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Posted: January 08, 2018

Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

2018 Golden Globes: Red Carpet Arrivals

By Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Golden Globe Awards, often a night of silliness running up to the Oscars, took on a much darker tone this year, both literally and figuratively.

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“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” began host Seth Meyers, addressing a ballroom full of entertainers wearing black in a show of solidarity stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual assault and harassment allegations rocking Hollywood for months now. “It’s 2018. Marijuana’s finally allowed and sexual harassment isn’t.”

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The red carpet protest came after some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep, launched the #TimesUp campaign, a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere."

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"From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live," reads the website of the campaign inspired by #MeToo. 

Meyers’ monologue rarely strayed from social awareness and political commentary, and the intersection of serious and satire was sometimes cringe-inducing.

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“For the male nominees, this will be the first time in months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud,” he said in an attempt to add levity. A “Get Out” joke later fell pretty flat.

Remarks from presenters and award winners and posts tweeted ahead of time underscored the more serious nature of this year’s ceremony.

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“This character I played represents something that’s at the center of our conversation: abuse,” said actress Nicole Kidman after claiming best actress/limited series honors for “Big Little Lies.” “I do believe and hope that we can elicit change.”

Mariah Carey, among those conferring honors, expressed thoughts on Twitter before the show started:

During his opener, Meyers was if nothing else self-effacing and self-aware.

“I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight,” he said, pointing to Seth Rogen and pivoting to politics. “Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble in North Korea?”

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That set up a joke about how the “Hollywood Foreign Press” Association combined President Donald Trump’s three least favorite words, other than “Hillary, Mexico and salad.”

Meyers didn’t shy away from the origin of the #MeToo movement.

“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. I’ve heard rumors he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” he said of the disgraced mogul whose career collapse preceded a number of other prominent denouements.

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“I hear they’re doing another series of ‘House of Cards.’ Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too?” he said, a reference to Plummer stepping in at the last moment to play J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World.” Kevin Spacey was supposed to play the role but was fired from that project and the Netflix series amid a series of abuse allegations.

“I sure hope (Plummer) can do a Southern accent,” Meyers said. “Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”

Meyers’ monologue felt shorter than some of his predecessors’ and far more somber. He concluded by acknowledging viewers might see the ballroom full of wealthy, beautiful stars professing allegiance to social justice from a cosseted, lofty perch.

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“Everyone in this room knows Hollywood is so much more than that,” he said, noting that most people on film sets work unglamorous jobs and got there by virtue of hard work, not powerful connections. “Those people aren’t there thanks to their rich dad.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report


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Oprah’s gift for inspiring others was in full view Sunday as she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globes. Her moving speech brought the audience to its feet.

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The 63-year-old media industry mogul was honored at the Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her contributions to entertainment.

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She was introduced by Reese Witherspoon, who worked with her on the film “A Wrinkle In Time.” On stage, she said, “Oprah’s hugs could end wars.”

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“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as chairman, CEO and founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards,” said Witherspoon.

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In her speech, Oprah shared inspirational words with all those watching.

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“And it is not lost on me, that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this award,” said Oprah.

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She touched on the unofficial theme of the night: Time’s Up.

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Celebrities coordinated their black wardrobe as a part of the Time’s Up movement. According to the New York Times, the organized campaign aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all workplaces.

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Oprah spoke to the men guilty of sexual assault, abuse and harassment in the workplace, saying, “Their time is up!”

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She closed her speech with a prediction for the future.

“So I want all the girls watching here, now that a new day is on the horizon!” said Oprah.

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Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

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Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

An impromptu performance between Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban made the audience erupt into cheers at the Golden Globes Sunday night.

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The pair were presenting at the awards show when they brought their pipes together for a treat that left everyone with chills.

After announcing the nominees for Best Original Film Song, Clarkson and Urban leaned into the microphone and harmonized together, “And the Golden Globe goes to!”

The performance may have lasted only four seconds, but it left everyone wanting more.

101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

Kirk Douglas was greeted with a standing ovation at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards.

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The 101-year-old legend has been a decades-long staple in Hollywood, with a resume that boasts credits in acting, producing and directing. He is one of the last living members of Hollywood’s Golden Age of cinema.

Douglas became an international star in the late 1940s. His sons, actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas, followed in their father’s footsteps, pursuing successful careers in Hollywood.

On Sunday, Kirk Douglas took the stage at the Golden Globes alongside his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta Jones, who is married to Michael Douglas. They presented the award for Best Screenplay: Motion Picture.

“In 1991, my father-in-law, this living Hollywood legend, Kirk, was recognized by they Writer’s Guild of America for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist,” said Zeta Jones.

The audience applauded Douglas for hiring the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo to write “Spartacus.”

“I wrote a speech,” Douglas said turning to Zeta Jones, “but I don’t want to say it, because I could never follow you.”

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