Golden Globe red carpet fairytale goes noir in protest

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

With an orator's practiced cadence, Winfrey added, "But their time is up".

The industry's elite turned the red carpet black for the Globes, eschewing bright colours in a fashionable repudiation of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and others ensnared in allegations of misconduct.

There were exceptions, at least somewhat: Gary Oldman said that "words and actions can change the world, and boy oh boy, does it need some changing", a general sentiment that could apply to sexual harassment and abuse.

Seth Meyers, the host for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, stayed relevant during his monologue for the special event by tackling the one of the biggest issues in Hollywood today - sexual misconduct.

The First Daughter's tweet left social media dumbfounded, while others were quick to point out that President Trump has faced accusations of sexual harassment and assault from more than a dozen women. Some have said that night convinced him to run. Notable absences of the night included the outspoken actress and activist Rose McGowan, who expressed her disdain for the Golden Globes all-black fashion statement and what she called the "Hollywood fakery" of the night.

"The women are not here for the food, they're here for the work", McDormand said to applause, noting the "tectonic shift in our industry's power structure". "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo Del Toro won the category this year, but Portman won the sisterhood for the foreseeable future.

The OWN network founder and humanitarian managed to transform the awards show into a platform for women's rights and social justice, highlighting issues of sexual abuse and racial discrimination in a courageous and fearless manner. And, you know, that was 1984? "At least they managed to elect a female president", she said.

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While many fields were wide open, James Franco ("The Disaster Artist") was always a shoo-in to win best actor in a musical/comedy movie. "I just don't have the inclination, I love what I'm doing, I really like it".

"Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food", said McDormand.

"I slept on it and came to the conclusion that the Oprah thing isn't that insane", tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, the president whom Winfrey was credited with helping to elect in 2008.

Dern urged Hollywood to support survivors of abuse and to promote restorative justice. Exactly what we said we didn't want to do.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association - which bestows the Globes - also reached a deal to allow NBC to live-stream the awards show through its own website and the NBC mobile app, available on a variety of platforms, including DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

"Handmaid's Tale" actress Elisabeth Moss, who won in the Best Actress in a TV Drama category, quoted the author of the book that inspired the apocalyptic Hulu series.

Lady Bird also faired well as it brought home a win for actress Saoirse Ronan as well as took the title of Best Picture for a comedy or musical.

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