Golden Globes Take on Harassment as Award Season Picks Up

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  • ‘Three Billboards, ‘Lady Bird’ Capture Top Movie Honors
  • Fox collects seven awards, HBO gets four for ‘Big Little Lies’
Host Seth Meyers speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7. Photographer: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Hollywood’s leading women took the fight against sexual harassment to national TV, using the annual Golden Globe Awards to voice solidarity with peers who have battled the film and TV industry’s casting couch mentality and press for change.

The ceremony by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, carried on NBC and hosted by late night personality Seth Meyers, is a prelude to the Academy Awards and a celebration of both movies and TV. But the revelations starting last year of widespread harassment by big-time movie moguls, national news figures and other men in positions of power made this year’s show a stage for women to speak out.

That made for a dual effort to balance the aims of the 75th Golden Globes -- to honor top works like best TV drama winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” -- and give voice to those who wanted to use the program to agitate for social justice. Last year’s show attracted a U.S. audience of 20 million viewers.

For complete list of winners: click here

21st Century Fox Inc. walked away with seven awards, the most of any studio, after getting three Golden Globes for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” including best picture for the drama about a woman prodding local police to investigate her daughter’s murder. The company also garnered three for the fantasy tale “The Shape of Water” and one for the TV series “Fargo.”

Deal Mania

The wins underscore the value of the company to Walt Disney Co., which is buying much of Fox for $52.4 billion. With the exception of animation, Disney seldom competes for the industry’s top dramatic accolades.

Time Warner Inc.’s HBO was second with four awards, all from its hit series “Big Little Lies,” about four headstrong women living in a wealthy Northern California coastal enclave. 

The independent distributor A24 captured three Golden Globes -- two for the coming of age film “Lady Bird,” which was crowned best film comedy and also got an acting award for its star Saoirse Ronan. The third went to James Franco for his role in “The Disaster Artist.”

“Lady Bird” was directed by Greta Gerwig, who wasn’t among the nominees for best director. Neither was any other woman, as Natalie Portman pointed out before she presented the award to Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.”

The cast of The Handmaids Tale accepts the award for Best Television Series - Drama.

Photographer: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Among the online services, Hulu got its first Golden Globes for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” while Amazon.com Inc. garnered two for the comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Netflix Inc. grabbed one Golden Globe, with Aziz Ansari winning best actor for “Master of None.”

Nicole Kidman accepts the award for "Big Little Lies."

Photographer: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Nicole Kidman, star of the HBO show “Big Little Lies,” won for her lead role in the limited series. She called out her mom for advocating for women’s rights. “I’m here because of her,” Kidman said. “I do believe and I hope that we can elicit change.”

Angelina Jolie attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Most actors including Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Elisabeth Moss, the Globe winner for her role in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” dressed in black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, which provides a legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment and is backed by actresses and other Hollywood figures.

NBC’s Meyers made light of the harassment controversy from the outset, welcoming the “ladies and remaining gentlemen” and suggesting the show would mark “the first time in three months you won’t be terrified to hear your name read out.”

As the white-male host of the event, he said he felt like “the first dog shot into space.”

Helen Mirren and Viola Davis.

Photographer: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Some actors brought activists as guests to help spotlight their causes. Meryl Streep, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “The Post,” brought Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Oprah Winfrey received the Cecile B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement and used the moment to inspire young women who may be watching.

“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said. “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.”

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List of Winners

Best motion picture – drama
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best actress – motion picture drama
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’’

Best actor – motion picture drama
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour’’

Best motion picture – musical or comedy
“Lady Bird’’

Best actress – motion picture, musical or comedy
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird’’

Best limited series or motion picture made for television
“Big Little Lies’’

Best director – motion picture
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water’’

Cecile B. DeMille award
Oprah Winfrey

Best actor -- TV series, musical or comedy
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None’’

Best TV series, musical or comedy
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’’

Best actor – Limited series or motion picture made for TV
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo’’

Best motion picture – foreign language
“In the Fade’’

Best screenplay – motion picture
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best supporting actress – motion picture
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya’’

Best motion picture – animated
“Coco’’

Best supporting actress – series/limited series/TV movie
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies’’

Best actor – motion picture, musical or comedy
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist’’

Best original song – motion picture
“This Is Me,’’ “The Greatest Showman,’’ Benj Pasek

Best original score – motion picture
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water’’

Best supporting actor – series/limited series/TV movie
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies’’

Best TV series, drama
“The Handmaid’s Tale’’

Best Actor – TV series, drama
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us’’

Best actress -- TV series, drama
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale’’

Best actress -- TV series, musical or comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’’

Best supporting actor -- motion picture
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Actress-- limited series or motion picture made for TV
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies’’

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