The Golden Globes kicked off awards season last night with a politically-charged ceremony as speeches and protests about the sexual abuse scandal dominated the evening. Many attendees wore black and a number of female actors were accompanied by women’s rights activists. Host Seth Myers joked, ‘For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud’, and Oprah Winfrey, who was awarded the Cecil B DeMille trophy for lifetime achievement, said in her acceptance speech: ‘For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.’
Winners on the night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel included Gary Oldman, who was named best actor in a motion picture (drama) for his performance as Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won the best picture and best screenplay prizes, plus acting awards for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.
James Franco was named best actor in a musical or comedy for his starring role in The Disaster Artist, while Saoirse Ronan won the female version of that prize for Lady Bird. Guillermo del Toro won the best director Golden Globe for The Shape of Water and in television categories, Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale both won a number of awards.