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Monday, 8 January 2018

'Nobody will ever have to say Me Too again': Oprah reduces Golden Globes guests to tears with 'presidential' speech praising the women AND men leading Tinseltown's fightback from sex abuse scandals

  • Oprah Winfrey used her Golden Globe lifetime achievement speech to thank the women who have bravely shared their personal stories of abuse 
  • The 63-year-old media mogul was raped by her cousin, an uncle and a family friend statrting when she was just nine, and at 14 became pregnant from on of these sexual assaults but suffered a miscarriage
  • A galaxy of stars wore the color black to show solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and assault at the 75th annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles Sunday night
  • Host Seth Meyers opened awards ceremony by diving straight into material about the sex scandals that have roiled the industry and Harvey Weinstein
  • A number of actresses who played strong, empowered women stepped up to claim awards, including Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Dern and Rachel Brosnahan 
  • Frances McDormand won best actress in a drama for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missiouri, while Gary Oldman for best actor in a drama for the Darkest Hour
  • Revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the Golden Globe Award for best film drama
  • Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams were among those stars to arrive with gender and racial justice activists  
  • Several attendees chose not to wear black to the high-profile event, including Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association 

Oprah Winfrey led the charge for female empowerment at the Golden Globes when she delivered a powerful speech urging men and women to work together to ensure no one ever has to utter the words 'Me Too' again.
The actress and businesswoman, who received a lengthy standing ovation as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Globes ceremony, said she was honored to be the first black woman to receive the accolade.
The 63-year-old, who left most of the audience in tears, began her speech speaking about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best actor Academy Award in 1964.
'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,' Oprah said. 'It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.'
'I want all the girls watching here to know that a new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.' 
Winfrey's speech was widely praised with some calling 'it one of the greatest American speeches' as others urged her to make a run for President in 2020.  


Oprah Winfrey used her Golden Globe lifetime achievement speech Sunday night to issue a rallying cry as she begged both men and women to do what they could to ensure no one ever has to utter the words 'Me Too' again

Winfrey also addressed the sexual misconduct scandal roiling Hollywood and beyond, saying she was inspired by all the women who have bravely shared their personal stories of abuse.
'It's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.
'So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. 
'They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They're part of the world of tech and politics and business. They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military.'
Oprah was sexually assaulted throughout her childhood, and has been very open about her experiences.
She was raped by a cousin when she was just nine and later molested by an uncle and a friend of the family.
At the age of 14, one of these rapes resulted in a pregnancy, but Oprah lost the baby when she suffered a miscarriage. She had been expecting a boy, and in 2015 named the baby Canaan. 
Oprah went on to recall the abuse story related to a woman named Recy Taylor who was raped at gunpoint in 1944 by six white males as she walked home from church in Alabama. Recy's assault galvanized black people across the country and helped sow the seeds for the birth of the Civil Rights movement. Rosa Parks was among those fighting to get justice for the traumatized mother-of-one.
'The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday,' Winfrey said.
'She lived as 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. Their time is up.
'I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. 
'It's here with every woman who chooses to say 'Me too' and every man - every man who chooses to listen.'  

Winfrey also addressed the sexual misconduct scandal roiling Hollywood and beyond, saying she was inspired by all the women who have bravely shared their personal stories of abuse

Winfrey also addressed the sexual misconduct scandal roiling Hollywood and beyond, saying she was inspired by all the women who have bravely shared their personal stories of abuse

Oprah received a lengthy standing ovation as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Globes ceremony

Oprah received a lengthy standing ovation as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Globes ceremony

It won best picture, drama, best actress, drama, for Frances McDormand, best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and best screenplay for writer-director Martin McDonagh. 
McDormand plays the mother seeking justice for her daughter as she takes on the small town police force who she doesn't believe is doing enough to solve the case.
In accepting her award, McDormand ribbed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Globes, saying she still didn't know who they are but credited them for electing a female president.
Hollywood had earlier confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era with a highly anticipated wear-black protest at the Golden Globes and award winners using the podium on Sunday night to praise the brave women who have spoken out against sexual harassment and gender inequality.
Turning the Globes dark on the fashion front had been anticipated for days after a call for massive reform with Time's Up following the downfall of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and numerous others in Hollywood, media, fashion, tech, publishing and other industries.   
Host Seth Meyers opened the 75th annual Golden Globes by diving straight into material about the sex scandals that have roiled the industry, while a number of actresses who played strong, empowered women stepped up to claim awards. 
Meyers, in his first time hosting the Globes, started his monologue by saying, 'Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen!'
'It's 2018: Marijuana is legal and sexual harassment finally isn't,' he added.
'For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won't be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.'

Big Little Lies, Laura Dern, who took home the best supporting actress TV award, said in her acceptance speech: “May we teach all of our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our new North Star'

Big Little Lies, Laura Dern, who took home the best supporting actress TV award, said in her acceptance speech: 'May we teach all of our children that speaking out without fear of retribution is our new North Star'

Meyers noted that Weinstein wasn't present for Sunday's ceremony, but said that he'll be back in 20 years - when he'll be the 'first person ever booed during the In Memorium' segment. 
He mixed his comments about the sexual misconduct scandal with jokes about the nominees and a few barbs directed at President Donald Trump and House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey.
The first award of the night went to one of Hollywood's most powerful women, Nicole Kidman, for her performance in HBO's The Big Little Lies - the series she and Reese Witherspoon produced.
'This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: Abuse,' Kidman said, as she dedicated her award to the 'power of women'
'I do believe, and I hope, we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. 
'Let's keep the conversation alive. Let's do it.' 
Other early awards continued the theme of female empowerment. 

Tracee Ellis RossDakota JohnsonJessica Biel
Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Johnson and Jessica Biel all donned black gowns as they joined the Time's Up protest in response to the Hollywood sex abuse scandal

The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss won the Golden Globe Award for best actress in a television drama. She dedicated her award to the author behind the best-selling book Margaret Atwood and the other women who have spoken up about injustices.
Moss plays one of the few fertile women left in a world ruled by a totalitarian regime where women are considered property.
'We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print,' Moss said, making reference to Atwood's book. 'We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the stories in print and we are writing the stories ourselves.'
Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a TV series musical or comedy for the recently debuted 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - a show about a 1950s housewife.
'This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman, and I am endlessly proud to be a part of it,' she said. 'There are so many women's stories out there that need and deserve to be told.'

Kidman's co-star on Big Little Lies, Laura Dern, later took home the best supporting actress TV award.
Dern said Big Little Lies gave her the opportunity to play the 'most outrageous, complicated woman, and a terrified mother - terrified because her little girl was being abused and bullied and she was too afraid to speak up.'
'Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing, and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth, but to promote restorative justice.
'May we also please protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new North Star.'
This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown took home the Golden Globe for Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama. He thanked creator Dan Fogelman in his acceptance speech. 
'You wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man,' Brown said. 'I'm being seen for who I am.'
Best actor in a comedy or musical went to James Franco for his performance as the infamous 'The Room' filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. Franco dragged his co-star and brother, Dave, to the stage and called up Wiseau. When the Wiseau, wearing his trademark sunglasses, got to the stage, he moved for the microphone before Franco turned him back. 'Whoa, whoa, whoa,' Franco said as the audience chuckled.

Best actor in a comedy or musical went to James Franco for his performance as the infamous 'The Room' filmmaker Tommy Wiseau

Best actor in a comedy or musical went to James Franco for his performance as the infamous 'The Room' filmmaker Tommy Wiseau

Red touch: Mandy Moore, star of This Is US, wowed in her black gown, which featured a bold belt; the actress added ruby earrings and equally bright lipstick

Red touch: Mandy Moore, star of This Is US, wowed in her black gown, which featured a bold belt; the actress added ruby earrings and equally bright lipstick

Sunday night's all-black demonstration was prompted by the new initiative Time's Up, backed by more than 300 women in Hollywood including Streep, Williams, Dern and Winfrey. The group have banded together to advocate for gender parity in executive ranks and provide legal defense aid for sexual harassment victims.
Ashley Judd, the first big name to go on record with her Harvey Weinstein experience, and Salma Hayek, who penned an op-ed last month about her nightmare with Weinstein, arrived at the ceremony together.
Just about every man and woman to take to the red carpet was dressed in black with many of them also wearing a Time's Up pin. 
Streep, who is part of a new initiative Time's Up, said in a red carpet interview: 'People are aware now of a power imbalance and it's something that leads to abuse'. 
'It led to abuse in our own industry and led to abuse in domestic work... in the military, in Congress... and we want to fix that.
'We feel emboldened to stand together in a thick black line.' 
Williams, speaking on the red carpet alongside Tarana Burke, said they were here because of the work the 'Me Too' founder had achieved. 
'I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn to protect herself... but thanks to Tarana's work we have the opportunity to hand our children a different world,' Williams said.
Alison Brie said that the Time's Up initiative had made her realize how powerful women can be when they all stand together.
The actress, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in the Netflix wrestling show GLOW, wore a dramatic strapless black dress with a sweetheart neckline. Brie said she thinks change will come when more women are in power at the top. She added that a lot more listening needs to happen across all industries. 

Eight actresses, including Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone, announced Sunday that they would be bringing gender and racial justice activists as their guests, including MeToo founder Tarana Burke and the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo.
The advocates and activists said Sunday that their hope in walking the red carpet was to shift the focus back on survivors and solutions, and away from perpetrators of sexual misconduct.
Though the red carpet was dominated by black, actors made it their own: Allison Williams provided a pop of orange and silver on the bodice of her black Armani Prive column gown. Singer Kelly Clarkson sported gold at the neck and on one sleeve of her black Christian Siriano dress.
Jessica Biel kept the fairytale alive in a princessy strapless Dior with dainty sheer embellishment.
Shailene Woodley donned a silk beaded turtleneck and black tulle evening skirt from Ralph Lauren Collection. Diane Kruger chose a Prada black-dotted tulle gown with a cascading shawl train, edges rimmed in fun metal beading.
Claire Foy of the Netflix series 'The Crown' went with a black pantsuit and Tracee Ellis Ross accessorized her black jersey halter dress by Marc Jacobs with a matching headscarf. Catherine Zeta Jones wore a couture, sheer lace Zuhair Murad A-line gown. Margot Robbie, star of 'I, Tonya,' wore a custom Gucci black satin V-neck gown.  

However, not everybody has supported the protest, including Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, loudly and persistently calling the effort an empty gesture. 
The Golden Globes, once the stomping grounds of Weinstein, belonged to someone else this year.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards was considered wide open, with contenders including Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water,' Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' and eventual winner Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.'
But regardless of who did win, the spotlight was was never going to stray far from the sexual harassment scandals that have roiled Hollywood ever since an avalanche of allegations toppled Weinstein. 
Before his fall, Weinstein lorded over the Globes and two decades of winners.
Everything in Hollywood's carefully choreographed awards season has been altered by the still unfolding revelations of sexual misconduct, from the nominees to the red-carpet wardrobe. 
This year's recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille recipient for lifetime achievement was Oprah Winfrey, who earlier called the fallout following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein 'a watershed moment' for women.
Winfrey is among the hundreds of women in the entertainment industry who have banded together to form Time's Up, an initiative to advocate for gender equality among studio and talent agency executives. 
It has also created a $14 million legal fund for victims of sexual harassment. 

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