The red carpet was about so much more than just fashion at this year’s Golden Globes. Almost every star supported the black dress initiative to protest against sexual harassment and gender inequality.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards was always going to have a different tone, after a group of A-list activists penned an open letter calling attention to the harassment of women across different industries and launched the Time’s Up campaign, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked Hollywood and resonated in workplaces around the world.
Men and women wore head-to-toe black, many were sporting Time’s Up pins and several spoke up about discrimination, the gender pay gap and the importance of representation for women of colour.
Black is usually a safe option for the red carpet but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to have a bit of fun with it too. In the fashion stakes, the awards saw a lot of sheer panelling and velvet.
Nicole Kidman, who took home the first award for best actress in a TV series with HBO series Big Little Lies in which she plays a domestic abuse victim, said, “Wow, the power of women” as she accepted the award. The 50-year-old wore a striking Givenchy gown, featuring a semi-sheer embellished top.
Dame Helen Mirren may be 72, but that doesn’t mean she can’t rock the sheer trend too, and we love Laverne Cox’s long-sleeved sheer number too.
Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a stunning Zuhair Murad gown with a plunging deep-v neckline and green statement earrings.
Oprah Winfrey, accepted an honorary Globe – the Cecil B. DeMille Award – and told girls watching the ceremony that a “new day is on the horizon” where no one will be the victim of sexual harassment and assault.
Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz kept it unusually plain, with a strapless velvet gown and emerald earrings, believed to be a symbol of hope and growth.
As always, Christina Hendricks oozed glamour with an unusual capri-pant gown, and Jessica Chastain went for velvet too – although she’ll mostly be remembered for butchering the pronunciation of Saoirse Ronan’s name as she presented the Irish actress with the award.
Natalie Portman’s fierce one-liner stole the show when she presented the Best Director award, saying: “Here are the all-male nominees” from the list distinctly lacking in female directors. She’s one of the influential woman involved in the Time’s Up effort and marked the occasion in a velvet Dior gown with a sharp neckline and sleeves, pictured here with America Ferrera.
When Reece Witherspoon arrived at the ceremony, she said: “We are here to stand up for all women and men who have been silenced by discrimination and abuse.”
Big Little Lies won the Golden Globe for best TV movie or limited series and Reece accepted the award, saying: “People out there that are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse – time’s up. We see you, we hear you, and we will tell your stories.”
Rachel Brosnahan won the award for best performance by an actress in a television series – musical or comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, in another elegant one-shouldered gown.
Elisabeth Moss took home the best actress in a TV drama series for The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian story of misogyny. She dedicated the award to her family, author Margaret Atwood and all women who have spoken out about injustice.
She said: “We no longer live in the gaps… we are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves.”
Margot Robbie and Diane Kruger didn’t let the all-black dress code stop them from standing out, with striking embellishment.
Saoirse Ronan kept it elegant in a simple Atelier Versace gown and Christian Louboutin shoes, as she picked up the gong for best actress in a musical or comedy.
Ruffles and volume
And then there were some stars who embraced volume – Rebel Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker and 13-year-old Molly Bobby Brown went for billowing dresses.