HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CNN) — Golden Globes host Seth Meyers set the tone at last night’s Golden Globe Awards, blistering alleged perpetrators of sexual harassment and abuse. Then came the awards. ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ about a young woman’s rape and murder and her mother’s pursuit of justice, was the most-honored movie, winning four trophies, including best motion picture, drama.
“Trust me, the women in this room are not here for the food,” quipped actress Frances McDormand. “We are here for the work.” McDormand won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, for her role in the film.
The top TV winner, ‘Big Little Lies,’ with storylines involving sexual abuse, also won four Golden Globes.
Reese Witherspoon, one of the shows stars, said in a speech, “People out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse, time is up. We see you; we hear you and we will tell your stories.”
In fact, all of the night’s multiple award winners were stories that centered on women: “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
“We no longer live in the gaps between the stories,” said Elisabeth Moss, who won Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ “We are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves.”
And Oprah Winfrey, the first black woman ever to receive the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. Demille award, brought the audience to its feet as she summed up the night, and the times.
“So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said. “It will be because of a lot of magnificent women, 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.”