But the awards podium played second fiddle at times to the clarion call coming from numerous stars about the need to heal and move forward. "But their time is up", Oprah Winfrey declared as she accepted the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award. But their time is up.
With an orator's practiced cadence, Winfrey added, "But their time is up". Time's up on the imbalance of power. It's led to abuse in our industry. "And it's here with every woman who chooses to say, "Me too' and every man, every man who chooses to listen".
Ms Winfrey had barely heralded a "new day" following a sexual harassment watershed, before calls snowballed for one of America's most famous women, a self-made tycoon born into poverty, to run for the highest office in the free world. "It's going to be a good year", the late-night NBC funnyman said. He pointed out the sexual misconduct scandals and jokingly said, "For the male stars in the room, this will be the first time in months that it won't be terrifying to hear your name read out loud". From the opening monologue to the special million dollar grant given by the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press, Maher Tatna, the night promised big things for all who awaited the coveted award. "They tried to get a woman to host this show, they really did", he said.
But McDonagh lost out in the directing category to Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, whose fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" came in as joint runner-up alongside coming-of-age film "Lady Bird" with two awards each.
Celebrities confirmed as performers include Jessica Chastain, Garrett Hedlund, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Real Ron Howard, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Sarah Paulson, Natalie Portman, Common, Zac Efron, Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Robert Pattinson, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington, Gal Gadot, Amy Poehler, Halle Berry, Seth Rogen, Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and Kelly Clarkson. Elisabeth Moss, accepting an award for her performance in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", movingly dedicated her award to Margaret Atwood, whose book the show is based on, and the women who came before her and after her. And, you know, that was 1984?
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"It was somewhere in Rosa Parks" heart nearly 11 years later when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery", Winfrey said.
-Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour". "It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them".
Dern urged Hollywood to support survivors of abuse and to promote restorative justice.
"We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print", said Moss, referencing Atwood's prose.
Prior to the 75th Golden Globes on Sunday, the awards show was already making headlines and sparking controversy and speculation.
"Big Little Lies" won a leading four awards, including best limited series and best supporting actress for Laura Dern.