The Golden Globes were a big night for the Nühanzi community. Amid the continuing sexual misconduct accusations against powerful men in Hollywood, men and women alike wore black outfits and “Time’s Up” pins to show their solidarity with survivors. Many people in attendance spoke out on stage about the culture of disrespect and intimidation that women have been living in for too long. Not to mention, there were several historic victories for Asian Americans. Even women’s body language was different, with less posing and more speaking and listening. The whole ceremony is worth a watch, but in case you didn’t catch it all, here are the night’s most Nühanzi moments.
1. Oprah Winfrey Praising Women Who Fight Back
After winning the Golden Globes’ annual Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement — and becoming the first black woman to do so — Oprah praised the “me too” movement and its predecessors. She cited Recy Taylor, who teamed up with Rosa Parks to fight for punishment for her rapists, as inspiration. Though her fight wasn’t successful, we’re finally carrying out her legacy. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men,” Oprah said. “But their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, ‘Me too.’ And every man — every man who chooses to listen.” Her truth is also the truth of the Nühanzi.
2. Barbra Streisand Calling Out the Lack of Female “Best Directors”
Barbra Streisand’s speech when she presented the award for Best Picture, Drama was not your typical presenter introduction. She took the opportunity criticize the judges for never picking a woman to win Best Director other than her. “I’m the only woman to get the best director award [at the Golden Globes]. You know that was 1984 ― that was 34 years ago,” she said. “Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. These are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.” Amen to that.
3. Natalie Portman Shading the Show’s All-Male Best Director Nominations
In a subtle but savage dig, Natalie Portman presented the award for Best Director by announcing, “Here are all the male nominees.” Enough said.
4. Elisabeth Moss Reclaiming Women’s Power
When Elisabeth Moss accepted the Best Actress in a TV Drama award, she quoted Handmaids Tale author Margaret Atwood who wrote in the book that served as the basis for the Netflix show, “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” But Moss revised the quote to attest to women’s growing voice: “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.”
5. Actresses Bringing Activists With Them
Several prominent actresses used the plus-ones in their invitations as opportunities to highlight activists and the causes they’re furthering. Shailene Woodley brought Calina Lawrence , a member of the Suquamish Tribe who fights for Native Americans’ rights. Emma Watson took along Marai Larasi, executive director of the UK black feminist group Imkaan and co-chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition. Michelle Williams took Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo movement in 2006. Many, many more brought other women who are fighting sexism, racism, and injustice.
6. Aziz Ansari Becoming the First Asian American Winner of a Golden Globe TV Actor Award
In Master of None, Ansari plays a rare kind of character on American television: a multi-dimensional Asian American who is not a stereotype or a sidekick. At the Golden Globes, he was acknowledged for this with the award for Best Actor In A Television Series Musical or Comedy. It was very much deserved.
7. Hong Chau Getting a Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nomination
In another victory for diversity in Hollywood, actress Hong Chau was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Downsizing. She didn’t win, but given that this was only her second major movie role, it’s still a big win both for her and for Asian American representation. “When people, particularly Asian Americans, come up to me and they’re so excited,” she told The Los Angeles Times, “I feel this joy that I couldn’t have anticipated feeling that it means so much to them to see a person who looks like them onscreen in a major role that is integral and vital to the story.”
8. Reporter Giuliana Rancic Asking “Why Are You Wearing Black?”
After Golden Globes attendees announced that they’d be wearing black to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood, some were concerned that reporters would focus on their clothing’s designs rather than its meaning. Not E!’s Giuliana Rancic. Instead of asking “who are you wearing,” she asked, “why are you wearing black?”, giving stars the chance to voice their opinions on sexual assault and harassment.
9. Debra Messing Calling Out Unequal Pay
In response to Rancic’s question, Messing brought up E!’s Catt Sadler leaving over unequal pay with her male coworkers. “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” she said. “I miss Catt Sadler, and so we stand with her.”
10. Seth Meyers Acknowledging Hollywood’s Sexism — and Women’s Work Combatting It
The fact that host Seth Meyers felt compelled to call out Hollywood’s sexist culture in his opening monologue shows how mainstream these discussions have become. “People in this room worked really hard to get here but it’s clear now than ever before that the women had to work even harder,” he said. “So thank you for all the amazing work that you’ve all done and continue to do. I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next. So thank you so much for letting me say that.”