The 75th Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday turned into a serious event as the war against sexual abuse and assault in the film industry occupied centre-stage.
It was evident from the start when most Hollywood stars turned out in black to make a statement and spread awareness of this menace troubling women and men in workplaces everywhere.
Crime drama ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri’ won four trophies making it a serious contender for the Oscars in March. Other movies and TV shows on women like ‘Lady Bird’ and TV juggernauts ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ too won trophies.
However, as the award ceremony progressed, the focus became less on the winners and more on the big battle yet to be won against film producers like Harvey Weinstein who allegedly preyed on actresses.
Many women had come out publicly against Weinsteins in the worlds of entertainment, media, business and politics in the wake of allegations against the Hollywood Moghul earlier last year.
Most stars who spoke at Sunday’s ceremony underscored the need for the healing touch so that the victims can move ahead. One among them was media proprietor and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” Oprah told the audience as she accepted the lifetime achievement award.
“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!” she added, earning a standing ovation.
Oprah was referring to the Time’s Up initiative launched by 300 leading stars of Hollwood to help women and men fight cases of sexual harassment at workplaces by setting up a legal defence fund to provide subsidised aid irrespective of the industry they represent.
Time’s up drive followed #MeToo hashtag campaign started by activist Tarana Burke and popularised by actress Alyssa Milano after the Weinstein revelations. Many women used the hashtag to raise awareness about sexual misconduct by speaking about their own experiences.
Michelle Williams, who was nominated for best actress in ‘All the Money in the World,’ arrived alongside Tarana Burke.
“We’re here because Tarana started a movement and she planted a seed years ago and it’s grown and caught fire. She started the #MeToo movement,” Williams said.