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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little Lies” were the top winners at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Both the darkly comic film and the HBO limited series ended the night with four wins a piece in their respective motion picture and television categories. The 75th awards kicked off with Seth Meyers tackling Hollywood’s sexual misconduct and gender inequality head on in an opening monologue that also included the host joking about a presidential run for Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree Oprah Winfrey. She answered the call with an acceptance speech that inspired others to seriously consider the possibility

'Darkest Hour' and other Golden Globe winners find box office success in a sea of franchises

In a film industry dominated by superheroes and Jedi warriors, a character drama about Winston Churchill doesn’t scream box-office potential. Neither does a romance about a mute woman and an amphibious creature, or a quiet mother-and-daughter coming-of-age tale.

But despite the odds, dramas like “Darkest Hour,” “The Shape of Water” and “Lady Bird,” which all won awards at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, are drawing impressive audiences at the multiplex. Last weekend, indie movies made up nine of the top 20 films at the box-office, up from the roughly five that have cracked the charts during comparable weekends in the previous few years, according to Box Office Mojo.

“Lady Bird,” which took the best picture prize for comedy or musical, has topped $34 million at the box office so far. “The Shape of Water,” which won best director for Guillermo del Toro, has crossed the $20 million mark. Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” starring best actor winner Gary Oldman as Churchill, has taken in more than $28 million and ranked No. 8 in the U.S. and Canada last weekend. And “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the dark comedy that walked away with the top drama film prize, has grossed about $25 million.

Fashion

Marchesa MIA: Harvey Weinstein fallout led to the 2018 Golden Globes trend you didn't see

Octavia Spencer in Marchesa at the 2017 Oscars. The label seemed to be MIA at the first awards show since the Weinstein scandal broke. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Octavia Spencer in Marchesa at the 2017 Oscars. The label seemed to be MIA at the first awards show since the Weinstein scandal broke. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The 75th Golden Globes was a big night for symbolic, statement-making style on the red carpet, thanks to a parade of powerfully dressed women in an inky sea of black dresses, accessorized with Time’s Up lapel pins and accompanied by female activists.

And given the highly publicized effort to highlight the issues of gender inequality, sexual assault and harassment, it was nice to see a range of A-listers decked out in labels helmed by female designers, including “The Crown’s” Claire Foy in a black, double-breasted Stella McCartney suit, “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Samira Wiley in a black A-line Romona Keveža Collection gown, Elisabeth Moss and Natalie Portman in Dior (which tapped Maria Grazia Chiuri as its first female artistic director in 2016) and Sam Rockwell, Diane Kruger and Gary Oldman in Prada.

But there was one female-led label that was conspicuously absent at the first awards show of the year. Marchesa, the brand started by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman in 2004, has been making trips down awards-show red carpets since its founding. Sienna Miller at the 2007 Golden Globes, Jennifer Lopez for the 2007 Globes and 2007 Oscars, Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Oscars and Octavia Spencer at last year’s Academy Awards are just a few examples.

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'The Handmaid's Tale' showrunner Bruce Miller would love to hire more female directors

Our show is always looking to have a roster of all female directors. The most heartening thing that’s happened in the last year, from my point of view as a showrunner, is everybody’s too busy. The female directors, we would love to hire more, and they’re working too much. Which is just the way it should be.  ...

 

Shows work better — especially TV shows — by having different voices, writers, directors. So that it doesn’t feel like the same show every week. I know that our actors love working with different directors and different voices. A huge, huge part of this is getting more women behind the camera, in every level. Including mine.

Bruce Miller, showrunner of "The Handmaid's Tale"
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Lena Waithe's hopes 'The Chi' will help humanize black people and their experiences

I hope they realize that black folks are human beings, and we deserve to be treated as such. That was really my mission. I really wanted to show us being normal. I wanted to show us being human. That was the goal.

Lena Waithe, creator of "The Chi"
Red carpet

Ann Dowd of 'The Handmaid's Tale' is thrilled that Hollywood predators cannot hide anymore

I think [there is] tremendous relief at the enormity of the exposure of predators. Not just one or two. … And now there’s no hiding. The fact that these predators cannot pay their lawyers to get them somehow off … It’s thrilling and so important.

Ann Dowd, actress on "The Handmaid's Tale"
Fashion

Female designers make a major fashion statement at the 2018 Golden Globes. Now what?

Kerry Washington, Debra Messing and Eva Longoria arrive at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party on Sunday. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)
Kerry Washington, Debra Messing and Eva Longoria arrive at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party on Sunday. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)

A majority of stars who stepped onto the 75th Golden Globes’ red carpet embraced an all-black dress code supporting the Time’s Up movement, Hollywood’s newly launched effort in stamping out workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.

While red-carpet attendees were quick to show their solidarity with their spin on the evening’s color theme (or lack thereof), some managed to take that message of unity one step further by donning female designers for the evening.

“I had half my clients in women [designers], and half were not,” said Tara Swennen, who styled several stars, including best supporting actress winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), who wore a gown by Italian designer Mario Dice. “It was definitely something that we were trying to attain, but sometimes it just wasn’t possible.”

After parties

Golden Globes after-party scene: chocolate truffles, a kerfuffle and one very busy engraving station

Stars turned out to the after-parties. (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images, left and right;  Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP, center)
Stars turned out to the after-parties. (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images, left and right; Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP, center)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Productions teamed up for their official viewing and after-party to celebrate the 75th Golden Globes. Unlike most of the other Sunday soirees in various venues throughout the Beverly Hilton, the action at this one started long before the telecast ended.

As the final stop on the “winner’s walk,” Golden Globe recipients could go for their backstage interview and then stop into this party to have their names engraved on their trophies. So, not surprising, stars came streaming in during the telecast.

Having attended this party and then later the Warner Bros. and InStyle shindig, we offer highlights from both Sunday night affairs.

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Beyond wearing black, Hollywood stars discuss how they can improve their industry

Celebs took to the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet dressed in black to express solidarity with those who have spoken out against the sexual harassment and gender inequality plaguing their industry. But wearing all black to an event is just the beginning. 

When actors and filmmakers on the red carpet Sunday night were asked what they can and are doing to promote change, they had a wide range of answers, from hiring more female directors to raising your own consciousness.

“Lead by example first and foremost,” said “This Is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia. “Let’s just be good men on our sets, in our crews, in life.”

“The Handmaid Tale’s” Bruce Miller added that it was just as important to destigmatize conversations about sexual harassment and to provide a safe environment for those to speak out. 

“These things last a lot longer and don’t ever come to light because everybody is too embarrassed, ashamed, uncomfortable to talk about them,” Miller said.

See what else they had to say in the video above.

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Barbra Streisand extends her Globes criticism to Twitter to decry dearth of wins for female directors

Barbra Streisand at Sunday's Golden Globes. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
Barbra Streisand at Sunday's Golden Globes. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)

Barbra Streisand’s criticism of the Golden Globes didn’t stop after she left the podium Sunday night. In fact, the actress, director and singer continued scolding Hollywood on Twitter for not championing films directed by women.

While introducing the nominees for best picture — drama at the close of the show, Streisand expressed disbelief that she remained the only woman to win in the directing category in the show’s 75-year history. (She took home the award in 1984 for directing “Yentl” and was nominated for “The Prince of Tides” in 1991.)

“You know… that was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up,” Streisand said, echoing the women’s movement that prevailed as the theme of Sunday’s show.

Streisand’s revelation came after actress-director Natalie Portman’s dig that no women were nominated in the directing category this year, referring to the snub of “Lady Bird” director and writer Greta Gerwig.

Streisand’s time wasn’t up on Twitter, though. Just before midnight, she fired off a series of tweets after the show, also touting directors Dee Rees and Patty Jenkins for their films “Mudbound” and “Wonder Woman,” respectively.

Streisand also pointed out that “the three highest-grossing films last year were all carried by women.” 

The trio of films that dominated the domestic box office in 2017 were “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman,” which all featured strong female lead characters. However, only the latter film was directed by a woman.

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After parties

First stop post-Golden Globes? The HBO after-party

Emilia Clarke, left, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie arrive at the HBO Golden Globes after-party. (Richard Shotwell / Invision/Associated Press)
Emilia Clarke, left, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie arrive at the HBO Golden Globes after-party. (Richard Shotwell / Invision/Associated Press)

Because the entrance to the HBO bash is immediately outside the Beverly Hilton ballroom where the Golden Globes are held, it tends to be the first party stop for many revelers.

At least that was the move for Emilia Clarke, who took the opportunity to catch up with her "Game of Thrones" co-stars, chatting with Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Also at their table? The Lonely Island guys, including Andy Samberg. When the trio of dudes got up to leave, Clarke shook her head defiantly and insisted they stay longer. Samberg picked up the placard on the table reading "Game of Thrones." "See!" he said. "We don't belong here."

Shailene Woodley, meanwhile, spent the evening alongside the activist she had brought as her guest to the Globes, Calina Lawrence. Plenty of onlookers surrounded her table, but she was focused intently on her plate of food, as no one who attends the Globes actually gets to eat dinner.

Also spotted? Lena Dunham, chatting with her "Girls" showrunner Jenni Konner, and Nicole Kidman, who could barely get to a table due to an onslaught of selfie-seekers toting their iPhones.

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Watch Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep and Lena Waithe explain why they wore black to the Golden Globes

For solidarity and to signify change. That was the overwhelming message stars such as Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep and Lena Waithe shared when asked why they chose to wear black to the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday. 

“I’m proud to be wearing black to stand in solidarity with the women who have been doing the work for social justice for decades,” said Washington, a member of Time’s Up, on the red carpet.

The newly formed, all-female coalition was behind the event’s all-black plan

“The Handmaid’s Tale” actress Ann Dowd shared that if the move was merely symbolic, she would have passed. 

“It’s the fact that this organization is raising the funds to support those who don’t have the freedom to speak up for fear of losing their livelihood and the support of their family,” said Dowd. “That to me is what is the huge difference.”

But why black? “Master of None’s” Waithe considered the symbolism.

“We ain’t mourning the past, but we’re saying goodbye to it,” Waithe said. “We’re saying goodbye to a time where we allowed for homophobia, for transphobia, for sexual harassment, for any sort of racism. We’re putting a stop to that.”

After parties

At the Warner Bros. after-party, stars kick off their heels (literally) to dance

Elisabeth Moss and Shailene Woodley attend the Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globes party on Jan. 7. (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images for InStyle)
Elisabeth Moss and Shailene Woodley attend the Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globes party on Jan. 7. (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images for InStyle)

The first stop for many at the Warner Bros. and InStyle party was the L'Oréal flats machine. That's right, there was a machine on hand doling out free rollable flat shoes for any lady whose tootsies were wiped out after wearing heels all day.

That did not include Mariah Carey, who was posted up in the first banquette inside the party surrounded by a slew of Hollywood power players: Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Rowan Blanchard. Blanchard, 16, wasn't the only teen in attendance – Ava Witherspoon, 18, attended the bash with her mom, Reese.

Busy Phillips, who is typically Michelle Williams' plus-one – this year, Williams brought #MeToo founder Tarana Burke instead – caught up with her BFF at the party. They were hanging out near the "I, Tonya" crew, including Tonya Harding herself.

Despite the fact that Margot Robbie plays Harding in the film, the figure skater seemed to have found a new buddy in Allison Janney. The two kept hugging and laughing as Janney, who plays Harding's mother in the film, let Harding hold her newly acquired Golden Globe. Harding pretended to drop the prize, indicating how heavy it was, and then began rocking it like a baby.

Over on the dance floor, Maggie Gyllenhaal was busy dancing to Camila Cabello's "Havana." More guests were actually dancing at this bash than any other, perhaps on a sugar high after hitting the fully stocked gelato and donuts bar.

Unclear, however? Whether astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who wandered into the bash around 11 p.m., broke out into the moonwalk.

By 11:53 p.m. Elisabeth Moss was celebrating her big night in style.

After taking home the trophy for actress in a television drama series, as well as the best drama series win for “The Handmaid’s Tale” earlier in the evening, Moss was ready to dance.

Shoes off, she displayed her finest moves to an array of songs including “Shining” by DJ Khaled, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing).”

UPDATES:

12 p.m.: This article was updated with more details about the party.

This article was originally published at 10:16 a.m.

After parties

As the night wound down, Amazon's party was heating up

Sibling DJs Samantha Ronson and Mark Ronson scored the Amazon after party. (Amazon Studios)
Sibling DJs Samantha Ronson and Mark Ronson scored the Amazon after party. (Amazon Studios)

As some Golden Globe after-parties cleared out (ahem, the domed tent of the Focus party), others got packed — and some of the hottest soirées Sunday night turned out to be thrown by the newer kids on the block. 

Like Netflix’s, Amazon’s penthouse party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was a hot ticket. Around 11:30 p.m., Viola Davis made her way down the hallways just as Mariah Carey was gliding out; guests arriving in the witching hour were greeted by the booming sounds of rising rapper Cardi B.

Her breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” gave way to a supremely danceable DJ set as attendees filled a small dance floor, gazing out at the Los Angeles skyline from penthouse heights.

The party’s catchy soundtrack was no accident, as Amazon brought in the heavy hitters to score the evening. 

Sibling DJs Samantha Ronson and Mark Ronson were both on hand to successfully keep the dance floor full late into the evening.

UPDATES:

11:45 a.m.: This article was updated with more details about the party.

This article was originally published at 10:08 a.m.

PoliticsTV

NBC apologizes, removes tweet endorsing Oprah Winfrey for president

Oprah Winfrey appears at Sunday night's Golden Globes. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Oprah Winfrey appears at Sunday night's Golden Globes. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

NBC apologized on Monday for a tweet endorsing Oprah Winfrey as “OUR future president.”

The tweet was posted in response to a quip from Seth Meyers’ Golden Globes opening monologue, but fell flat with some on social media, including President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

The network, which aired Sunday’s show, then removed the tweet, explaining that it had been posted by a third-party agency used by NBC Entertainment and “was not meant to be a political statement.”

Here’s how it all went down:

“In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president, [Donald Trump], at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Jokes about how he was unqualified to be president,” Meyers quipped. “Some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!”

The joke was promptly followed by the tweet in question, which bore a GIF of Winfrey, Sunday’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient. It said “Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” referencing a viral anti-Trump meme.

However, Trump supporters didn’t find the barb so amusing and a backlash ensued. Trump’s Twitter-enthusiast son Don Jr. then took the network to task, saying that the tweet showed the broadcaster’s bias loud and clear.

“In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it,” he wrote, sharing NBC’s Winfrey tweet. “The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it. Can you trust anything they say at this point? Americans see the truth in job #s & in their wallets!”

The network then took the tweet down and issued its apology, which Don Jr. later called “strange.”

After parties

More fun from the Fox Golden Globes after-party

From left, Abbie Cornish, Martin McDonagh, Richard Jenkins and Sam Rockwell attend Fox's Golden Globes after-party on Jan. 7. (Jordan Strauss / Invision)
From left, Abbie Cornish, Martin McDonagh, Richard Jenkins and Sam Rockwell attend Fox's Golden Globes after-party on Jan. 7. (Jordan Strauss / Invision)

The Fox Golden Globes bash — which included 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, FX, National Geographic and Hulu — was an early must-stop for Globes-goers who noshed on charcuterie and cheeses. 

“Shape of Water” mastermind Guillermo del Toro and Martin McDonagh, director of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (which won for motion picture – drama), arrived showing off their Golden Globes.

The evening’s winningest studio had a lot to celebrate at the sprawling after-party held on the roof terrace of the Beverly Hilton, where glinting chandeliers hung high above post-show revelers.

Stars of “The Post” gathered in one nook; gawkers flocked toward best actress winner Frances McDormand and her husband, Joel Coen; on the dance floor “The Greatest Showman” actress and singer Keala Settle posed for pictures, celebrating a best-song win for “This Is Me.”

In the “Shape of Water” corner sat “Star Trek: Discovery” star Doug Jones, the versatile physical performer who plays the creature in Del Toro’s sci-fi romantic adventure. 

“I’ve known Guillermo for 20 years and seven projects,” Jones said, speaking fondly of Del Toro, with whom he first worked on 1997’s “Mimic.” “I’m so happy for him.”

Outside, along a cozy terrace, television screens replayed scenes from the Globes telecast. Hungry guests lined up to soak up Champagne suds with gourmet pizza and enjoy an espresso bar.

But the sushi (prepared by on-site chefs) proved alarmingly mediocre — not that it stopped anyone from partaking — as the DJ spun tunes from Madonna to Chubby Checker for the early-night crowd.

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Women take center stage at the Golden Globes

Oprah Winfrey backstage after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Oprah Winfrey backstage after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The 75th Golden Globes were the first major awards show of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. didn’t miss its cue.

The procession of black dresses that began at the Beverly Hilton’s red carpet moved to the winner’s podium as films and television shows driven by women — “Lady Bird,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — prevailed at a ceremony marked mostly by serious speeches focusing on months of allegations and admissions of sexual harassment within Hollywood.

“There’s a new era underway,” host Seth Meyers said moments into his opening monologue, “and I can tell, because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.”

“By the way,” he continued, “a special hello to hosts of other upcoming awards shows that are watching me tonight — like the first dog they shot into outer space.”

If this year’s Globes marked a new age for awards shows, it wasn’t remarkably different from previous editions, save for the monochromatic evening wear, the on-point #MeToo messaging and, for the most part, the jettisoning of snark, though the show did have a few priceless, snide moments. (Natalie Portman, presenting the director category: “And here are the all-male nominees.")

The evening, long marketed as the looser, less inhibited answer to the stodgy Oscars, actually felt a lot like the Academy Awards with plenty of effusive and heartfelt acceptance speeches, with particular note being paid to the front-row presence of Oprah Winfrey, the recipient of the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille honor. (Meyers did one bit pegged to Winfrey running for president in 2020.)

All that attention proved prescient as Winfrey delivered the evening’s big powerhouse moment with nearly everyone in the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom hanging on every word.

Fact CheckPolitics

Oprah for president? Sure, but Donald Trump always thought she'd be a great running mate: 'I think we’d win easily'

Winfrey and Trump in 2020? Don't count on it. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times, left; Andrew Harnik / Associated Press, right)
Winfrey and Trump in 2020? Don't count on it. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times, left; Andrew Harnik / Associated Press, right)

Oprah Winfrey’s political prospects have been subject to speculation for decades. And even President Trump has fed into it.

The former talk-show host, who accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes with a rapturous speech on Sunday, was touted by Trump as a possible running mate long before he was sworn in as president.

When the president was still a mere grandiose builder in the late 1980s, he did the rounds criticizing U.S. foreign policy after taking out a full-page ad on the topic and sparking debate about his own presidential aspirations.

Winfrey suspected that he might run some day, but Trump wasn’t so sure back then.

"I just probably wouldn't do it, Oprah,” he told her in 1988. “I probably wouldn't, but I do get tired of seeing what's happening with this country, and if it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what's happening with this country, how we're really making other people live like kings, and we're not."

Trump told Larry King in 1987, “I have no intention of running for president.” The following year, Trump recited a similar yarn as a guest on Winfrey’s top-rated talk show, one of many dual appearances he had with her.

By the late ’90s, however, Trump was still being asked about his political aspirations and even a possible running mate. 

“I love Oprah," Trump told King in 1999. “Oprah would always be my first choice. If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.”

Then in June 2015, Trump circled back to that prospect, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Winfrey would be the perfect running mate who would help him clinch the election.

“I’d love to have Oprah,” Trump said. “I think we’d win easily, actually.”

But in June 2016, when Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel told Winfrey that she “would beat both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton” if she ran.

However, Winfrey doubled down, much like Trump once did, saying she “would never run for office” and declared her support for Clinton.

Winfrey did tease some hope of a presidential run, though:

“For many years, I used to think — until this election year, I thought — ‘Wow, I have no…’ Why do people say that? I have no qualifications to run,” she said. “I’m feeling pretty qualified. After this year, I’m feeling really qualified.”

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Oprah Winfrey declares a 'new day on the horizon' in a speech that stirs hope (in some) of a presidential run

Oprah Winfrey accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
Oprah Winfrey accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)

We all have lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey may not be running for president — yet — but on Sunday, it felt like she was kicking off her campaign.

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globes on a night focused on sexual harassment within the entertainment business, the talk show guru brought the crowd of black-clad celebrities to their feet with a rousing speech about the power of speaking out against abuse and injustice.

Even before she took the stage, Winfrey was the center of attention. In his opening monologue, host Seth Meyers joked about his hope that she’d run for president (with Tom Hanks as her running mate). Award winners Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” and Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” both gave Winfrey shout-outs in their acceptance speeches.

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Women in black take over the Golden Globes in a show of solidarity against sexual harassment and gender inequality

Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Billie Jean King at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7.. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Billie Jean King at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7.. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Last January, women marched in cities across the U.S. in a show of solidarity against the patriarchy. A year later, the protest came to the red carpet. Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, hundreds of women, and men, chose to speak about gender parity and sexual harassment instead of their designers. And instead of pink, they wore black.

Days before the ceremony, 300 powerful women in Hollywood announced the Time’s Up campaign, an initiative to draw attention to sexual harassment in the industry and beyond, and asked Globe attendees to wear black. Virtually all of them did, creating what Meryl Streep called “a thick black line” that wound its way up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hilton, where winner after winner thanked the power of women rather than the usual laundry list of power brokers.

The evening hit a crescendo when, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award, Oprah Winfrey brought the house down with a speech calling for the day when no woman would have to say “Me too”; Barbra Streisand expressed shock that she was the only woman to receive a Globe for best director, and even Thelma and Louise (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) were resurrected to announce one of the evening’s top awards, perhaps to show how far the industry has, and has not, come since they drove off that cliff 27 years ago rather than return to their limited lives.

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Tommy Wiseau reveals what he would have said on stage at the Golden Globes

Tommy Wiseau, James Franco and Dave Franco on stage at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Jan. 7.. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
Tommy Wiseau, James Franco and Dave Franco on stage at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Jan. 7.. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)

On a night that will be remembered mostly for its somber attire, sober attitude and that rousing speech from Oprah Winfrey, there was at least one glimmer of the classic, madcap unpredictability of the Golden Globes. That was provided, appropriately enough, by James Franco, Tommy Wiseau and the inside-out making-of tale “The Disaster Artist.”

When Franco won lead actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical for his portrayal of Wiseau, Franco grabbed his younger brother and costar Dave Franco and dragged him onstage. And then from somewhere far, far in the back of the room came Wiseau, barreling onstage at the elder Franco’s exhortation. As Wiseau reached the stage, he headed straight for the microphone but James Franco physically blocked him from it.

Franco instead read a speech from his phone, saying of Wiseau, “Nineteen years ago he was stuck in traffic, from the Golden Globes, he said to his best friend Greg,” — and here Franco briefly launched into Wiseau’s distinctive, unplaceable accent — “‘Golden Globes, so what, I’m not invited. I know they don’t want me, guy with accent, long hair, so I show them. I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie.’”

Resuming in his own voice, Franco continued, “I am very happy to share this moment with him today.”

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