It was women power all the way at the Golden Globe Awards this year with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri , a film about a mother avenging the rape and murder of her daughter, emerging as the night’s top success. Oprah’s Winfrey’s rousing speech, a black red carpet and more power to the ‘Time’s Up’ movement took centrestage. The Golden Globes this year was all about gender equality and more.
“It’s not a fashion statement. It’s a solidarity statement,” said The Crown actress Claire Foy.
A look at who said what during the momentous evening.
It was a night for reckoning crowned by Oprah Winfrey’s barn-raiser of a speech proclaiming “Their time is UP!”. She ended her speech, in which she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, with a call to young girls. “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she said. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women ... 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.”
“It’s been a difficult year for our industry,” Reese Witherspoon, one of the champions of the Time’s Up initiative and the idea to wear black to the awards, said backstage with her “Big Little Lies” co-stars. “I think there was a collective feeling that it wouldn’t be business as usual.”
“May we teach all of our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our new North Star,” said Laura Dern, accepting her Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, for ‘Big Little Lies’.
Several actresses, including Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and Emma Watson, brought social activists with them, to focus on real-life solutions to gritty problems far from Hollywood. “We feel emboldened in this particular moment,” Streep said, “to stand together in a thick black line dividing then from now.” In the photo, Streep (left) is seen with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
This image shows presenter Barbra Streisand at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. She took a jab at the Globes, noting that she’d been the only woman to have won best director in 1984. “That was 34 years ago, folks. Time’s up!” she said.
On an evening recognizing women in Hollywood, it was apt to have Thelma and Louise, aka Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, present an award. Davis is a longtime advocate for gender equality in film, humourously noted that the men in the category they were presenting had agreed to give half their salary back “so the women can make more than them.”
Actor Gary Oldman poses with the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. Oldman also wears a ‘Time’s Up’ pin.
Amazon’s recently debuted “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1950s housewife who takes up stand-up comedy, won best TV series comedy, and best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.