The theme at the 75th Golden Globes can be summed up in two words: women’s empowerment. Hollywood’s biggest stars wore black for the “Time’s Up” campaign taking a stance against gender inequality and sexual harassment. Female actors also spoke their mind onstage—Natalie Portman’s bold one-liner was understood loud and clear, while Oprah Winfrey’s speech received heaps of praise. The night was filled with powerful moments, but relive five that still have people buzzing.
Seth Meyers’ witty opening monologue
Meyers joined in on the campaign against sexual harassment from the moment he stepped in front of the crowd. “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” he quipped. Moments later he added, “It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.”
Sterling K. Brown wins big
Brown, who has fans crying on nearly every episode of This Is Us, won best performance by an actor in a television series drama. He became the first black actor to do so. He passionately thanked the show’s creator and writer, Dan Fogelman, saying, “You wrote a role for a black man, that could only be played by a black man. What I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.”
Laura Dern’s touching speech
It was a big night for HBO’s Big Little Lies, a female-led show. When Dern won best performance by an actress in a supporting role, she spoke about supporting those “who are brave enough to tell their truth.” “May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star,” she added.
Natalie Portman’s one-liner
“And here are the all male nominees,” Natalie Portman said when presenting the award for best director with Ron Howard. The short yet poignant line quickly became one of the most talked about moments of the night. Barbra Streisand remains the only woman to receive the best director award. She took it home for Yentl in 1984.
Oprah Winfrey is honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award
After a standing ovation, Oprah Winfrey touched the nation with her speech while accepting the lifetime achievement award. Winfrey, who became the first black woman to be given the award, spoke about making strides, the importance of the press and praised the women who came forward in the last year. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she said.