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With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Oprah Winfrey led the charge.

“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” said Winfrey, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. “But their time is up. Their time is up!”

More than any award handed out Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, Winfrey’s moment – one greeted by a rousing, ongoing standing ovation and that left many attendees and viewers in tears — encapsulated the “Me Too” mood at an atypically powerful Golden Globes. The night served as Hollywood’s fullest response yet to the sexual harassment scandals that have roiled the film industry and laid bare its gender inequalities.

“A new day is on the horizon!” promised Winfrey, who noted she was the first black woman to be given the honor.

With a cutting stare, presenter Natalie Portman followed Winfrey’s speech by introducing, as she said, “the all-male” nominees for best director.

The movie that many consider speaks most directly to the moment – the revenge dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about a mother avenging the rape and murder of her daughter — emerged as the night’s top film. It won best picture, drama, best actress for Frances McDormand, best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and best screenplay for writer-director Martin McDonagh.

McDormand granted she was befuddled at the identities of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but gave them credit. “At least they managed to elect a female president,” she said. McDormand added that the evening has a special feeling.

“Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food,” said McDormand.

The Globes also took on a new role – home of reruns. Seven of the 11 television awards went to actors or programs that were honored with Emmys four months ago. An eighth winner, Aziz Ansari, won an Emmy in 2016.

“I genuinely didn’t think I was going to win because all of the web sites said I was going to lose,” he said.Host Seth Meyers opened the night by diving straight into material about the sex scandals. “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” he began. In punchlines on Weinstein – “the elephant not in the room” — Kevin Spacey and Hollywood’s deeper gender biases, Meyers scored laughs throughout the ballroom, and maybe a sense of release.

“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,” said Meyers.

The first award of the night, perhaps fittingly, went to one of Hollywood’s most powerful women: Nicole Kidman, for her performance in HBO’s “The Big Little Lies,” a series she and Reese Witherspoon also produced. She chalked the win up to “the power of women.”

“Let’s keep the conversation alive,” Kidman said. Later, Kidman’s co-star on the show, Laura Dern, took home the best supporting actress TV award.

“Big Little Lies” won a leading four awards, including best limited series and best supporting actress for Laura Dern. Like seven other female stars, Dern walked the red carpet with a women’s rights activist as part of an effort to keep the Globes spotlight trained on sexual harassment. Dern was joined by farmworker advocate Monica Ramirez, Michelle Williams with “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke, and Meryl Streep with domestic worker advocate Ai-jen Poo.

“May we teach all of our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our new North Star,” said Dern, accepting her Globe.

Other winners continued the theme. 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. Elisabeth Moss, accepting an award for her performance in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” movingly dedicated her award to Margaret Atwood, whose book the show is based on, and the women who came before her and after her. “The Handmaid’s Tale” later added the award for best TV series, drama.

“We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print,” said Moss, referencing Atwood’s prose. “We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the stories in print and we are writing the stories ourselves.”

Hollywood’s awards season is seen as wide open, and a handful of movies came away with big wins.

Greta Gerwig’s mother-daughter tale “Lady Bird” won best picture, comedy or musical, and best actress for Saoirse Ronan. Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fantasy “The Shape of Water” won for its score and del Toro’s directing. The emotional Mexican-born filmmaker wiped back tears and managed to quiet the music that urged him off.

Notably left empty-handed was Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele’s horror sensation “Get Out” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” which Meyers, alluding to its awards-season bona fides, feigned to present an armful of Globes before the show even started.

The Globes had long been the stomping grounds of disgraced mogul Weinstein, whose downfall precipitated allegations against James Toback, Kevin Spacey and many others. Weinstein presided over two decades of Globes winners and was well-known for his savvy manipulation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 89-member group that puts on the Globes.

Though it bills itself as Hollywood’s biggest party, the Golden Globes stroke a slightly more formal, Oscar-like tone, complete with moments of appreciation for movie legends. Kirk Douglas, 101, appearing with his daughter-in-law, Catherin Zeta-Jones, received a warm standing ovation.

Best actor in a comedy or musical went to James Franco for his performance as the infamous “The Room” filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. Franco dragged his co-star and brother, Dave, to the stage and called up Wiseau. When the Wiseau, wearing his trademark sunglasses, got to the stage, he moved for the microphone before Franco turned him back. “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” said Franco as the audience chuckled.

Red carpet: Black attire, solidarity dominate Golden Globes

Gary Oldman, considered by some to be the best actor front-runner, won for his Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” edging out newcomer Timothee Chalamet (”Call Me By Your Name”) and Tom Hanks (”The Post”).

Other early awards continued the theme of female empowerment. Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a TV series musical or comedy for the recently debuted “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Elisabeth Moss, accepting an award for her performance in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” movingly dedicated her award to Margaret Atwood, whose book the show is based on, and the women who came before her and after her. “The Handmaid’s Tale” later added the award for best TV series, drama.

“We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print,” said Moss, referencing Atwood’s prose. “We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the stories in print and we are writing the stories ourselves.”

Guillermo del Toro took home the best director Golden Globe Award for his Cold War fairy tale “The Shape of Water.” The film has become of the front-runners for best picture at March’s Academy Awards. The movie also won for its score. 

Del Toro’s acceptance speech, which was interrupted by the orchestra at one point, was an ode to his love affair with monsters. He thanked the film’s cast, before continuing: “My monsters thank you.”

The category was dominated by male directors, which drew criticism since 2017 featured several acclaimed films from female directors, including “Wonder Woman,” ‘’Lady Bird” and “Mudbound.” 

Best animated film went to the Pixar release “Coco.” Pixar co-founder John Lasseter is taking a “six-month sabbatical” after acknowledging “missteps” in his workplace behavior. Backstage Sunday, “Coco” director Lee Unkrich was asked about changes at Pixar. “We can all be better,” he said. “We have been taking steps and continue to move forward to create art.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sterling K. Brown won the best television drama actor Golden Globe Award for his role on “This is Us,” making history by becoming the first African American to win that category. Brown opened his speech by remarking on Winfrey’s presence in the room before quickly saying he needed to thank his wife before he forgot. Brown profusely thanked “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman for engaging in colorblind casting and giving him great material to work with.

“You wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man,” Brown said. “I’m being seen for who I am.”

Sunday night’s black-clad demonstration was promoted by the recently formed Time’s Up: an initiative of hundreds of women in the entertainment industry — including Streep, Williams, Dern and Winfrey – who have banded together to advocate for gender parity in executive ranks and legal defense aid for sexual harassment victims.

Ashley Judd, the first big name to go on record with her Weinstein experience, and Salma Hayek, who last month penned an op-ed about her nightmare with Weinstein, arrived together.

“We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line,” Streep said.

“It’s not a fashion statement. It’s a solidarity statement,” said “The Crown” actress Claire Foy.

Just about everyone, woman and man, celebrity and red-carpet reporters, was dressed in black Sunday, many of them wearing a Time’s Up pin. “This Is Us” star Chris Sullivan even sported black fingernails.

Though the atmosphere was still buoyant and positive, the usually superficial red carpet had unusual exchanges. While being interviewed live on E!, Debra Messing called out the network for allegedly not paying its female hosts the same as its male hosts. E!’s Catt Sadler recently departed after she said she learned she was making about half the pay of her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy.

The exchange was just another illustration of how the “Me Too” reckoning that has plowed through Hollywood has upended awards season. The ongoing scandals have derailed Oscar campaigns and prompted new ones. Among the nominees Sunday was Christopher Plummer, who was brought in at the last minute to erase Spacey from “All the Money in the World.”

Despite his 2016 Emmy, Ansari seemed surprised to pick up the Globe for his role in Netflix’s “Master of None” – or maybe that’s further evidence that he’s a good actor.

“I genuinely didn’t think I was going to win because all of the websites said I was going to lose,” he said.

Associated Press Media Writer David Bauder contributed to this story.

 

And the winners are...

Here's the list of winners of the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

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Motion Picture, Drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour.”

Actress, Motion Picture, Drama: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Director, Motion Picture: Guillermo Del Toro, “The Shape of Water.”

Supporting Actor, Motion Picture: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya.”

Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Lady Bird.”

Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist.”

Actress, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird.”

Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water.”

Original Song: “This is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” music by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul.

Animated Film: “Coco.”

Foreign Language: “In the Fade.”

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Series, Drama: “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us,”

Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Series, Musical or Comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Actor, Series, Musical or Comedy: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None.”

Actress, Series, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Television, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: “Big Little Lies.”

Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies.”

Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies.”

Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies.”

Actor, Limited Series for Motion Picture Made for TV: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo.”

Cecil B. DeMille  Lifetime Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey

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