his Golden Globes moment
Tommy Wiseau joined James Franco on stage as Franco accepted his win for Best Actor in a comedy for The Disaster Artist. Despite being denied the mic by Franco, Wiseau did get a shoutout before the star thanked his brother, Dave, saying, “I always wanted my own Coen brothers, now we have our own Franco brothers.”
See the full list of winners here.
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