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20 Best, Worst and Most WTF Moments of Golden Globes 2018

From Seth Meyers putting abusers on blast to that historic Oprah speech – the highlights (and low points) of this year’s politically charged broadcast

Hollywood’s big awards shows haven’t been shy about wearing activism on their sleeves in recent years, ever since 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite campaign took the Academy to task for its racism by omission. But never before has Tinseltown’s admonishment of its own failings been so front-and-center than at last night’s 75th Golden Globe Awards. 

The specter of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry cast a massive, Harvey Weinstein-shaped shadow over the evening, and the night felt like an exorcism of those demons. The guests were even dressed for an exorcism: Almost the entire assembly wore black (or variants thereof – we saw those navy accents) in solidarity with Time’s Up, a newly founded initiative dedicated to combatting gender inequality and sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. And the night was marked by frank, politically charged moments from female presenters and honorees, most memorably a rousing, powerful speech from Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Oprah Winfrey and a thrillingly unscripted reproach from presenter Natalie Portman.

Though the awards themselves almost seemed like an afterthought, there was still plenty to talk about. Here are the best, worst and just plain bizarre WTF moments from the 2018 Golden Globes.

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Best: The Powerful Effect of the All-Black Attire

Despite attempts in recent years to improve the conversation around award shows, such as the #AskHerMore campaign, these events tend to remain an extravagant, candy-colored parade of beautiful people in stunning costume. By contrast, the Golden Globes’ sea of black dresses and tuxes, while not exactly funereal, had a sobering effect. It was an acknowledgment of those who’ve suffered losses personally and professionally in a culture of silence that protected the industry’s worst abusers, and also a powerful statement of intent to be seen as more than sex objects. Last night’s ceremony was hardly fun – even Aziz Ansari, who somehow managed to lighten the mood of Inauguration weekend when he hosted SNL last year, was uncharacteristically muted. But at the same time the atmosphere felt appropriate, and even forced the question: What is all the hoopla about? This year, at least, it was about fighting back. PR

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