9 Big Things That Happened At The 2018 Golden Globes

Didn’t stay up to watch it? Here’s your conversational cheat sheet for the day.

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by Jazmin Kopotsha |
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And we're off. The Golden Globes have been, gone, and marked the beginning of what is shaping up to be yet another politically charged awards season.

But what actually went down at the 2018 ceremony, you ask? Don't worry. If you missed it, fell asleep or just didn't quite understand what was going on, here are 9 big talking points to get you through office chat for the next couple of days.

1. Pretty much everyone wore black

As part of Times Up, an initiative that's largely being hailed as the follow up to the huge #MeToo movement, celebrities opted to wear black on the red carpet in acknowledgement and solidarity of those who have suffered sexual harassment not just in Hollywood, but everywhere. You'd be hard pressed to spot anyone dressed in anything but the colour of the night as the calls of the women behind Times Up were met by an incredible turn out.

As for how far the effects of this act of protest will ripple beyond the realms of a Hollywood awards ceremony, we're unsure. But the first step was a significant one and drew a lot of attention to an incredibly important cause.

There were also lots of Times Up pins being worn, as here demonstrated by Justin Timberlake...

2. Some women brought activists as dates to the awards

Political statements we're of course the theme this year, and for some actresses it extended beyond the dresses they wore to the people they walked the red carpet with. This year eight actresses opted to bring various activists as their dates to further highlight the Times Up cause.

Emma Watson and Marai Larasi

Michelle Williams was joined by Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo movement and senior director of the nonprofit organisation Girls for Gender Equality. *Big Little Lies *actress Laura Dern arrived with Monica Ramirez who co-founded an organisation called Alianza Nacional de Campesiana which represents female farmworkers in America while Meryl Street brought Ai-jen Poo who is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Then there's also Rosa Clemente, a community organiser and Hip Hop activist, attended the Globes with actress Susan Sarandon and Saru Jayaraman, advocate for restaurant workers and co-founder/co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United who arrives with Golden Globe host Amy Poehler.

Emma Stone brought tennis player and founder of the Women's Tennis Association Billie Jean King (yes, the woman Emma played in *Battle of the Sexes *last year) and Emma Watson attended with fellow Brit Marai Larasi who is the executive director of the Imkaan network which works to combat violence against black and minority women in the UK.

3. Oprah's acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award was historic

Last year Meryl Streep took to the stage to make *that *amazing speech and this year it was Oprah Winfrey's turn to accept the coveted Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement award.

In an odd sort of victory (because why are we still celebrating 'firsts' in 2017), Oprah is the first black woman to be given the award and it's an accolade that she doesn't take lightly. 'I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that', she said referring to when she watched Sidney Poitier become the first black actor to win an Oscar back when she was a child.

'And I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses,” she recalled. “In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globe awards 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 same award.'

It's safe to say that Oprah pretty much stole the whole show. Her speech was beautifully powerful and resulted in calls from the Twittersphere for Oprah to be the next president of the United States (here for it).

4. Sterling K. Brown and Aziz Ansari made history too

For his role in the brilliant *This Is Us, *Sterling K. Brown was awarded best TV Lead Actor at the Golden Globes this year, making him the first black actor to win the award in the category.

And Aziz Ansari took home the award for Best Comedy Actor for his performance in *Master of None, *making him the first Asian male actor to win the award. An incredible night of firsts and a mini victory for diversity on some levels, but it'll never not be strange to be celebrating successes that probably should've happened quite a while ago.

5. Natalie Portman threw some first class shade

For everyone wondering how on earth can you follow a speech like Oprah's, the short answer is that well, you can't mate. But Natalie Portman managed to move things on successfully while announcing the nominees for the Best Director category.

'Honored to be here to present the award for Best Director', says Ron Howard. 'And here are the all male nominees', Natalie clarifies. Don't come for Natalie, people. Don't even try it.

6. Lady Bird did really well, as expected

All the buzz about Greta Gerwig's directorial debut isn't without reason, you know. And even though Greta, among many other women, definitely deserved to be nominated in this year's all-male Best Director category (no, we're not letting this one go), Lady Bird did manage to win the awards for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actress went to Saoirse Ronan who stars in the film.

greta and saoirse ronan lady bird

7. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' won the most, though

They say that the Golden Globes are a good indicator of what to expect from the Oscars and I suppose for one film to pull a La La Land and dominate the majority of big awards, we shouldn't be too surprised if we start hearing the words 'Three Billboards' being muttered all the more frequently.

The film managed to win over favourites *Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk *and *The Post *to win the Best Picture award, and star Frances McDormand won Best Actress for her performance in the film while co-star Sam Rockwell was awarded Best Supporting Actor and writer-director Martin McDonagh won Best Screenplay.

Curious about the hype? Don't blame you. *Three Billboards *is about a small town in America where, on the route into which, local mother Mildred Heyes (played by Frances) paints three controversial billboards to get the attention of the town's police chief. Why? Because it's been months since Mildred's daughter was murdered and no one has been held accountable yet.

8. Celebs called out the E! Network

You may recall Catt Sadler's departure from *E! *last year. She resigned from her presenting post after finding out about a 'massive pay gap' between herself and male co-host Jason Kennedy.

Over the weekend Amy Schumer posted on Instagram calling for celebrities to question E! over Catt's departure while on the red carpet and four actresses took the opportunity to do just that.

While being interviewed by E! representatives on the red carpet, Debra Messing off of *Will and Grace *pointedly said: 'I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler, and we stand with her'.

When Sarah Jessica Parker was being interviewed she slipped in a comment on how gender inequality had 'affected your network', and Laura Dern earlier said: 'We need the powers that be and all the industries and networks and E! to help us with closing this pay gender gap'.

Towards the end of the evening, Eva Longoria, accompanied by enthusiastic nods from Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, said: 'We support gender equity and equal pay and we hope E! follows that lead with Catt as well. We stand with you Catt'.

9. The meme of the next few weeks was born

If you were wondering which Awards Ceremony GIF would be doing the rounds on the interweb over the next couple of weeks, if it's not relating to queen Oprah, or Greta Gerwig and Soairse Ronan fan-girling each other, it'll be this one right here - courtesy of James Franco.

James won the award for best actor in a musical or comedy for his performance in *The Disaster Artist *which came as a bit of a surprise - more so to some than others...

And when he went on stage to collect the award he took his brother Dave Franco and Tommy Wiseau (who he plays) on stage with him. He just made a bit of a point about not letting Tommy do any of the talking...

MORE: Everyone Who Wore Black To The Golden Globes In Support Of Times Up


Golden Globes 2018 - Grazia

Angelina Jolie1 of 60

Angelina Jolie

Attending with her son Maddox, Angelina Jolie chose a floaty sheer dress with voluminous feather-trimmed sleeves.

Alicia Vikander2 of 60

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander showed off her innate style in a high neck dress with keyhole cut-out back and embellishment detail.

Michelle Williams and MeToo founder Tarana Burke3 of 60

Michelle Williams and MeToo founder Tarana Burke

A Louis Vuitton clad-Michelle Williams was noticeably moved to be with #MeToo founder Tarana, saying: 'We're here because of Tarana, she started a movement, and it caught fire.' 'It's deeply humbling,' Tarana added, 'This is something I started out of necessity… this moment is so powerful.'

Emma Stone and Billie Jean King4 of 60

Emma Stone and Billie Jean King

Emma Stone decided to invite Billie Jean King as her date to the Globes, the tennis pro and pioneer who she played in Battle of the Sexes. Stone looked typically fashion-forward in a lace, one-shouldered dress.

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Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson, who is a presenter at tonight's awards, wore a Gucci gown (what else!) with a stunning train featuring a silver sequin motif at the back.

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Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson's looked even more stunning from the back.

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Jessica Chastain

The always superbly dressed Jessica Chastain aced the dress code in an Armani Prive velvet halterneck gown with silver crystal embroidery on the sides.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake8 of 60

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

Jessica Biel channelled Hollywood glamour in a nude gown with sheer black overlay and black sash detail, keeping things classy with a low chignon and diamond accessories. Husband Justin Timberlake opted for an all black suit.

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Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner had her Angelina Jolie moment posing in an asymmetrical dress with tiered skirts by Giambattista Valli.

Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd10 of 60

Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd

Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd posed together on the carpet, with the former in a high-necked, long-sleeved dress and the latter in a low-cut layered lace gown. Their appearance was poignant, as the two starred together in Frida, the film Hayek accused Harvey Weinstein of harassing her on.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith11 of 60

Claire Foy and Matt Smith

The Crown's stars posed together on the red carpet, with Claire Foy looking sensational in a low-cut tuxedo look teamed with slicked back hair and a bold red lip.

Catherine Zeta-Jones12 of 60

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones looked incredible in a daringly low-cut illusion dress with sheer skirt by who else than Zuhair Murad.

Alexis Bledel13 of 60

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel wore a black and white one-shouldered jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta to celebrate her show The Handmaid's Tale's nomination.

Allison Williams14 of 60

Allison Williams

Former Girls star Allison Williams brightened up her all-black ensemble with a pop of tangerine in this beaded strapless dress by Armani Prive.

Sadie Sink15 of 60

Sadie Sink

Stranger Things star Sadie Sink wore a Miu Miu prom dress with full skirt and sweetheart neckline for her first ever Golden Globes.

Debra Messing16 of 60

Debra Messing

Will and Grace's Debra Messing wore a black embellished tunic-style dress with trousers.

Catriona Balfe17 of 60

Catriona Balfe

Outlander's Catriona Balfe oozed glamour in a black dress with off-the-shoulder sheer detail by Chanel.

Margot Robbie18 of 60

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie chose an oriental-inspired dress with beautifully intricate silver embroidery.

Emma Watson and Marai Larasi19 of 60

Emma Watson and Marai Larasi

Emma Watson brought Marai Larasi as her date, the founder of Imkaan, a black feminist organisation in London.

Meryl Streep and Ai-Jen Poo20 of 60

Meryl Streep and Ai-Jen Poo

Meryl Streep brought Director of Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-Jen Poo, as her date to the Golden Globes.

Mandy Moore21 of 60

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore opted for a sleek, column dress with halterneck detail, adding a pop of colour with a scarlet sash belt.

Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman22 of 60

Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman

Amy Poehler chose ROC co-founder Saru Jayaraman as her date for the Golden Globes.

Alison Brie23 of 60

Alison Brie

Glow star and nominee Alison Brie wore an old Hollywood-esque strapless dress with full skirt and sweetheart neckline, choosing a beautiful diamond choker to complete the look.

Heidi Klum24 of 60

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum chose a gown with an asymmetrical hemline and ostrich feather detail.

Ewan McGregor25 of 60

Ewan McGregor

Fargo's Ewan McGregor stuck to the dress code in an all black tux - including his shirt - looking very dapper indeed.

Christina Hendricks26 of 60

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks, star of 2018's answer to Big Little Lies, Good Girls, chose a simple off-the-shoulder black gown.

Kit Harington27 of 60

Kit Harington

Kit Harington aka Jon Snow aka King in the North looked very dapper in an all black tuxedo.

Chris Hemsworth28 of 60

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth looked very un-Thor-like in his tux.

Sarah Paulson29 of 60

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson chose a highneck gown with pleated skirt.

Jude Law30 of 60

Jude Law

Jude Law joked on the red carpet in sunglasses.

Zoe Kravitz31 of 60

Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz looked typically cool in a simple but chic column dress teamed with sapphire earrings.

Isabelle Huppert32 of 60

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert looked very on-trend in an embellished metallic dress with sculptural shoulder detail.

Gwendoline Christie33 of 60

Gwendoline Christie

Game of Thrones and Star Wars actress Gwendoline Christie wore a ruffled black dress with sheer high neck.

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James and Dave Franco

The Disaster Artists' stars James and Dave Franco posed together in their tuxedos.

Diane Kruger35 of 60

Diane Kruger

Perennial best-dressed list member Diane Kruger looked like she'd stepped off the runway in a halterneck tulle gown with cape-like detail by Prada.

Millie Bobby Brown36 of 60

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown chose an 80s-esque backless dress with voluminous sleeves.

Kerry Washington37 of 60

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington sparkled in an embellished strapless gown with thigh-high split.

Maggie Gyllenhaal38 of 60

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal was one of several stars who opted for strapless sequins.

Michelle Pfeiffer39 of 60

Michelle Pfeiffer

Comeback queen Michelle Pfeiffer chose a layered tulle dress which she wore with a short tuxedo jacket over the top.

Lily James40 of 60

Lily James

Lily James went for full-on glamour in a black satin gown with ruffle details.

Elisabeth Moss41 of 60

Elisabeth Moss

The Handmaid's Tale's leading lady Elisabeth Moss wore a long-sleeved dress with Peter Pan collar.

Kate Hudson42 of 60

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson played up her pixie crop with an ultra-feminine sheer, low-cut dress with strategically placed necklace.

Mariah Carey43 of 60

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey lived up to her diva reputation in a fishtail gown with slashed neckline.

Saoirse Ronan44 of 60

Saoirse Ronan

Style maven Saoirse Ronan went for a futuristic black one-sleeved gown with silver accents.

Natalie Portman and America Ferrera45 of 60

Natalie Portman and America Ferrera

Natalie Portman and America Ferrera attended the Golden Globes together, with Natalie choosing an elegant dress with boxy-neckline and sweetheart cut, while newly pregnant America chose a simple black dress worn with a blazer over it.

Nicole Kidman46 of 60

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman always rules the red carpet and tonight was no different in a floor-length lace gown with high neck.

Greta Gerwig47 of 60

Greta Gerwig

Ladybird director Greta Gerwig chose a one-shouldered dress teamed with a gold choker.

Halle Berry48 of 60

Halle Berry

Age-defying Halle Berry looked incredible in a sheer lace mini-dress.

Emilia Clarke49 of 60

Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke was miles away from her on-screen persona in a very modern strapless dress, which she wore with her trademark peroxide blonde locks and bold red lips.

Gal Gadot50 of 60

Gal Gadot

Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot kept it simple in a black ruched column dress with an accompanying bolero by Tom Ford.

Mary J. Blige51 of 60

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige injected some fun into her LBD with one shimmering silver sleeve and panel in her skirt.

Reese Witherspoon52 of 60

Reese Witherspoon

Times Up kickstarter Reese Witherspoon opted for a simple yet chic one-shouldered gown with mermaid-skirt.

Sally Hawkins53 of 60

Sally Hawkins

Nominee Sally Hawkins chose a full black skirt with asymmetrical velvet top.

Penelope Cruz54 of 60

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz - soon to be on our TV screen as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story - looked beautiful in an off-the-shoulder lace dress with a train by Ralph and Russo.

Naomi Campbell55 of 60

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was a model red carpet attendee in floor-skimming black.

Sarah Jessica Parker56 of 60

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker borrowed a dress from her Sex and the City alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw's wardrobe.

Eva Longoria57 of 60

Eva Longoria

A low-cut, thigh-high black dress for Eva Longoria.

Gillian Anderson58 of 60

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson was another adherent to the asymmetrical dress theme, showing off a new peroxide crop.

Laura Dern59 of 60

Laura Dern

Laura Dern chose an Armani Prive gown completely embroidered in crystals and featuring a sheer bodice and tulle train.

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Ava DuVernay

Director Ava DuVernay stuck to the dress code in a crystal-embroidered long-sleeved top and draped skirt both by Armani Prive.

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