BEVERLY HILLS — Seth Meyers launched the 75th Annual Golden Globes with a sentence that summed up the atmosphere of the star-studded evening.
“Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” Meyers began. “It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn’t.”
The host’s biting, no holds barred monologue took on sexism in Hollywood, racism and Trump, and specifically addressed the many women in the room wearing all black in solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
“It’s been years since a white man has been this nervous in Hollywood,” Meyers said. “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this will be the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”
Taking aim at Donald Trump, Meyers, mentioned the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “A string of three words that could not have been better designed to infuriate our president: Hollywood Foreign Press. The only name that would make him angrier would be the Hillary Mexico Salad Association.”
But perhaps his most stinging joke of the evening was when he addressed Harvey Weinstein’s unsurprising absence, “Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person to be booed at the annual In Memoriam.”
The color of the evening was black as nearly all the women in attendance chose dark dresses to pay respect to the all those who came forward in 2018 to speak out against sexual assault and harassment. Yet despite being understated the show was undoubtedly stylish, because who doesn’t look good in black?
Standouts included Reese Witherspoon’s custom off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown, Viola Davis’ simple velvet Brandon Maxwell dress paired with a stunning Harry Winston diamond necklace, Saoirse Ronan‘s modernist custom Atelier Versace gown, and Margot Robbie’s plunging custom black satin Gucci dress with floral accents.
Most of the women who received awards last night made profound and unapologetic statements against sexism in the workplace.
Allison Janney, who won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Film for her role in I, Tonya, remarked, “I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to end abuse and sexual harassment, but I think there will be repercussions for that behavior.”
Meanwhile, Frances McDormand, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Film, gave a rousing speech, which she ended by saying, “So many of you know I keep my politics private but it was really great to be in this room tonight. And to be part of the tectonic movement in our industry’s power structure. Trust me. The women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”
Elisabeth Moss, wearing a simple yet elegant Dior Haute Couture A-line black dress with an embellished collar, took home the award for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series. In her speech, she paid tribute to the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, and stated, “We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print — and we are writing the stories ourselves.”
But perhaps the highlight of the evening was when Reese Witherspoon presented Oprah Winfrey with the Cecile B. Demille Award, which is given “to a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Winfrey’s powerful speech, which had the crowd cheering and on their feet, addressed everything from the impact that seeing Sidney Poitier receive the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 for Lillies of the Field had on her as a poor, African-American child to Recy Taylor, who was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left on the side of the road in 1944. Taylor, who reported her assault to the NAACP, had her case investigated by a young Rosa Parks. She died just 11 days ago at 97.
Winfrey also took a veiled hit at Trump stating, “I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because we all know that the press is under siege these days. But we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To tyrants and victims and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before, as we try to navigate these complicated times.”
She ended her speech by saying, “So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And 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. Thank you.”