The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards could very well have been a somber occasion. The past year has been marked by scandal and heartache in Hollywood, arguably more than the industry has ever experienced.
But actors seized the night, not to dwell on the negative, but to empower each other (and those of us watching) with hope for a brighter future. From Nicole Kidman to Oprah Winfrey and many talented men and women in between, stars used their voices to champion the greater good. Sexual misconduct was a central subject, yes, but the conversation focused on where we go from here and the stories of the women and men who’ve made that progress possible.
If you happened to miss it — or if you tuned in and just need another dose of inspiration — keep reading for the best excerpts from the big night’s acceptance speeches. You’ll have Golden Globes-size goose bumps by the end!