Golden Globes 2018: 7 major talking points, from Natalie Portman's dig to Oprah Winfrey's incredible speech

A night defined by the #MeToo movement

Jack Shepherd
Monday 08 January 2018 12:08
Golden Globes 2018 highlights

Once again, the Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood award season in style, glossy celebrities from around the world coming together for the esteemed event.

Missed the ceremony? Fear not, as we have summed all the major talking points below, ranging from Natalie Portman’s quick dig at the all-male director nominees to Oprah’s magnificent speech.

1 – #MeToo

Before the event took place, word spread that actors protesting the recent spate of sexual assault allegations would be wearing all-black at the ceremony. Sure enough, the majority of actors took to the stage dressed head-to-toe in dark clothing, standing in support of each other.

During the ceremony itself, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Greta Gerwig and many more women spoke at length about the industry’s responsibility to put sexual assault and misconduct firmly in the past.

2 – Oprah’s speech

Oprah's Golden Globe speech: 'For too long women have not been believed'

The #MeToo culminated in one of the greatest speeches ever given at an awards show. Accepting the Cecile B. DeMille award, the world-renown personalty and actor called the honour “the greatest thing ever,” going on to talk about sexism, Rosa Parks and the late Civil Rights icon Recy Taylor.

“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” Winfrey said in her powerful speech. “It is an honour and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”

3 – Natalie Portman’s shade

Natalie Portman shades the All Male directors category GoldenGlobes

Portman managed to cause heads to turn as she presented the Best Director awards, subtly criticising the lack of female representation in the category.

“And here are all the male nominees,” she said, introducing Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Spielberg (The Post), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World) and eventual winner, The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Female contenders who many believed should have been nominated include Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (which itself won best comedy picture), Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman, and Kathryn Bigelow for Detroit.

4 – A night of firsts

While the film categories may have been lacking diversity, the TV categories shone as Aziz Ansari became the first man of Asian descent to win for Best Actor in a TV comedy with Master of None, Sterling K. Brown the first black man to win for Best Actor in a TV drama with This Is Us, and Oprah the first black woman to take home the Cecile B. DeMille.

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5 – Get Out gets snubbed

Jordan Peele’s ‘comedy’ — yes, the movie was entered in the comedy/musical category rather than drama — managed to take home a grand total of zero awards. Despite being the favourite to win, Get Out was beaten by Lady Bird for best picture and British actor Daniel Kaluuya managed to lose to James Franco in the best actor category. Fans of the movie were outraged.

6 – Big Little Lies and Three Billboards

The evening’s biggest winners were the TV show Big Little Lies and drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, both scooping four awards. For Three Billboards, Frances McDormand took home the best actress in a drama award, co-star Sam Rockwell winning best supporting actor, Martin McDonagh winning best screenplay, and the movie named best picture.

Big Little Lies was named best limited series, with Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgard all winning for their roles. Read the full list of winners here.

7 – Seth Meyers makes everyone gasp

The Golden Globes kicked off with a monologue from host Seth Meyers, who immediately decided to talk about the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Meyers decided to address “the elephant not in the room”, saying: “Harvey Weinstein isn’t in the room tonight. Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he will be the first person to be booed during the In Memoriam segment.” Many in the room immediately gasped.

Honourable mentions: Tommy Wiseau trying to take over James Franco’s speech, Hugh Jackman being baffled by Franco’s speech, Tom Hanks serving cocktails to other nominees, and the 101-year-old Kirk Douglas making an appearance.

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