In case you somehow fell asleep early on Sunday night, the 75th annual Golden Globes aired, and in doing so, managed to kick off a fresh awards season on a very high note. The star-studded affair was a study in — as award recipient Nicole Kidman put it — "the power of women."
It was virtually impossible not to be moved by the sense of solidarity, strength, support and passion displayed throughout the evening. From walking the red carpet arm-in-arm and raising awareness for the Time's Up and #MeToo movements to giving speeches full of hope, Hollywood's leading ladies set the tone for one hell of a new year.
In fact, you could argue that women pretty much stole the show. Need proof? Check out these major moments from the evening.
Saving this Amy Poehler gif forever. pic.twitter.com/F9XRLC4AkA— Saba (@saba_h) January 8, 2018
As part of a bit by Seth Meyers in the opening monologue, he handed off the mic to Amy Poehler. Er, sort of. In the hilarious moment, Poehler accused Meyers of mansplaining the bit. She also "reclaimed" her wine and teed herself up for a knee-slapping joke.
There was nothing little about the magic between the actors of Big Little Lies last night. Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley celebrated not only the show's many wins, but also the wins the night symbolized for women in general. "So much of my career for 27 years I never got to work with another woman," said Reese Witherspoon when the cast accepted the award for Best Television Limited Series or TV Movie. "Seeing a more dynamic woman on film, I think this is just the beginning."
Two legends on one stage. Carol Burnett and Jennifer Aniston introduce the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/ifzOwGdszF— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018
When comedy icon Carol Burnett took the stage to present awards, the crowd couldn't contain their admiration for the TV legend. And proving she's just as funny as ever, Burnett even delivered a sick burn (all in good fun, of course) to co-presenter Jennifer Aniston. "I'm happy that you're coming back to television," Burnett told a gushing Aniston, deadpanning, "Will & Grace was one of my favorite shows."
When Natalie Portman and Ron Howard approached the podium to hand out an award together, no one predicted Portman would gift us with one of the best lines of the entire show.
Presenting the Best Director category, Portman zinged, "And here are the all-male nominees." Savage! Twitter loved it considering some highly deserving female directors were overlooked in the nominations (here's looking at you, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig).
How fun was it that Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon shared the stage together nearly three decades after their cult classic, Thelma & Louise, hit theaters? We especially loved the part when Davis joked of the Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama category, "These five nominees agreed to give half their salaries back so the women can make more than them."
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
Barbra Streisand emerged to present the Best Movie — Drama award but had a bone to pick before handing out the award to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Taken aback by the commentators' remark that she was the only female to ever win a Golden Globe for Best Director, Streisand exclaimed of 1983's Yentl, "That was 34 years ago? Folks, time's up!"
While being interviewed on the red carpet by E! host Giuliana Rancic, Debra Messing took the network to task for its treatment of former host Catt Sadler. [Sadler quit after more than a decade at E! upon learning her cohost, Jason Kennedy, had been making double her salary for several years.]
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
Said Messing, "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female cohost the same as their male cohost. 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."
Our words simply won't do justice to Oprah Winfrey's Cecil B. DeMille Award speech, which — like her hug, if Reese Witherspoon is to be believed — could end wars. Do yourself a favor and watch every inspiring second:
Not only is everybody wearing black, but Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Williams and Shailene Woodley brought activists as their dates to show #TIMESUP #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/YWFcS5gHkI— BestLife (@BestLifeOnline) January 8, 2018
For the first show of the awards season, you couldn't have asked for more than the Golden Globes delivered. Women (and men!) wore black in honor of the Times Up coalition to protest sexual misconduct and discrimination. They walked the red carpet alongside female social justice activists. They redirected attention to the #MeToo movement. They championed each other in speeches. The entire night shone with a sense of empowerment and distinctive call to action.
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