The 2018 Golden Globe Awards, held on Jan. 7, 2018, kicked off the annual winter awards season in Hollywood and also set a tone for awards shows to come with its emphasis on sexual harassment and female empowerment, two subjects that made news in 2017.
#MeToo and #TimesUp: Sexual Harassment Was the Night’s Biggest Topic
The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Telecast live on NBC, the three-hour show was hosted by Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night.
Following a year in which the top news story was the continuing saga of women (and in some cases, men) coming forward to accuse powerful men in show business of sexual harassment and assault, the subjects of female empowerment and pay equality for women were front and center at the awards.
The topics were talked about before the show on the red carpet outside and throughout the awards ceremony in the hotel ballroom, along essentially every actress wearing black as a symbol of their solidarity, as well as men and women accessorizing their attire with a "Time's Up" pin. In their acceptance speeches, winner after winner – both men and women – cited the 2017 news stories and praised the social-media hashtag movements that sprang up in their wake: #MeToo and #TimesUp.
Oprah Winfrey Receives Golden Globes’ Top Award
The theme reached a crescendo when Oprah Winfrey accepted the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, becoming the first African-American woman to have ever won the distinction. Winfrey gave a rousing speech in which she declared that “a new day is on the horizon.”
“It’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry,” Winfrey said. “It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”
After her powerful speech, the hashtag #OprahForPresident ignited on Twitter.
Meyers set the tone for the show in his opening monologue when he mentioned both actor Kevin Spacey and producer Harvey Weinstein – two of the most notable figures accused of sexual harassment in 2017.
“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” Meyers said. “But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam.’ ”
Last Night's Biggest Winners
Three actors won Golden Globe awards for playing real-life people, but the biggest honors at the 2018 Golden Globes went to a fictional movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and a TV show, Big Little Lies.
Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his critically acclaimed portrayal of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the eve of World War II in Darkest Hour.
And James Franco won a Best Actor Golden Globe (in a Motion Picture Comedy) for playing an eccentric filmmaker named Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. The movie told the story of how Wiseau produced his first movie, The Room, in 2003 against almost insurmountable odds.
Four Golden Globes Apiece for ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Big Little Lies’
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies each won four Golden Globes.
Three Billboards is about one woman’s quest to goad her small town’s police chief into stepping up his investigation into the unsolved murder of the woman’s teen-aged daughter. The woman’s plan to get under the chief’s skin included leasing three rundown billboards on a road outside of town on which she admonished the chief by name for failing to solve the crime.
The movie won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and Frances McDormand won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for the movie’s lead role, the angry mother Mildred Hayes.
Sam Rockwell won a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for the role of Police Officer Jason Dixon.
The movie’s fourth Golden Globe went to Martin McDonagh, who wrote and directed it. He was nominated in both categories (director and screenplay) and won for Best Screenplay.
Big Little Lies, the HBO drama series about the private and secret lives of the upper-middle class in Monterey, Calif., won three acting awards and also picked up the Golden Globe as the year’s Best Television Limited Series.
Marvelous Night for ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ Elisabeth Moss
Two other TV shows and two movies won two Golden Globes apiece.
Rachel Brosnahan won her first-ever Golden Globe – Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy) for the title role in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The show, about a Jewish housewife living in New York in 1958 who decides to become a stand-up comedian, won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
Elisabeth Moss won a Golden Globe – her second – for her performance in The Handmaid’s Tale (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama). The Hulu series also won as the year’s Best Television Series – Drama.
‘Lady Bird’ Wins Two Awards, Saoirse Ronan Beats Out Movie Vets Dench, Mirren
Directed by Greta Gerwig, the movie Lady Bird, about a high school girl coming of age in Sacramento, Calif., in 2002, won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
The movie’s lead actress, Saoirse Ronan, won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The 23-year-old actress beat out movie veterans and fellow nominees Judy Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker) and Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes), as well as Margot Robbie, who was nominated for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
Guillermo del Toro won a Best Director Golden Globe for The Shape of Water, which also won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). In the director category, del Toro beat out Steven Spielberg (The Post), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards).
Acting Honors for Sterling K. Brown, Ewan McGregor, Aziz Ansari
Other 2018 Golden Globe award-winners included Sterling K. Brown, Best Actor in a TV Series Drama for This Is Us on NBC; Ewan McGregor, Best Actor in a Limited Series, for the third season of Fargo on FX; and Aziz Ansari, Best Actor in a Television Comedy, for Master of None on Netflix.
Who Didn’t Win? Spielberg, Streep, Hanks
A handful of nominees which seemed like potential winners received no awards at the 2018 Golden Globes, including The Post, the Spielberg movie about The Washington Post and the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep; Dunkirk, the movie about the famed evacuation of an estimated 400,000 British troops trapped on the French shoreline in 1940; and The Crown, the Netflix series about the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.