Attendees at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday were determined to make a statement of the show from start to finish. From the #TimesUp red carpet initiative to the Oprah Winfrey speech that made the room stand still, there was no shortage of poignant moments addressing the current sexual harassment reckoning in Hollywood. Several of the Big Little Lies cast members who won awards also took the opportunity to speak truth to the power of the women who have come forward with their stories, and they were responsible for some of the most memorable moments of the evening.
Nicole Kidman kicked things off for the hit HBO series as she accepted her statue for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
“This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse,” Kidman, who portrayed a victim of domestic violence in the show, said. “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 made sure to include her costars, including Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz, in her acceptance, saying, “This is ours to share. Wow, the power of women.”
Laura Dern took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actress, an honor that she, like Kidman, shared with her costars. She pleaded with the room to start to move forward for those who have bravely shared their stories. “I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth,” she said, “but to promote restorative justice.”
Reese Witherspoon, who helped to spearhead the Time’s Up initiative for the night, took her politics to the podium as she accepted the award for Best Limited Series or Television Movie.
“This show is so much about the life we present to the world that could be very different than the life we live behind closed doors,” she said. “I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year, and spoke up about abuse and harassment — you are so brave. And hopefully, shows like this, more will be made, so people out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse… time is up. We see you. We hear you. And we will tell your stories.”
The second season of Big Little Lies can’t come soon enough. Congrats to all the stars on their moments tonight.
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