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How a Night at the Globes Made History

Sydney Miner, Reporter

Most Hollywood award shows are accompanied with red carpet line-ups of designer gowns and highly anticipating nominees waiting to hear their name be called. But for the 75 annual Golden Globe Awards, all focus was on the actresses and their black gowns.

A-list actresses such as Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel and Nicole Kidman wore black to the award show in solidarity for the sexual assault and harassment victims. Many of them brought activists as their dates to show off their achievements and all that they have done for the equality cause.

Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, both the founder of the popular #MeToo movement and a gender and racial justice advocate. Emma Stone had Billie Jean King, a pro tennis player and activist, walk down the carpet with her.

All of this was to shed light on women’s inequality and harassment not only in Hollywood, but across the world. After recent wave of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein and other men in power for sexual misconduct, women are now coming together in the Time’s Up movement. Along with the women wearing their black attire, many men supported as well, with “Time’s Up” pins on their all black suits.

Time’s Up is a movement against sexual harassment in response to the Weinstein effect and the #MeToo phenomenon. They are working to address the inequality that women in the workplace face that inhibits them from reaching their full potential. According to their website, the phrase “Time’s Up” means that “The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace.”

Throughout the night many women award winners and announcers commented about this movement and the inequality that women are currently facing (no men winners mentioned the movement during their speeches). When announcing the best director of a motion picture, Natalie Portman mentioned the fact that the nominees were all male. Along with Portman, Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern discussed the movement while on stage.

“Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized,” Dern said. “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.”

Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement Award and gave a speech in which she discussed race and unfairness for women. Her speech united women and made many feel empowered and proud, while also gathering a lot of media attention. In her speech she says that “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.”

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