With strong speeches and statements of unity, and the red carpet brimming with celebrities in full black to honor victims of sexual assault and harassment, the 75th Golden Globe awards may just be the most powerful one yet. Let us look back on the major highlights of the evening:
1) Oprah Winfrey’s powerful and inspirational speech
Oprah’s moving speech discussed race and gender and the fight for equality, as she accepted the Golden Globes’ annual Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men,” Oprah states. “But their time is up. Their time is up.” Watch the speech video below:
2) Strong Statements
Following that, Barbra Streisand expressed her outrage that she remains as the only woman to win the best director award at the ceremony back in 1984.”Folks, time’s up,” she said. “We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director.”
Even Natalie Portman voiced her concerns, as she presented the best director award, pointedly referring to the “all male nominees”.
2) It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony with stars wearing black to honor victims of sexual harassment.
3) The stunning Nicole Kidman won an award for her role as a victim of domestic violence, dedicating her win to her cast mates, mother and her daughters, stating: “Wow, the power of women.” The full transcript of her speech is below:
“Thank you so much. Thank you. Oh, first of the rank. That means my daughters are still awake. Sunny, Faith, I love you, I’m bringing this home to you, babies. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting us. Thank you to HBO’s Richard Plepler for supporting and committing to us. When I say us, I’m talking about Reese Witherspoon and myself. We did this because of our friendship, our creative union and our support of each other. And I love you. Also, I want to say Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz sat at a table, pledged allegiance to each other and committed to each other and this is ours to share. Wow. The power of women… I speak on behalf of the five of us because we would not be in existence with this show and it wouldn’t be as good as it has been without the mastery of Jean-Marc Vallée, David E. Kelley. And also Liane Moriarty. And I have to say your tenacity is amazing. Thank you.
There’s been people in my life, for decades, if I get a chance to thank them. Susan Batson… Chris Andrews. Wendy Day. All of you. Miranda. Liz. All of you. I love you. And my mama. My mama was an advocate for the women’s movement when I was growing up. And because of her, I’m standing here. My achievements are her achievements. Antonia Kidman, my sister, thank you. Janelle Kidman, for what you fought for so hard. This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe and I hope we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive. Let’s do it. And Keith Urban, when my cheek is against yours, everything melts away. And that is love. I love you so much. God bless and thank you.”
4) The main highlight and talk of the night were campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp, focusing on bringing about change for women around the world.
“Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen. It’s 2018 and marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.” Seth Meyers stated in his opening monologue, as he hosted the show.”For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”