The Golden Globes on Sunday honored television shows tackling the abuse of women, with “Big Little Lies,” a mini-series that highlights domestic violence, and the dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale” emerging the night’s big winners.
The Emmy-winning Big Little Lies – which stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley as three California mothers hiding huge secrets – earned the Globe for best TV movie or limited series.
It also took home a trio of acting awards – best actress for Kidman as an abused wife, best supporting actor for Alexander Skarsgard as her violent husband and supporting actress for Laura Dern, who plays a mother trying to find out who is bullying her daughter.
The HBO series, directed by Canada’s Jean-Marc Vallee, was conceived as a seven-episode adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, but has been renewed for a second season after taking home eight Emmys in September.
It aired amid a growing societal focus on the treatment of women as the #MeToo movement gathered force following revelations of chronic sexual harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and others.
“This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now — abuse,” Kidman said as she accepted her fourth Golden Globe.
“I do believe, and I hope, we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive,” she said.
Skarsgard, a veteran Swedish actor who won his first Golden Globe, saluted Kidman on stage.
“Nicole, I love you. Thank you for making this the greatest experience of my career,” he said.
Also winning big was The Handmaid’s Tale, a series about a misogynistic authoritarian regime that takes control amid a fertility crisis, won in the separate category of best television drama series with its star Elisabeth Moss taking best actress.
It was the latest victory for the series of on-demand service Hulu, which won five Emmys.
Moss paid tribute to Margaret Atwood, whose book was the basis for the series.
“This is for you and the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world,” Moss said.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Amazon Studios series about a woman who becomes an unlikely stand-up comedian after splitting with her husband, won best comedy or musical series, and its star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress.
Aziz Ansari won his first Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy for “Master of None,” his series about the adventures of a struggling New York actor.
“I genuinely didn’t think I would win because all the websites said I was going to lose,” Ansari said.
The industry’s elite turned the red carpet black, eschewing bright colors in a fashionable repudiation of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and others ensnared in allegations of misconduct.
“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” actress and media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey told the audience at the Beverly Hilton as she accepted a lifetime achievement award.
“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. Their time is up!” she added, earning a standing ovation.
Here is the list of winners for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Beverly Hills:
Best film, drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best film, musical or comedy: “Lady Bird”
Best director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Best actor, drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Best actress, drama: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best actor, musical or comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Best actress, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Best supporting actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best supporting actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Best screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best foreign language film: “In the Fade”
Best animated feature: “Coco”
Best original score: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
Best original song: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”
Best drama series: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Best drama actor: Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Best drama actress: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Best musical or comedy series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best musical or comedy actor: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Best musical or comedy actress: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best limited series or TV movie: “Big Little Lies”
Best limited series or TV movie actor: Ewan McGregor: “Fargo”
Best limited series or TV movie actress: Nicole Kidman:”Big Little Lies”
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie: Alexander Skarsgard: “Big Little Lies”
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie: Laura Dern: “Big Little Lies”