2018 GOLDEN GLOBES: ‘BIG LITTLE LIES’, ‘LADY BIRD’ AND ‘THREE BILLBOARDS’ WIN BIG AS OPRAH GIVES POWERFUL SPEECH!

Sunday night’s 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards was the night of the woman. Led by Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washinton, America Ferrera and many others, actresses wore black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, standing up against inequality, harassment and abuse across all industries.

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Nominee Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke as her date, the woman who started the #MeToo movement. The focus was not on fashion, but on the cause, with actors like Alexander Skarsgård, Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez also supporting the movement.

“Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen…” was how host Seth Meyers kicked off the show, tasked with the tricky job of striking the right note between humor and meeting the seriousness of the occasion. Natalie Portman noted as she presented Best Director honors to The Shape of Water‘s Guillermo del Toro, that there wasn’t a single woman included in the category. Jessica Chastain and Gina Davis ribbed male actors about giving up portions of their salaries to close the gender wage gap.

Themes of equality and empowerment permeated the night, with Oprah Winfrey perhaps being the best messenger for the cause with her unforgettable and inspirational speech as she accepted the Cecil B. de Mille Award. The media icon made history as the first black woman to ever receive the honor.

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Winfrey concluded her speech powerfully, saying, “In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve 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! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, 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.”

The night’s big winner was HBO’s Big Little Lies, with Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgård receiving individual honors for their performances, while the series was honored as the Best Limited Series.

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On the television side, notable wins went to Aziz Ansari for Master of None, making him the first Asian-American to win Best Actor, Comedy honors. Elisabeth Moss also scored a big win in the Lead Actress, Drama category for Hulu’s hit drama, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Coming of age comedy, Lady Bird, was another big winner, with Saoirse Ronan beating out the likes of Margot Robbie, taking home Lead Actress honors. The Greta Gerwig-written and directed comedy also took home the coveted Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award.

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James Franco was somewhat of a surprise winner (judging by Hugh Jackman’s disappointed gaze) in the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Category, winning for his lead turn in The Disaster Artist.

Gary Oldman was rewarded with Best Actor, Drama honors for his transformative role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, beating back formidable competition from the likes of Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, also cleaned up on Sunday night, with Frances McDormand winning in the Lead Actress, Drama category, and Sam Rockwell taking home the Best Supporting Actor, Drama award. The film also won the top award of the night – Best Motion Picture, Drama.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Call Me by Your Name

Dunkirk

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WIN

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

I, Tonya

Lady Bird – WIN

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WIN

Meryl Streep, The Post

Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Tom Hanks, The Post

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WIN

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird – WIN

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water – WIN

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World

Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver

James Franco, The Disaster Artist – WIN

Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Allison Janney, I, Tonya – WIN

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ – WIN

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Shape of Water – WIN

Phantom Thread

The Post

Dunkirk

Best Original Song

Home from Ferdinand

Mighty River from Mudbound

Remember Me from Coco

The Star from The Star

‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman – WIN

Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture

The Shape of Water

Lady Bird

The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WIN

Molly’s Game

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

A Fantastic Woman

First They Killed My Father

In the Fade – WIN

Loveless

The Square

Best Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Ferdinand

Coco – WIN

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