Seth Meyers, hosting the Globes for the first time, turned directly to what he called “the elephant not in the room” when he opened the NBC broadcast by saying, “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen.”
He later said of Mr. Weinstein, “Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he’s the first person booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”
Oh, right. The awards.
James Franco won best actor in a comedy for “The Disaster Artist,” a biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an eccentric Hollywood figure best known for his cult film “The Room.” Mr. Wiseau, who had been sitting in the ballroom in wraparound blue sunglasses and looking at his phone, sauntered to the stage, where a hoarse Mr. Franco was espousing his love for his brother, Dave Franco, who also stars in “The Disaster Artist.” Standing nearby, the younger Franco got a little teary.
The night’s first award went to Nicole Kidman, who won best actress in a television movie or limited series. “Power of women!” she said, holding up her Globe and name checking her female co-stars. Ms. Kidman won for her role in the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” in which she plays a battered wife who summons the courage to leave her husband. Her co-stars Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern won for best supporting actor and actress.
Other early TV awards were widely distributed. As expected, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about the repression of women, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” was honored as best drama, matching its win last year at the Emmy Awards. Elisabeth Moss, who stars in that series, also repeated her Emmys win, collecting the trophy for best actress in a drama. The “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown was named best dramatic actor, the first time in Globes history that a black man had won that prize.
“You wrote a role for a black man that could only be played by a black man,” Mr. Brown said in his speech, thanking the “This Is Us” creator, Dan Fogelman, for creating his part. “I am being seen for who I am, and being appreciated for who I am, and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.”
(It was a reminder of how much has changed in Hollywood in recent months. Kevin Spacey won the category at the 72nd ceremony for his performance in “House of Cards,” a series that fired him late last year after men came forward to accuse him of unwanted sexual advances.)
Rachel Brosnahan, who stars in the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a perfectionistic 1950s housewife who becomes a stand-up comic, collected the trophy for best actress in a comedy.
A night draped in black
The 2018 Globes were draped in black, quite literally, with actresses and some actors vowing to use their attire to make a statement about sexual harassment in Hollywood and other spheres. Winners were expected to use their moments of glory to rail against the systemic sexism and silence that allowed the behavior of men like Mr. Weinstein, James Toback, Louis C.K. and Mr. Spacey to fester for decades.
NBC and the givers of the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of 89 journalists, tried to assure viewers that the night inside the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom would be as frothy as ever.
On the red carpet, however, eight actresses walked hand in hand with activists who focus on sexual harassment and gender inequality.
“We don’t want to create hierarchies — saying that women in Hollywood are more important than other women,” Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, a British network of organizations dedicated to ending violence against black women, said on the E! arrivals special. “We have a platform, and we’re trying to use it in the best way we possibly can.” Ms. Larasi attended as Emma Watson’s guest.
But the tone on the red carpet was not entirely serious. Smiles abounded. Along with discussion about women’s rights came lighthearted banter by nominees about butterflies (the stomach variety) and some of the usual fashion chitchat. Alexis Bledel carried a black crystal clutch from Onna Ehrlich; Gucci dressed Margot Robbie and Dakota Johnson.
And inside the ballroom, the ceremony in many ways felt like business as usual. Stars, producers and studio executives schmoozed in frantic fashion during the commercial breaks and straight through some awards. The vibe even approached easygoing and carefree — as if Hollywood felt it had exculpated itself with all of the serious talk on the red carpet and the sharp-edged jokes Mr. Meyers cracked during his monologue.
A crowded movie race.
The annual Oscar race, which starts with festival screenings in late summer, has been unusually chaotic this time around. For various reasons — Hollywood’s attention has been elsewhere, the plethora of strong choices in some categories and few in others — consensus has yet to form. So the Globes could bring some clarity.
One nail-biter is best drama. “The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama, could easily win. But so could “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about a mother (Frances McDormand) who goes to extremes to keep local police focused on her daughter’s murder. The film won for its screenplay by Martin McDonagh. And don’t count out “The Shape of Water,” an allegory about a mute janitor who falls in love with an imprisoned sea creature.
Going into the night, supporting actor in a film was a tossup category, with Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”), Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”) seen as running neck and neck. Mr. Rockwell, known for tiny art-house films, took the prize, for his portrayal of a simpleton police officer. “It’s nice to be in a movie that people see,” he said.
A lift before the Oscars.
In truth, the Globes are often predictive of little. Top honors at the Oscars and the Globes only matched up once over the past three years. (Both agreed on “Moonlight” last year.) But the globular trophies are coveted by studios, which cozy up to the press association in hopes of receiving a box office-boosting blast of attention for winter movies.
A win by Timothée Chalamet, a best actor nominee, might help Sony Pictures Classics sell tickets for the gay romance “Call Me by Your Name,” for instance. That poetic film has taken in about $6 million at North American cinemas since its release in November. “Call Me by Your Name” has also hit some turbulence on the awards circuit. It was not nominated for the top Screen Actors Guild prize, for instance.
The similarly tiny “I, Tonya” might get a boost because of Allison Janney’s win for best supporting actress. “The Post,” “All the Money in the World” and “Phantom Thread” are hoping for similar bumps.
It’s Oprah’s turn.
Oprah Winfrey is set to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, an honor that went to Meryl Streep last year — and ended up as a flash point in the Trump-era culture wars. During her acceptance speech, Ms. Streep went after Mr. Trump, targeting his skills as a showman and branding them as insidious. Mr. Trump fired back, calling Ms. Streep “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood.”
Will Ms. Winfrey deliver a political zinger of her own? If she does go on the attack, it will probably be against the entertainment industry: She has been involved in recent months with the creation of an ambitious anti-harassment action plan called Time’s Up.
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