"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Lady Bird" won top honors at the Golden Globes on Sunday, capping off a ceremony defined by stirring speeches and caustic jokes about the sexual misconduct scandals roiling Hollywood.
"Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen," the host, Seth Meyers, said in his monologue, alluding to the notable absence of men — producers, actors, directors — felled by allegations of harassment and assault.
Oprah Winfrey, who received the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, praised the legions of women who have come forward with their #MeToo stories. In rousing remarks that earned her a standing ovation, Winfrey told viewers that "speaking your truth is the most powerful tool you all have."
The Globes boosted the Oscar fortunes of "Three Billboards," which won best movie drama, and "Lady Bird," which took the best movie comedy award. The two critical favorites have officially broken through in an awards season that began without any clear front-runners.
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"Three Billboards," a tough-minded drama with a comedic edge, centers on a mother (Frances McDormand, who won a Globe for her fierce performance) struggling to avenge the killing of her daughter. The film also picked up accolades for its screenplay and supporting actor Sam Rockwell.
"Lady Bird," a sweet coming-of-age comedy from first-time director Greta Gerwig, follows a quirky teen (Saoirse Ronan, also a Globe winner) during her tumultuous senior year of high school.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Globes, gave prizes to several other projects that portray strong, empowered women.
"Big Little Lies," the acclaimed HBO series about complex women in a posh California community, won the award for best limited television series. Nicole Kidman earned gold for her searing performance on the show as a survivor of domestic abuse. She dedicated her statue to the "power of women."
Laura Dern, who was also honored for her role on "Big Little Lies," condemned the "culture of silence" that was once "normalized" in her industry. "May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new north star," Dern said.
It was also a big night for a pair of feminist-minded TV series. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a freshman Amazon show about a 1950s housewife who breaks into show business, won for best TV comedy, and its breakout star, Rachel Brosnahan, took home a statue for her lead performance.
"The Handmaid's Tale," a Hulu hit about women fighting to survive in a dystopian society in which they are treated like property, landed the award for best TV drama and its lead, Elisabeth Moss, won for best actress in a drama series.
A-list actresses, from Natalie Portman to Jessica Chastain, served up jokes about gender inequality in their industry. Portman, presenting the award for best film director, made a point of saying all the nominees were men. (Guillermo del Toro, the celebrated Mexican auteur, won that honor for his science-fiction romance "The Shape of Water.")
Meyers, the host of NBC's "Late Night," pulled no punches when it came to the accused, mocking former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey and Weinstein, the once-powerful kingmaker. Twenty years from now, Meyers said, Weinstein will be the "first person ever booed during the In Memorium" segment. (Weinstein was once a fixture on the awards show circuit.)
Michelle Williams, nominated for her performance in the thriller "All the Money in the World," was accompanied by Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo. “I’m so much more interested in what you have to say than what I have to say," Williams said of Burke.