2017 brought to light one of the biggest issues in Hollywood: just how much more power men still have over women. The celebrities at the 2018 Golden Globes have decided enough is enough — and the women were a force to be reckoned with. One woman after another delivered a powerful moment that inspired men and women alike to make a difference.
Here were some of the most inspiring moments of the night that prove the 2018 Golden Globes made for a major night for women.
1. Time’s Up movement
Hollywood has officially declared that “time’s up” for sexual misconduct. And they took to the Golden Globes to spread the message. The Time’s Up movement is “an initiative created by several hundred actresses and female agents, writers, directors, and entertainment executives to fight sexual misconduct across the country,” according to The New York Times.
Nearly every celebrity in the room was donning black evening wear and a Time’s Up pin in solidarity with the movement. It set the tone for the evening as a whole, which included several inspiring speeches that advocated for equality among men and women. This doesn’t just apply to the entertainment industry, but to everyone.
2. Debra Messing’s slam at E! for their pay gap
Will & Grace’s Debra Messing didn’t care that she was being interviewed by E! — she shared her disappointment in the network, anyway. When Giuliana Rancic asked Messing why she was wearing black, she called out E! for the pay gap between E! News’ Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy:
I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler. So we stand with her. That’s something that can change tomorrow, you know. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.
Sadler was with E! for nearly 12 years. However, when she learned that Kennedy was earning double her salary, she knew it was time to say goodbye. Rancic was an E! News host herself, too, so while she didn’t respond directly to Messing’s criticism, she simply thanked her for using her voice.
3. Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech
For years to come, we’ll likely all remember exactly what we were doing when we heard Oprah Winfrey’s show-stealing speech at the 2018 Golden Globes. Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. During her speech, she had the whole crowd cheering and hanging on her every word. She made us feel hope for the future, and even sparked suspicion of running for president in 2020.
She fiercely advocated for the #MeToo movement, sending a special message the young female viewers:
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.
4. Natalie Portman’s jab at the all-male Best Director category
Immediately following Winfrey’s jaw-dropping speech, Natalie Portman added herself to the list of being a voice for women at the Golden Globes. While presenting the names for Best Director of a Motion Picture, she threw major shade by introducing the “all-male nominees.”
Many Twitter users praised Portman for her comment. Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross wrote, “I was all ‘How the hell do you follow Oprah?’ And then Natalie Portman showed me how.”
5. Barbra Streisand’s call for more female director nominees
Superstar Barbra Streisand couldn’t have agreed more with Portman. Notably, she’s the only female to have ever won the Best Director of a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. Streisand’s win in the category was in 1984, so she too noted that “time’s up” for women not being acknowledged for their work. She left us feeling ready for change with her speech:
I’m the only woman to get the best director award. That was 1984, that was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.
6. Elisabeth Moss’ ode to Margaret Atwood
When Elisabeth Moss won Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for her role as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale, we definitely expected an inspirational message to women. What we didn’t expect was just how empowering her message would be. Her speech was beautifully written, and aimed at The Handmaid’s Tale author herself, Margaret Atwood:
Margaret Atwood, this is for you and and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice, and to fight for equality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank, white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps in the stories. We are the stories in print, and we are writing the stories ourselves.
7. Frances McDormand praised the HFPA for having a female president
We could just tell by Frances McDormand’s face the whole night that she had some strong words she wanted to share. And when she won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, she definitely did not disappoint. Granted, many of her words were bleeped out. But what we could hear was a message of encouragement to all the hard-working ladies in the room.
McDormand gave credit to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. She said, “And let’s face it, they managed to elect a female president. I’m just saying.”
She concluded her speech by stating, “Trust me, the women in here tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”
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