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Women ruled in every way at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, from female-led projects picking up the lion’s share of hardware to Oprah Winfrey owning the stage.
In the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual event honoring the best in movies and TV, the darkly comic Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriwon four Globes, including top drama and actress for Frances McDormand, while coming-of-age tale Lady Bird picked up best comedy and an individual honor for star Saoirse Ronan. And in the TV categories, HBO’s Big Little Lies took best limited series plus honors for Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel snagged best comedy and The Handmaid’s Tale was named best drama.
Here’s a minute-by-minute breakdown (ET) of Sunday night’s festivities in Beverly Hills hosted by Seth Meyers.
11:06: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri gets its fourth award of the night, winning best drama and springing a major victory over the likes of The Shape of Waterand The Post (and making it a potential frontrunner in the Oscar race).
11:01:Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earns its third win, best actress in a drama for Frances McDormand. She promises tequila for her fellow nominees, and says that while she still doesn’t know who’s in the HFPA, “they managed to elect a female president. I’m just saying.” She mentions it’s “really great” to be in such a charged atmosphere at the Globes: “Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We’re here for the work.”10:51: Best actor in a drama goes to Gary Oldman for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. “I feel very humbled and surprised to be asked to this stage,” Oldman says. “Winston Churchill said, ‘My taste is simple: I am easily satisfied with the very best.’ And I was surrounded by the very best.” He thanks his makeup team and his wife, who “put up with my crazy for over a year” during filming: “She would say to friends, ‘I go to bed with Winston Churchill but I wake up with Gary Oldman,’ Which I suppose is better than the other way around.”
10:44:Lady Bird snags one of the big awards of the night: best comedy or musical. Writer/director Greta Gerwig thanks “the goddesses” — her stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf — and the city of Sacramento, which “gave me roots and wings and got me to where I am today.”
10:35: Saoirse Ronan is named best actress in a musical or comedy for Lady Bird. Fun fact: While she accepts, her mom watches via FaceTime.
10:27: Shocking no one, HBO’s Big Little Lies takes home best limited series — its fourth Globe win of the night. “This show is so much about the life that we present to the world could be very different than the life we live behind closed doors. I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke up about abuse and harassment,” says star and producer Reese Witherspoon. “People out there who are feeling silenced by harassment discrimination (and) abuse, time is up. We see you, we hear you and we will tell your stories.”
10:18: Presenter Natalie Portman throws some shade by pointing out that the best director field is all men. But Guillermo del Toro wins the Globe for The Shape of Water. “Since childhood, I have been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them because monsters I believe are patron saints of our blissful imperfection,” says a tearful filmmaker. “For 25 years i have crafted very strange little tales of emotion, color, life and shadow and in three precise instances, these fables have saved my life.” He won’t be played off, though: “It’s taken 25 years. Give me a minute,” del Toro says, laughing. “I thank you, my monsters thank you, and somewhere Lon Chaney is smiling upon all of us.”
10:03: Witherspoon introduces Oprah Winfrey, the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award and “the only person whose name is a verb, an adjective and a feeling.” After a standing ovation, Winfrey tells of her being a child in 1964 watching Anne Bancroft presenting at the Academy Awards and Sidney Poitier winning an Oscar. “I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that,” she says. “It is not lost on me that there are some little girls” watching her accept the DeMille award as Poitier did in 1982. She points out the value of a free press: “More than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times. What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.” But Winfrey also mentions the sexual harassment problem as one that “transcends” culture, geography and the workplace. “All the women who’ve endured years of abuse, they like my mother had children to feed, bills to pay and dreams to pursue,” Winfrey says. And her message to male abusers of power? “Their time is up.”
9:57: Aziz Ansari wins best actor in a TV comedy or musical for Master of None. “I’m glad we won this one. It would have sucked to lose two in a row,” he says. “The only reason I’m good in that show is everyone holds me up all the time.”
9:54:The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is named best TV comedy or musical. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino thanks “her murderer’s row” of actors and star Rachel Brosnahan, “half human and half Tolkien character.”
9:46: Ewan McGregor conquers best actor in a limited series for Fargo. “I’ve always loved being an actor and loved hanging out with actors,” he says when mentioning co-stars Carrie Coon, David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg.
9:41: The German movie In the Fade takes the Globe for best foreign language film. Director Fatih Akin kisses his actress Diane Kruger’s cheek and says, “This is yours.”
9:35:Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins best screenplay for writer/director Martin McDonagh. “It’s my mother’s birthday tomorrow and she likes this sort of thing,” he says. “Even though I think she wanted Lady Bird to win.”
9:28:I, Tonya standout Allison Janney pulls off a major win over Laurie Metcalf for best supporting actress in a film. She says co-star Margot Robbie “set the bar for everyone” and also thanks Tonya Harding, who’s in the audience, “for sharing her story.”
9:21: Pixar’s Coco wins for best animated movie, and director Lee Unkrich pays tribute to the film’s inspirations, the holiday of Dia de los Muertos and the “beautiful people of Mexico.”
9:17: Laura Dern gets the third win for HBO’s Big Little Lies, nabbing supporting actress in a limited series. She connects her “terrified” mother character, worried about a bullied daughter, to women’s current struggles with abuse and harassment. “Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silence and it was normalized,” Dern says. “May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our new north star.”
9:08: The Disaster Artist star James Franco wins best actor in a comedy or musical, and immediately calls up the man he plays in the movie, The Room filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. “I’m very happy to share this moment with him today,” Franco says, also calling out his brother/co-star Dave. “I love him more than anything. Thank you to my mother for giving him to me.”
9:00: Best original song goes to This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. It’s the second consecutive win for songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won a year ago for City of Stars from La La Land.
8:58: Composer Alexandre Desplat gets best original score for The Shape of Water, which came into the night with a field-leading seven Globe nominations. Desplat honors the “humanity and passion” of his director, del Toro.
8:55: Big Little Lies notches its second win, with Alexander Skarsgård getting best supporting actor in a limited series. He calls out fellow winner Kidman, who plays his wife on the show: “Nicole, I love you. Thank you for making this the greatest experience of my career.”
8:46: The Handmaid’s Tale gets its second Globe trophy of the night: a huge win for best drama.
8:42: Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us snags best actor in a TV drama — his first Globes victory. He thanks writer Dan Fogelman for such a great role: “I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am, and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or anybody who looks like me.”
8:32:The Handmaid’s Tale gets its first Globe win with Elisabeth Moss getting best actress in a drama. She paid tribute to author Margaret Atwood and others before and after her who “were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world.”
8:29: Rachel Brosnahan takes best actress in a TV comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “I’m going to have to write a whole bunch of thank-you notes, my brain is scrambled eggs,” she says. After saying hey to Oprah, she added that “there are so many women’s stories that need and deserve to be told” and called for people to champion those stories.
8:19: Sam Rockwell takes the first big movie award of the night, supporting actor for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. “I’ve been in a lot of indies and it’s nice to be in a movie that people see,” Rockwell says, thanking his “force of nature” co-star McDormand. “It was really fun to be your sparring partner.”
8:13: A pair of real superheroes, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson, are out to present the first award, and Big Little Lies‘ Nicole Kidman wins best actress in a limited series or movie. Getting the trophy early “means my daughters are still awake” she says. “I’m bringing this award home to my babies.” Kidman points out that her abused character on the show is very much a symbol of the current climate, and by having projects like Big Little Lies, “I do believe we can elicit change.”
8:07: Meyers mentions Winfrey is getting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. “What a tremendous honor for Cecil B. DeMille.”
8:00: “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen.” Meyers kicks off talking about the topics of the day, especially sexual harassment: “It’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood.” He jokes about how they tried to get a female host. “I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight.” He points to Seth Rogen: “Remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea? Simpler times.” Meyers also calls out Harvey Weinstein (“He’ll back in 20 years and will be the only person to boo the ‘In Memoriam’ [segment]”) as well as Christopher Plummer possibly replacing Kevin Spacey in House of Cards like he did All the Money in the World. “I hope he can do a Southern accent because Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”