The Golden Globes never are not a party. But while the jokes were being told, people drank champagne and celebrated movies, television and talent, tonight was much more.
Before a single shoe touched the red carpet, the conversation had begun, and the goal of the stars was there to make sure the conversation was not limited to the red carpet or Hollywood. And, most importantly, it continues on Sunday.
As planned, the Golden Globes 2018 served as a powerful platform for the Time & # 39; s Up movement, formed just a few weeks ago and backed by hundreds of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in response to the overwhelming number of women and men of all professions that have been presented in recent months to share their experiences on sexual harassment, assault or abuse.
An organic sequel to the Me Too movement began in 2010 by Tarana Burke and revived on social media in October by Alyssa Milano after Harvey Weinstein decades of bad behavior caught him, Time's visually made his presence known tonight in the form of, like Meryl Streep put it, the "thick black line" composed of stars who chose to wear black as a sign of solidarity-with each other, and with all those who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, but have spent an embarrassing amount of time suffering in silence.
Before the show, several attendees posted similar messages with the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack and shared photos of themselves wearing a Time & # 39; s Up t-shirt.
Alison Brie nominated for the lead actress in a comedy series for GLOW told E! News on the red carpet that, although the parade of black dresses, monkeys and separators could be interpreted as somber, the result was really the opposite. "The atmosphere here is very festive," he said. "It's so enriching."
Eight celebrities were also especially excited to show their dates this year: activists of various causes who have dedicated their lives to trying to promote opportunities for women and create a fair playing field.
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Emma Stone nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy by his performance Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes walked the red carpet with the legend of tennis, who off the field has been an advocate for women in sports and LGBT rights.
"I think it's one step at a time," said King People about the radical change that has been going on for years but is currently having an unprecedented moment. "Every generation has to fight for equality and now it's Emma's turn with her generation, and it's great to be here tonight wearing black, we really have to … stop, stop now. each other and it's all, all genres together. "
#MeToo creator Burke walked the red carpet with Michelle Williams and said he was" profoundly humble "to see the movement that began almost eight years to manifest in this way. "This is something I started out of necessity and for something that I thought my community needed, and that has grown over the years, but I never imagined it would grow like this," he told E! News. But this moment is so powerful because we are seeing a collaboration between these two worlds that people do not usually put together and that we will probably face each other. So it's really powerful to be on the red carpet tonight. "
Christopher Polk / NBCU / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images  ] Along with the women, tons of men, from the teenage stars of Stranger Things to Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer wore a Time Pin & # 39; s Up  Celebrities who did not attend also expressed support for the movement on social media. Anne Hathaway took a photo of herself in a black dress despite being sidelined by the flu. Gabrielle Union movingly used the #TimesUp, #WhyWeWearBlack and #MeToo labels to reveal that this year marked 25 years since she was raped, and she also hopes that there is no turning back at this seminal moment.
"Together we can cent The voices of the most marginalized among us, "he wrote next to a photo of her elf in a black hooded sweatshirt. "Together we can recognize that the template has ended and that the time has come for a monumental change."
The ceremony itself did not forget the most pressing issues of the day, the current policy of Washington took a strange backseat on the host Seth Meyers & # 39; monologue. But despite the seriousness of the message, the mood inside the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton was still festive, optimistic and overwhelmingly optimistic.
"Many of us were told not to cheat", Laura Dern a winner of the supporting actress in a television series or movie of Big Little Lies in the who played a mother whose daughter is being bullied and is too afraid to identify the true culprit, he said when accepting his prize. "It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized, I urge everyone to not only support the survivors and passersby who are brave enough to tell their truth, but also to promote restorative justice and protect and employ them. , without fear of reprisal, is the new North Star of our culture. "
The night was not free of humor, although the majority stayed, more than usual, taking into account that the Balloons are known for their unusual moments, often improved with alcohol, for the host.
"Welcome, ladies and gentlemen remaining," joked Meyers at the top of the program. He also noted how, for the men in the room, it would be "the first time in three months that it would not be terrifying to hear his name read aloud."
And a long, though desperately needed, three months were, while the women told their stories and one famous man after another was accused of bad behavior toward women and men. The nomination of Christopher Plummer as best supporting actor in a movie was a direct reminder in the middle of how fast the Hollywood machine-so good to cover up for so long-could also use its magical powers for good. After Anthony Rapp presented the accusation that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when he was only 14 years old, and then the crew members in House of Cards charged Spacey with harassment and intimidation on set, Ridley Scott scrubbed Spacey from his role of J. Paul Getty in All the money in the world- which was finalized – and replaced it with Plummer.
At the beginning of the show, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meher Tatna announced that the organization would grant $ 1 million grants to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists, for help "defend the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisals." Journalists New York Times and New Yorker who reported accusations against Harvey Weinstein have spoken about the intimidation tactics used to discourage them from publishing, and press freedom in general has not been a hot topic in years.
The election of Oprah Winfrey as recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award was a guarantee that the audience would be captivated, and finally stood up three times. times, by the voice of a strong woman, inimitably consummate, who would not shy away from the truth and who would almost certainly do the moment not from her, but from the times in which we live, the paths burned to reach this moment, the pain that so many they have suffered and how imperative it is that we do not back down.
"We all know that the press is besieged these days, but we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to discover the absolute truth that prevents us from turning ignore corruption and injustice, from tyrants and victims, and from secrets and lies, "said Winfrey in thanking the HFPA, often ridiculed for being inscrutable in its purpose but, at the end of the day, an association of journalists. "I value the press more than ever when we try to navigate in these complicated times, which leads me to this: what I know for sure is that telling your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, I am especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and powerful enough to talk and share their personal stories.
"Each of us in this room is celebrated because of the stories we tell. And this year, we became history. But it's not just the story that affects the entertainment industry. It is one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or place of work. "
And that is where Time & # 39; s Up intends to make changes in all industries, transcending cultural differences, economic and political: Nearly $ 15 million has already been raised for the movement's legal defense fund, created for women who work in manual jobs and service industries and may not feel they have the resources to defend themselves or defend themselves.
"For too long women have not heard or believed if they have dared to tell their truth to the power of these men," Winfrey continued, adding, in a knowing voice: "But they are running out of time. His time is to ! "And so were the funds, out of the seats.
" So I want all the girls to look, here and now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! "she concluded." And when that new day finally arrives, it will be thanks to many great women, many of whom are right in this room tonight, and some phenomenal men who are struggling hard to make sure they become the leaders that take us to the time in the one that nobody has to say again "me too"!
No one was going to be able to convey that message like Oprah Winfrey.
Next, without the benefit of a commercial break, Ron Howard acknowledged the futility of following Oprah with the Best Director award.
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Co-presenter Natalie Portman provided the necessary shake, however, when he intervened, "And here are the nominees exclusively male, "he said digging into the snub of Lady Bird