Three Billboards wins best drama at the Golden Globes

A still from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the award-winning lyricists of La La Land, took home the prize for best original song for their anthem "The Is Me" from the P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman, with Pasek offering a "thank you to audiences who are coming to see musicals on the big screen again".

In an evening during which sober-minded consciousness-raising replaced the traditional loosey-goosey wackiness that has usually characterized the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - whether by design or mere coincidence - celebrated what in a bygone era what might have been called "women's pictures".

Multiple allegations against actors, filmmakers and Hollywood agents since October 2017 have led to numerous accused being fired, forced to step down, or dropped from creative projects.

But the one who said it the best, and the longest, was Oprah Winfrey, who gave a rousing nine-minute speech on race and gender after receiving the annual Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Elisabeth Moss, accepting an award for her performance in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", movingly dedicated her award to Margaret Atwood, whose book the show is based on, and the women who came before her and after her. "Lady Bird" took best picture (musical or comedy).

"Big Little Lies" won a leading four awards, including best limited series and best supporting actress for Laura Dern.

McDormand: "Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food".

In the first award of the night, Nicole Kidman picked up the gong for her role in Big Little Lies.

It was a jarring speech on a surreal red carpet; I could feel the rage and power of the women gathered there buzzing through my TV. "We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print".

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The show of support for the "Me Too" movement and the "Time's Up" campaign echoed around the world as viewers stood united with the stars by wearing black while watching the ceremony.

In her own words, Moss thanked Atwood, saying of her award, "Margaret Atwood, this is for you, and all of the women who came before you and after you who were courageous enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world".

While Three Billboards took top honors, Guillermo del Toro was singled out as best director for The Shape of Water, his romantic, creature-feature fable.

"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have".

Stars including Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Gal Gadot all wore black in a silent protest against the abuse, which centred on allegations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

-Foreign Language: "In the Fade". Winfrey's speech thundered into a rallying cry for equality and justice for women everywhere, "whose names we'll never know", and a salute to men who support them.

Winfrey, 63, who said she was inspired to become an actress after seeing Sidney Poitier win the exact same award in 1982, added that she values "the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this". "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts", she said.

Notably left empty-handed was Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk", Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out" and Steven Spielberg's "The Post", which Meyers, alluding to its awards-season bona fides, feigned to present an armful of Globes before the show even started.

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