Sexual harassment scandal dominates Golden Globes 2018 as Oprah steals the night

Oprah Winfrey giving her speech after winning the Cecil B DeMille award during the 2018 Golden Globes Awards. PHOTO: COURTESY.

It was an ocean of black on a golden afternoon: if not all, almost all women – from stars and nominees to crews working backstage- wore black, in support of the #metoo #timesup movement against harassment, abuse, and violence against women.

Seth Meyer’s who hosted 2018 Golden Globe Awards which took place in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, opened with simple and powerful words: “Time’s up for harassment, abuse, and discrimination.”

If anyone had any doubt, that was the theme and the tone of the 75th Golden Globes – the Hollywood Foreign Press landed its jubilee celebration in a moment fraught with tensions and transformation and embraced it fully.

Although Natalie Portman joked, when announcing the Globe for Best Director – “none of them are women” – the Globes 2018 were definitely woman-centered.

Aside from giving a rousing and inspiring Golden Globes speech to honour those who have come forward with their stories in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B DeMille award during Sunday’s ceremony.

“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.” Read part of her speech.

She concluded with the following remarks:

“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 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. Thank you.”

The 75th Golden Globes went with The Handmaid’s Tale (two Globes) and Big Little Lies (four Globes) leading the TV categories, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (four Globes) and Lady Bird (two Globes) taking point in the motion picture category – all titles about and centered around women.

From Reese witherspoon to Eva Longoria, see what some of the stars wore yesterday night at the event.