There were big wins for The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies & The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the 75th Golden Globes today.
“Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” host Seth Meyers said.
“For the male nominees in the room this is the first time in 3 months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”
Meyers had the black-gowned celeb room rollicking with his gags about harassment and Donald Trump referring to his worst words “Hollywood / Foreign/ Press /Association.”
But it was Oprah Winfrey’s stirring speech in accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award that rallied the room and seismic change in Hollywood power.
“Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the stories. But it’s not just the story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends and 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 in academia, and engineering, medicine and science. They are part of the world of tech and politics and in business. They are athletes in the Olympics and they are soldiers in the military.”
She continued, “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, 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 have 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 and 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.”
TV nominees (winners in bold):
Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
“Reese Witherspoon and I did this because of our support of one another,” she said….. “wow -the power of women.”
Referring to the show’s theme of abuse she added, “let’s keep the conversation going.”
Actress in a Musical or Comedy:
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, Glow
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
“Thank you to everyone at Amazon,” she said. “This is a story about a bold brilliant complicated woman…. there are so many stories about woman that still deserve to be told.
“Let’s make and champion these stories.”
Actress in a TV Drama:
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
“Margaret Atwood this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance, injustice,” said Moss “… we no longer live in the blank white spaces in the edge of print… we are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves.”
Actor in a TV Drama:
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
“I want to thank Dan Fogelman…” said Sterling “you wrote a role for a black man that could only be played by a black man, what I appreciate so much is … being seen for who I am and appreciated for who I am… and it makes it that much harder to dismiss me.”
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Game of Thrones
Producer thanks supporters and press “who do everything they can to stop the Handmaid’s Tale from becoming real. Keep doing that.”
Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
“I am here tonight because I have the privilege of working with extraordinary women….” said Skarsgard. “Nicole, I love you. thank you for making this the greatest experience of my career.”
Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Dern acknowledged her character as “the most outrageous complicated woman and a terrified mother.. because her little girl was being abused and bullied and she was too afraid to speak out…. may we teach our children that speaking without the fear of retribution is our new north star.”
Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
“I’ve always loved being an actor and I love hanging out with amazing actors….” McGregor said, as he thanked co-stars.
Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
“I genuinely didn’t think I was going to win because all the websites said I was going to lose,” Ansari revealed.
Comedy or Musical:
Master of None
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Will & Grace
“I want to thank Amazon because their support was completely unwavering every cheque cleared, and we couldn’t have found a better partner. We are never leaving,” said producer.
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey said, “we all” have lived in a culture “broken by brutally powerful men.”
“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up,” she said.
“I want all the girls watching now to know that a new day is on the horizon.”
TV Movie or Limited Series:
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
David E. Kelley said, “Take a look at this cast, many of whom who have a already been honoured, but 2 in particular who are ferocious producers, Nicole & Reese.”
Witherspoon also acknowledged women who have spoken out on abuse. “We see you, we hear you and we will tell you stories.”