What: Sunday afternoon was celebrated the 75th Golden Globe Awards who the best in film and American television of
Venue: The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California
Red carpet first: The Time’s Up movement, an anti-harassment initiative sponsored by powerful Hollywood women, inspired and supporting #MeToo had men and women dressed in black to raise awareness about sexual harassment and gender equality on every industry, level and social group.
Red carpet celebrities and their +1: Many celebrities putting the Time’s Up movement to work on the Golden Globe’s red carpet had a special +1 with them side by side. They were female activists fighting for a better and equal world and we got you the complete list:
- Meryl Streep and Ai-Jen Poo , the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which works for “the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers.
- Michelle Willias and Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement to “help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing.
- Laura Dern and Monica Ramirez, Board President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, and Laura Dern walked the red carpet together.
- Emma Watson and Marai Larasi, director of Imkaan, a “women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME) women and girls.”
- Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United in a mission to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce.
- Emma Stone and Billie Jean King, tennis leyend and founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports.
- Calina Lawrence and Shailene Woodley, activist arrested for protesting the Dakota Access pipelineat Standing Rock in 2016, and advocate for Native treaty rights as well as the Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
- Susan Sarandon and Rosa Clemente, a community organizer, activist, and journalist, and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which consults on issues such as hip-hop activism, voter engagement, immigrants’ rights and healthcare.
Red Carpet call-out: Debra Messing and Eva Longoria confronted E! at a live interview about pay equality and took a stand beside Catt Sadler after her departure over her pay gap.
Best Speech: Oprah Winfrey as recipient of the Cecil B. DeMile Award for Lifetime Achievement and here is the complete transcript:
“Thank you, Reese. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history:” The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I ever remembered. His tie was white, his skin was black—and he was being celebrated. I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in Lilies of the Field: “Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor—it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for A.M. Chicago. Saw me on the show and said to Steven Spielberg, she’s Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.’ Gayle who’s been a friend and Stedman who’s been my rock.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To—to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. 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. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope—I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man—every man who chooses to listen.
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.”