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Actresses Protest at Golden Globes, Oprah 1st Black Woman to Receive Cecil B DeMille Award

  • Tracee Ellis Ross, clad in black, supports the 'Time's Up' movement at the 75th Golden Globes.

    Tracee Ellis Ross, clad in black, supports the 'Time's Up' movement at the 75th Golden Globes. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 January 2018

They dressed in black as a support for the Time’s Up Campaign, launched earlier this week, to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

On Sunday, the 75th annual Golden Globes awards kicked off Hollywood’s countdown to the Oscars with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

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Emma Stone, Amy Poehler, Jessica Biel, Kerry Washington, Christina Hendricks, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Laura Dern and Claire Foy were among early arrivals who wore black for the Beverly Hills ceremony.

Dern brought Monica Ramirez, president of the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance (Alianza Nacional De Campesinas), which is part of the Time’s Up alliance, as her Golden Globes date.

TV mogul and sometimes-actress, Oprah Winfrey, received a standing ovation following an iconic speech, given after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at Sunday's ceremony.

“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” Winfrey said in her powerful speech. “It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”

Winfrey is the first African-American woman to receive the prestigious accolade. 

Oprah Winfrey delivers a stirring speech after collecting the Cecil B. DeMille award. Photo: Reuters

The media maven, who stars in the upcoming "A Wrinkle In Time" – directed by Ava DuVernay, the first woman of color to helm a $100 million film – addressed a plethora of topics, including racism, sexism, the #MeToo movement as well as honoring civil rights icons Rosa Parks and the late Recy Taylor.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," Winfrey said.

The men of Hollywood also 'wore' their support, with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Aziz Ansari and Ricky Martin sporting black shirts to match their tuxedos.

Multiple allegations against actors, filmmakers and Hollywood agents since October 2017 have led to many of the accused being fired, forced to step down, or dropped from creative projects. Some of the A-list stars attending the Globes ceremony have given their own harrowing accounts.

Mariah Carey, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Billie Jean King  Photo: Reuters
Aziz Ansari sports a 'Time's Up' pin at the 75th Golden Globes. Photo: Reuters
Octavia Spencer poses with Jessica Chastain. Photo: Reuters

First-time Globes host Seth Meyers skilfully addressed the sexual misconduct issue delivering zingers to Hollywood’s A-list talent at the event. Prior to the show, Meyers expressed that joking about the matter could prove challenging. 

“Fingers crossed we meet the right tone, but that’s certainly our goal,” the talk show host said ahead of the three-hour show. “I‘m looking forward to seeing what people do as much as you are.”

When it comes to the awards, the race is wide open, but the presence of Latino nominees has been scarce.

Yet, Guillermo del Toro managed to take home the Globe for best director of a motion picture at Sunday's show and Disney-Pixar's beloved animated feature "Coco" won in the Best Animated Film category.

Chile's Sebastian Lelio’s "A Fantastic Woman", which competed the Best Foreign Language film category, lost out to Germany's "In the Fade".

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