On the side of television, it was a story similar to that of & # 39; Big Little Lies & # 39 ;, & # 39; The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale & # 39; and & # 39; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel & # 39; They were crowned.
On an afternoon during which sober awareness replaced the traditional madness that used to characterize the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whether by design or by mere coincidence, celebrated what in the past past was what could have been called "images of women".
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the story of a mother seeking justice for the rape and murder of her daughter, was named best drama, while Lady Bird the last year's story From a girl in high school while looking to get out of her environment, she won the honor of the comedy film. The HFPA also supported such women-centered television programs as Big Little Lies The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale and debutant The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel .
Fox Searchlight & # 39; s Three Billboards dominated the film awards, capturing four trophies, including those of drama actress Frances McDormand, supporting actor Sam Rockwell and writer and director Martin McDonagh, who took home the script prize. "I maintain my private policy, but it was great to be in this room tonight," McDormand said in his acceptance, referring to the general spirit that had invaded the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, from which the show was broadcast on NBC. .
It had begun with the host Seth Meyers, recognizing Hollywood's growing concern about gender inequality and sexual harassment, as well as the #MeToo movement from the surrounding area, from its first opening line: "Good afternoon, ladies and remaining knights. " He continued to joke, "for the male nominees, this is the first time in three months that it will not be frightening to hear his name read."
He continued through a speech by Oprah Winfrey while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the HFPA, in which he said: "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they have dared to tell their truth to the power of those men, but "- and when he raised his voice, the room exploding emotionally, cheering ovation -" they ran out of time! "
Barbra Streisand, appearing onstage as the final presenter to announce the best drama winner, echoed that sentiment, saying: "Folks, time is over! We need more women directors and more women nominated for the best Director, "he added:" I am proud to be in a room for people who denounce gender inequality, sexual harassment and pettiness that has poisoned our politics. "
Accepting Lady Bird her story autobiographical about the coming of age, the screenwriter and director Greta Gerwig recognized her hometown, which appears in the film, giving a "greeting to the people of Sacramento", who gave me roots and wings ". And beyond a litany of grateful thanks, Saoirse Ronan, the star of the film, who was acclaimed as best actress in a comedy, spoke about the spirit of the night when she testified "how inspiring it has been to be in this room tonight"
Veteran actor Gary Oldman won the award for best dramatic actor, the first Globe of his career, for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour . If the film has a moral, he suggested, is that "words and actions can change the world, and boy, oh, do you need any change?"
While Three billboards took top honors, Guillermo del Toro was selected as the best director for The Shape of Water his romantic fable of creatures. Testifying that his fascination with the monsters had saved his life, he said: "I thank you, my monsters will thank you, and somewhere [horror movie actor] Lon Chaney smiles at us all." While Shape of Water entered the night with seven main nominations, he took home only two trophies, including one for Alexandre Desplat's score.
James Franco, who was acclaimed as best actor in a comedy for playing the true aspiring author Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist invited Wiseau to take the stage to share the moment with him, fulfilling a Lifelong dream for the director of The Room that has earned the reputation of being the worst movie of all time.
Allison Janney received the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance as a terrifying stage mother in Yo, Tonya and took a moment to point out another real-life person in the room, skater Tonya Harding, thanking her "for sharing her sory … a story about the class in the United States, a story about the disenfranchised."
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the award-winning lyricists of La La Land took home the award for the best original song for their anthem "This Is Me" by the musical PT Barnum The Greatest Showman with Pasek offering a "thanks to the audiences that come to see musicals again on the big screen".
Accepting the award for best foreign language film, German director Fatih Akin brought the star of that film, Diane Kruger, to the stage with him, saying he shared the award with her.
And when Pixar Coco was announced as the best animated film, director Lee Unkrich offered a shout of "the incredible people of Mexico and their beautiful traditions".
On the television side, the HFPA gave its seal of approval to several recent Emmy winners, including the best dramatic series The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale from Hulu and MGM, and the best limited series, HBO Big Little Lies . By accepting Lies Reese Witherspoon, who acted and served as executive producer of the series, joined the evening's themes saying, "I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year," adding, "Time is over, we see you, we listen to you and tell your stories."
Elisabeth Moss, reprising her Emmy Award for best television drama actress for her performance as a hired servant on Hulu / MGM Handmaid & # 39; s Tale borrowed words from novelist Margaret Atwood to say that now women "are the printed stories and we write them ourselves".
She also repeated her recent Emmy triumph: as best actress in a limited series to play a battered wife in Big Little Lies – Nicole Kidman recognized her mother, defender of women's rights, Saying: "My achievements are your achievements", and also picking up one of the themes of the night, said of the series & Exploration of Spousal Abuse, "I believe and I hope we can bring about change through the stories that We count and the way we tell them. " Later in the evening, Alexander Skarsgard followed her to the stage, who chose a supporting actor. award, as he did in the Emmys, for playing the abusive husband of his character.
Sterling K. Brown also added a Globe to his Emmy for playing the adult adopted son on NBC This Is Us . He testified that while he had often benefited from the color blind casting, it was especially rewarding to play a written role for a black man: "I appreciate that you see me as I am and appreciate me for what I am."
Voters of HFPA, who often like to celebrate the new, elevated Amazon The wonderful Mrs. Maisel by naming best comedy series and rewarding Rachel Brosnahan as best actress in a television comedy to be played a suction stand -up comic in the 1950 set series.
Ewan McGregor was honored as best drama actor for playing the double role of the dueling brothers in FX / MGM Fargo while Aziz Ansari claimed his first Globe, for Best Comedy Actor, for his Netflix series Master of None that he co-created.
Although it got a little lost amid the glitter of the awards itself, HFPA also took the opportunity to post a launch announcing $ 2 million in grants to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists – $ 1 million for each organization. It is the first time that a donation announcement is made during the live broadcast.
With six prizes distributed among Three posters and Shape of water, Fox Searchlight triumphed on the side of the film, while HBO, with its four Big Little Lies wins, led by the television side.
"We HFPA journalists are committed to supporting humanitarian organizations, film restoration and film education," said President Meher Tatna. "To date, we have awarded more than $ 30 million to these causes, and being an association of journalists, we are very aware of their importance, especially today."
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