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The Golden Globes 2018 on Sunday night were less about movies and more about the #MeToo movement that has swept Hollywood and the world by storm these past few months. Women and men dressed in solidarity, wearing all black to make a statement against the epidemic of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond.
The coordinated wardrobe effort was part of a bigger, organized campaign called Time’s Up. With more than 300 figures in the entertainment industry signed on, including Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria and Salma Hayek, the initiative aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces.
It has raised more than $15 million for a legal defense fund for people who have experienced workplace harassment and it encouraged Golden Globes 2018 attendees and supporters everywhere to wear black as a show of unity and power.
Throughout the night, female empowerment was the main focus of everyone’s speech, including host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue. But there were six woke moments that really left people gagging. From Debra Messing calling out E! to their face to Natalia Portman not shying back during her introduction for Best Director, we round-up the six wokest moments from the night.
Here are the top six most woke moments from the Golden Globes 2018:
1. Debra Messing calls out E! on unequal pay for women
Debra Messing drags E! (while being interviewed on E!): "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts" pic.twitter.com/HF3B2uhwtF
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 7, 2018
Debra Messing wasn’t nominated for any awards herself at the Golden Globes Sunday night, but she didn’t let that stop her from using her platform.
Being interviewed by E! commentator Giuliana Rancic, she called out the cable network for the recent departure of anchor Catt Sadler who quit last month when she said she found out she made half of what her male co-anchor earned.
“I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-host the same as their male co-host,” Messing said on live television. “I miss Catt Sadler, so we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”
2. And so does Eva Longoria….
Eva Longoria piles on E!: "We support gender equity and equal pay, and we hope that E! follows that lead with Catt as well. We stand with you, Catt."
Ryan Seacrest: " I love Catt. We love her." pic.twitter.com/rtKoBO5XCW
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 8, 2018
Eva Longoria made the same move as Messing, bringing up Catt Sadler while being interviewed by an E! talking head. She brought it up to Rancic’s co-host, Ryan Seacrest.
“We support gender equity and equal pay, and we hope E! follows the lead with Catt,” Longoria said on-air, while flanked by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. “We stand with you, Catt.”
3. Sterling K. Brown scored a historic racial first
— PANNtv (@PANNtv) January 8, 2018
Sterling K. Brown brought audience members to tears when he thanked This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman for writing a character specifically for a black actor during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Drama. It’s a historical win, as Brown is the first black actor to ever win the award.
“You wrote a role for a black man, that could only be played by a black man. And so, I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am and that makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me and or to dismiss anybody who looks like me,” Brown said.
4. Oprah Winfrey made an epic speech for female empowerment
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018
Oprah Winfrey accepted her Cecil B. DeMille Award on Sunday night at the Golden Globes with a powerful message to the young girls watching.
“At this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award,” she said to the audience. “I want all the girls watching to know: A new day is on the horizon.”
Winfrey referred to the Time’s Up movement in her speech, saying sexual harassment “transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or work place.”
“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,” she said, holding back tears. “They’re the women whose names we’ll never know.”
The crowd was still reeling as everyone continued to absorb Oprah’s lengthy, emotional speech, which ended with a massive standing ovation. “And when that 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 the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again.”
Many took to social media to point out that her speech was so powerful, it may as well been an acceptance speech for the 2020 Democratic candidate for president, something Seth Meyers eluded to in his opening monologue.
We can dream, can’t we?
5. Natalie Portman called out an award for male directors
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) January 8, 2018
Visibly affected by Oprah’s words, Natalie Portman and Ron Howard took a moment to collect themselves before listing the Best Director nominees. But as Howard set Portman up for her introduction, Portman was preparing to go off-script.
“Here are the all-male nominees,” she said, eliciting gasps and looks of shock from the audience. Portman was referring to the awkward fact that this year, no female filmmakers were nominated for their work. This was especially ill-advised since Greta Gerwig’s film Lady Bird was nominated (and ended up winning) the award for Best Picture – Comedy.
6. Barbra Streisand calls out Hollywood sexism
Here to present our final award of the night is someone who needs no introduction… @BarbraStreisand! She introduces the nominees for Best Motion Picture – Drama. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/Q946KYUjvH
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018
Four-time Golden Globe winner Barbra Streisand was called on to present the last award at Sunday night’s ceremony, and like Portman, she also used her platform to call out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for not supporting more female filmmakers.
Streisand is the only woman to have won the Golden Globe for best director, taking home the award in 1984 for Yentl. She made note of this fact as she took the stage to present best drama.
“Backstage I heard they said I was the only woman … to get the best director award, and you know, that was 1984: That was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up!” she said, invoking the movement of the same name. “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.”