Usually at this time of year I am posting about all of the amazing fashion and some of the not so fabulous fashion that hit the red carpet during the start of the annual Hollywood awards season. This year in deference to an amazing night with a strong message I will still be talking about the fashion but it would be remiss of me not to talk about the strong message and some of the most inspiring speeches I have heard at an awards ceremony for a long time!
With the focus being on my favorite color for clothes, black, the opportunity to create and present some incredible looks was still possible and in fact well and truly achieved.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars had an important message to share with women all around the world on Sunday night at the Globes. Barbra Streisand, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were among the famous faces who used the night as a platform to speak about the #TIMESUP movement; an initiative launched against sexual harassment.
The change in tone was evident on the red carpet, with almost all female attendees and most of the men, wearing head-to-toe black in a show of support for the cause. Meanwhile, many of the night’s big winners took the opportunity to make reference to #TIMESUP and share their own empowering messages with viewers during their acceptance speeches.
From Oprah’s declaration that “nobody will ever have to say ‘Me Too’ again”, to Viola Davis telling women “you are born being worthy”.
Debra Messing began on the red carpet, addressing the subject of gender inequality while talking to E! : “You know, 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.
Barbra Streisand addressed the lack of women being honoured for directing as she announced the winner for Best Motion Picture Drama. “I heard them say something about, I was the only woman to get the Best Director award. And you know, that was 1984. That was 34 years ago,” Barbra said talking about her 1983 film Yentl. She continued. “Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.”
The most powerful speech of the night was from Oprah. This was one of the most well thought out, inspiring speeches and really hit the nail on the head with each point that was made.
“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.”
This was a night that really belonged to the women present and it is my hope that moving forward the momentum can continue and with the start of the #Metoo movement last year that we finally have the strength and the voices raised to really make a difference and see the importance of standing with and supporting women who are sexually harassed, diminished, to close the gender pay gap and become better human beings.