Not to take anything away from the glitz and glamour and the overall fun that are known to dominate proceedings at the Golden Globes year after year, the 75th installment of the prestigious awards was, somewhat, different.
And, it was expected to be, what with the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile tinsel town bigwigs shaming the entertainment industry.
Here are the main highlights of the night
Seth Meyers’ Start
NBC’s Late Night talk show personality Seth Meyers, hosting the Globes for the first time, was his hilariously sarcastic self as he opened the awards ceremony. And, nobody was surprised when he started with some really funny cracks at some of Hollywood’s shamed lot.
In fact, his very first line was a not-so-subtle reference to the currently hot Hollywood topic. It also gave you an idea that the sexual scandals sweeping Hollywood would be the parallel focus of the evening alongside the glitz and glamour.
“Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” Meyers started, drawing laughter from the audience.
“It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t,” he said.
It didn’t take him too long to attack by name “the elephant” that wasn’t there.
“I think it’s time to address the elephant, not in the room. Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” he said.
“Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he’s the first person booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”
Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen were not spared too.
Oprah Winfrey Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Oprah Winfrey was honored with 2018’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. An emotional Oprah opened her “life’s full circle moment” with a stirring speech, bringing back memories of Meryl Streep’s powerful monologue last year.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up,” she said.
“I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on,” she said, paying tribute to the African-American woman who was kidnapped and gang-raped by six white men in 1944 and died last month aged 98. The men went scot free.
“I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who have withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” said the respected TV host.
Gary Oldman Wins Best Actor Award
Gary Oldman was declared the winner of the Best Actor in a Motion Picture award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the epic war film “Darkest Hour.” He accepted the award thanking everybody who had to “put up with all those awful cigars” that Churchill is known to have had a taste for.
“Lady Bird” Wins Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Award
The film’s writer-director Greta Gerwig thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, producers Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, A24, and her “beautiful cast, the goddesses Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.”
Goddess Ronan, by the way, had already laid claim to the Best Actress Award in a Musical or Comedy earlier in the night.
“I want to say thank you to my mom and dad, and the people of Sacramento who gave me roots and wings,” she said.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Wins the Golden Globe for Best Drama Film
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, bagged the Golden Globe in the Best Drama category, having already picked up three other awards for the film, including:
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) – won by Frances McDormand
- Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) – won by Martin McDonagh
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – won by Sam Rockwell
The film follows a mother’s struggle for justice for her murdered daughter when the local police fail to find the culprit.
The Red Carpet
In a solidarity move supporting the Time’s Up Movement against sexual harassment and the blatant abuse of power against women that have recently tarnished Hollywood’s image, most men and women chose to wear black for the 75th Golden Globes.
Celebrities found themselves sharing the red carpet with several women’s rights activists including Tarana Burke of #MeToo along with fellow campaigners Calina Lawrence, Rosa Clemente, Marai Larasi, Ai-jen Poo, Monica Ramirez and Saru Jayaraman.
Here are some of the winners in the main Golden Globe categories.
Best actress in a limited series or television movie
- WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
- Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
- Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
- Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
- Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Best actress in a TV series (drama)
- WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Claire Foy, The Crown
- Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
- Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Best actor in a TV series (drama)
- Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
- WINNER: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
- Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
- Jason Bateman, Ozark
- Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best TV series (drama)
- WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale
- This Is Us
- The Crown
- Game of Thrones
- Stranger Things
Best actor (comedy/musical)
- Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
- Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
- WINNER: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
- Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
- Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best animated film
- The Boss Baby
- The Breadwinner
- WINNER: Coco
- Loving Vincent
Best supporting actress in a motion picture (drama)
- Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
- Hong Chau, Downsizing
- WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
- Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
- Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Best TV series (comedy)
- WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Master of None
- Will & Grace
Best film director
- WINNER: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
- Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
- Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
- Steven Spielberg, The Post
Best miniseries or TV movie
- WINNER: Big Little Lies
- Feud: Bette and Joan
- Top of the Lake: China Girl
- The Sinner
Best actress in a film (comedy/musical)
- Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
- Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
- WINNER: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
- Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
- Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Best film (comedy/musical)
- The Disaster Artist
- Get Out
The Greatest Showman
- I, Tonya
- WINNER: Lady Bird
Best actor (drama)
- Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
- Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
- Tom Hanks, The Post
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
- WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best actress (drama)
- Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
- Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
- WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Meryl Streep, The Post
- Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Best film (drama)
- The Post
- The Shape of Water
- Call Me by Your Name
- WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri