This year, it was all gender politics, and of course the #MeToo movement that has engulfed Hollywood and spread into the culture at large with astonishing speed.
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Though the atmosphere was still buoyant and positive, the usually superficial red carpet had unusual exchanges. This year, there was talk of working conditions for farmers and janitors, and demands for equal pay across society. Because really, who would want to live their lives knowing that they let Oprah Winfrey down?
The reactions on social media nearly as powerful as Oprah's speech.
Numerous female recipients, including Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, both of "Big Little Lies", spoke about the need for the telling of women's stories and the change those stories can bring.
"She's speaking to Hollywood, she's not speaking to Iowa, but still that message was very powerful", he added.
Her honor came in a year when the awards show, Hollywood's first leading up to the Oscars, was dominated by a scandal that has seen the downfall of dozens of powerful men as women break years of silence.
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But notably, while the entire awards show focused on the theme of female empowerment, no women were nominated for Best Director, a hypocrisy actress Natalie Portman did not shy away from calling out. "Here are the all-male nominees", she exclaimed, leaving co-host Ron Howard squirming. Elisabeth Moss took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for her performance in The Handmaid's Tale, a Hulu original series about a dystopian society with legal restrictions on women's rights. "I think one of the arguments against Oprah is 45". Winning for best actress, McDormand noted to the crowd that "I keep my politics private. We're here for the work". Her speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement was highly praised, and many even encouraged her to run for president. "I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon!" she said.
After college, she went into journalism before reigning for 25 years as queen of the United States talk show, ushering in an era of confessional television before becoming the first black woman to own a television network. He thanked the show's creator, Dan Fogelman, for writing a role "for a black man that can only be played by a black man". Entertainment Television on the issue while doing interviews with them on the red carpet.
The talk show host recalled the case of Recy Taylor, who as a young woman in 1944 was abducted and raped by six white men and whose case was taken up by Rosa Parks, the American civil rights campaigner who became a standard bearer for the fight against the country's racist laws by refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
"But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that", Sanders said. "I miss Catt Sadler".
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She was joking there, too. Her remarks, my colleague Ellen Gray wrote, "sounded like a stump speech".
He told them to "lower the music ... it's taken 25 years".
Guillermo del Toro, who directed "The Shape of Water", delivered an unusual speech given the moment, expressing solidarity not with women, but with imaginary creatures. The film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady who falls in love with an amphibious creature kept confined in a government lab. The emotional Mexican-born filmmaker wiped back tears and managed to quiet the music that urged him offstage.More news: NC loses Toyota-Mazda vehicle plant to Alabama