Last night in California, stars gathered for the Golden Globe Awards, this year’s ceremony was hotly anticipated following the unveiling of Time’s Up, an initiative founded by powerful Hollywood women (including Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria) to fight sexual misconduct in all industries and reach gender parity in various facets of the entertainment industry. Time’s Up requested that those attending the Golden Globes wear black to show support of its initiative as well as women who have suffered from harassment and rape culture in the workplace (only three women didn’t wear black). The much-needed spotlight on sexual misconduct resulted in a number of powerful moments on the red carpet and stage. Read on for highlights!
Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award
Oprah Winfrey became the first African American woman to receive the Cecil B. de Mille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. The media mogul made a moving speech that addressed racism, sexism and assault, citing the recent death of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was brutally raped in 1944 by a group of white men. “She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men,” Winfrey stated. She went on to end her speech with a rousing declaration that “a new day is on the horizon.”
#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Attends
Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, attended the ceremony alongside actress Michelle Williams. The two wore black dresses in honor of Time’s Up. Ryan Seacrest, who himself is the subject of sexual misconduct allegations, was criticized for his E! red carpet interview of Burke and Williams, in which he frequently interrupted the two as they spoke about Time’s Up and #MeToo.
Men Remain Silent
Despite the numerous men who showed support by wearing black suits affixed with Time’s Up pins, none of the male winners (including James Franco, Ewan McGregor and Guillermo del Toro, among others) mentioned the movement or the topic of sexual assault in their acceptance speeches—an omission that contributes to the culture of silence surrounding sexual misconduct that women are fighting to end.
Aziz Ansari & Sterling K. Brown Make History
Aziz Ansari, stand-up comedian and star of Netflix series “Master of None,” became the first Asian American man to win a Golden Globe for best leading performance in a TV comedy. Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” became the first black man to win best actor in a TV drama. “What I appreciate so much about this is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am, and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me,” he said in an acceptance speech that garnered him praise for its confrontation of racial discrimination in Hollywood.