Golden Globes 2018: Sexual harassment scandal dominates ceremony

Powerful speeches and statements of unity have dominated the 75th Golden Globe awards. It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony since the film industry was hit by sexual harassment scandals, with stars wearing black to honour victims. Oprah Winfrey summed up the mood, saying 'a new day is on the horizon' as she collected an honorary award.
Oprah Winfrey's speech was a memorable highlight for many. (Net photo)
Oprah Winfrey's speech was a memorable highlight for many. (Net photo)

Powerful speeches and statements of unity have dominated the 75th Golden Globe awards.

It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony since the film industry was hit by sexual harassment scandals, with stars wearing black to honour victims.

Oprah Winfrey summed up the mood, saying "a new day is on the horizon" as she collected an honorary award.

The big film winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which took home four awards.

It won the best film drama award, with its star Frances McDormand also picking up a trophy for best actress.

The Oscar-winning actress stars as a grieving mother who challenges police over the fact her daughter's killer has not been found.

Big Little Lies won the most awards in the television categories, including honours for its stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard. It was also named best limited TV series.

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The first Golden Globe award of the night went to one of Hollywood's most powerful women, Nicole Kidman, for her performance in HBO's The Big Little Lies.

'Power of women'

Kidman won the first award of the night for her role as a victim of domestic violence.

She dedicated her win to her castmates, daughters and mother, saying: "Wow, the power of women."

The Golden Globes are organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as an indicator of which films are likely to do well at the Oscars, which take place on 4 March.

The main focus on the night was on the current atmosphere in Hollywood and campaigns like Me Too and Time's Up, which are focused on bringing about change for women not only in the entertainment industry but also around the world.

Many winners and presenters at the Beverly Hills ceremony addressed the ongoing scandal - with host Seth Meyers setting the tone with his opening monologue.

"Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen," he told the gathered stars of film and TV, before saying: "It's 2018 and marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn't.

"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."

It was Oprah whose speech had the biggest reaction, with stars applauding and rising to their feet.

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Speaking as she was awarded the honorary Cecil B DeMille trophy - the first black woman to get the honour - she said: "Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!"

The theme was echoed by Laura Dern, winner of a best supporting actress for Big Little Lies, who said: "Many of us were taught not to tattle.

"It was a culture of silencing, and that was normalised... May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new North Star."

Barbra Streisand used her presenting slot to express outrage that she remains the only woman to win the best director award at the ceremony - and that was back in 1984.

"Folks, time's up," she said. "We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director."

Greta Gerwig, whose directorial debut Lady Bird was named best musical or comedy film, could be seen being hugged by her film's star, Saoirse Ronan, as Streisand made her comments.

Gerwig was not nominated in the directing category - an award won by The Shape of Water's Guillermo del Toro - but neither was any woman.

It was a fact that did not escape Natalie Portman's notice as she presented the best director award, pointedly referring to the "all male nominees".

In the TV categories, The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel did well, with two awards each.

Elisabeth Moss, named best actress in a TV drama for The Handmaid's Tale, dedicated her win to author Margaret Atwood, whose book is the source material for the series.

After reading a quote from Atwood, she told the audience: "We no longer live in the gaps... we are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves."

They were apt words for a night when Hollywood seemed determined to turn a new page.

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British actor Gary Oldman with his award.
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Elisabeth Moss received her award for her role in The Handmaid's Tale. 
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Best actor in a comedy or musical went to James Franco for his performance as the infamous 'The Room' filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. Net.

Golden Globes 2018: Full list of winners

All the winners at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, held in Los Angeles on 7 January 2018.

Film categories

Best motion picture - drama

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture - drama

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - drama

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture - comedy or musical

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - comedy or musical

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Alison Janney, I, Tonya

Best director - motion picture

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Best screenplay - motion picture

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best animated film

Coco

Best foreign language film

In the Fade

Best original score - motion picture

The Shape of Water

Best original song - motion picture

This Is Me - The Greatest Showman

Television categories

Best television series - drama

The Handmaid's Tale

Best television series - comedy

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Best actor in a television series - drama

Sterling K Brown, This is Us

Best actress in a television series - drama

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Best actor in a television series - musical or comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Best actress in a television series - musical or comedy:

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television:

Big Little Lies

Best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television:

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television:

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies. 

 

 

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