Harvey Weinstein casts ‘black’ shadow on Globes


Entertainment, Hollywood

The glittering 75th Golden Globes ceremony, honouring achievements in television and cinema.

Harvey Weinstein

Los Angeles: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Monday won four Golden Globes, including Best Drama, in an overtly political awards ceremony where Hollywood’s biggest turned up in black to say it was “Time’s Up” for sexual harassment.

The glittering 75th Golden Globes ceremony, honouring achievements in television and cinema, sent out the message that a new post Harvey Weinstein-era could be on the horizon.

Most award winners, particularly Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Frances McDormand, gave rousing speeches on the need for change and gender and race equality.Three Billboards..., about an angry mother who goes to extremes to keep the investigation focused on her daughter’s murder, became a front-runner at the Oscars.

The awards were dedicated to what McDormand referred to as the “tectonic shift” in Hollywood’s power structure after more than 70 women accused powerful producer Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Women in the industry have launched the Time’s Up movement to address gender disparity and abuse and almost all of Hollywood — both women and men — turned up in black at the red carpet to show their support.

McDormand, 60, addressed the Time’s Up movement in her acceptance speech, saying, “Some of you may know, I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight and to be part of a tectonic shift in our industry's power structure.”

Winfrey, 63, the first African-American woman to be honoured with the annual Cecil B DeMille Award, used her time on stage to deliver a powerful speech about inclusion.Winfrey, who received a standing ovation twice in her eight-minute speech, said women have not been heard or believed for speaking truth to power but that has to change.

“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” Oprah said.  “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up,” she added, earning a standing ovation.“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she added.