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 teal's — 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.
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. Kidman chalked the win up to "the power of women."
"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.
75th annual Golden Globe Awards
• 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."
• 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."