Last night’s Golden Globes ceremony were unique to say the least. As the first awards ceremony of 2018 following a very turbulent 2017, especially for the film industry, all eyes were on the women of the night as they supported the #TimesUp movement by wearing black. But Oprah, Viola Davis, Debra Messing and many other inspiring women did not disappoint. Here were some of the best quotes of the night by women.
- Debra Messing Got Real
The Will & Grace actress kicked things off with a bang during an interview with E! before the show when she called out the network for not paying their female news anchors as much as their male ones.
The legendary actress, singer and director made a point to bring up the fact that no woman had won the Best Director award at the Globes since she did. “I heard them say something about, I was the only woman to get the Best Director award. And you know, that was 1984. That was 34 years ago,” she said referring to Yentl. She continued. “Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.”
2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is Truly Marvelous
The new Amazon Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stunned everyone with its win for not only Best Actress (the marvelous Ms. Rachel Brosnahan) but also best comedy or musical series. And star Brosnahan made one of the great speeches of the night: “This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman and I am endlessly proud to be a part of it. But there are so many women’s stories out there that still need and deserve to be told. So as we enter this new year, please, let’s continue to hold each other accountable and invest in and make and champion these stories.”
3. Laura Dern on Women Being Silenced
Dern took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for a Limited Series for Big Little Lies: “Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalised. 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,” she said. “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.”
4. Viola Davis Made Women Feel Worthy
Oscar and Golden Globe winner Davis, who looked absolutely incredible, said on the red carpet: “There’s not prerequisite for worthiness. You are born being worthy. And I think that’s a message that a lot of women need to hear. The women who are still in silence because of trauma, because of shame due to the assault. They need to understand that it’s not their fault and they are not dirty. That’s my message tonight.”
5. Reese Witherspoon Applauded Those Who Were Silent
It is no surprise that Big Little Lies was one of the big winners of the night, but producer and star Witherspoon used her moment to accept the award for best mini-series on TV to applaud all the brave women. “I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke out about abuse and harassment. You are so brave. So people out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse, Time’s Up! We see you, we hear you and we will tell your stories.”
6. Oprah said it all
Oprah said so many amazing things last night in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award and you can read it all here. But here were a few highlights:
“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.”
“So I want all the girls watching here, 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.”