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At a Golden Globes ceremony largely defined by political conversations, many award winners made references to sexism and the importance of speaking truth to power.
Elisabeth Moss won the Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama for her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” In her speech, she quoted from Margaret Atwood — whose novel of the same name inspired the series — and celebrated the marginalized voices that are reaching the mainstream.
This is from Margaret Atwood: “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you, who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print. And we are writing the story ourselves. Thank you.
Laura Dern accepted the award for best supporting actress in a TV series, for her role in “Big Little Lies.” In that show she plays Renata Klein, the mother of a girl who is being harassed at school. She used part of her acceptance speech to express support for those who speak out against abuse and spoke about playing an “outrageous, complicated woman — a terrified mother.”
Terrified because her little girl was being abused and bullied, and she was too afraid to speak up.
Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. 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. May we also, please, protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star. Bless you, bless everyone who worked on this. All the people who support me and my beautiful children, thank you for all of your work and love.
Frances McDormand, who won best actress in a film drama for her part in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” referenced the #MeToo movement.
So, many of you know, I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight and to be a part of the tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure. Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work. Thank you.
Gary Oldman won the award for best actor in a film drama for portraying Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” He said the role made him consider the importance of strong, morally sound political leadership.
I would like to thank our producers, Douglas Sibanski, Tim Bevin, Lisa Bruce and Antony McCarton. And my wife, who put up with my crazy for over a year. She would say to friends, “I go to bed with Winston Churchill, but I wake up with Gary Oldman.” Which is, I suppose, better than the other way around. I am very proud of “Darkest Hour.” It illustrates that words and actions can change the world, and boy oh boy, does it need some changing.