From Oprah Winfrey bringing the house down with a stirring speech on equality to Natalie Portman’s comment on the all-male best director nominees, here are the soundbites that became the stories of the Golden Globes 2018.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again.”
“People are aware now of a power imbalance, and it’s something that has led to abuse. It’s led to abuse in our own industry, and to abuse among the domestic workers field of work. It’s in the military, it’s in Congress. It’s everywhere.”
“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.”
“I’m proud to be wearing black tonight. I’m proud to be wearing black to stand in solidarity with women who have been doing the work for social justice for decades. I’m proud to be wearing black to stand in solidarity with all of the great people who have come forward to talk about injustice.”
Natalie Portman, introducing the best director nominations list, “Here are all the male nominees.”
“There’s not prerequisite for worthiness. You are born being worthy. And I think that’s a message that a lot of women need to hear. The women who are still in silence because of trauma, because of shame due to the assault. They need to understand that it’s not their fault and they are not dirty. That’s my message tonight.”
“I’m very proud to stand in a room with people who speak out against gender inequality, sexual harassment, and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics. And I’m proud that our industry faced with uncomfortable truths has vowed to change the way we do business. Truth is powerful, and in a really good film, we recognise the truth about ourselves, about others, and it’s so powerful that it can even change people’s minds, touch people’s hearts, and ultimately even change society itself.”