Though the Golden Globes may be an annual Hollywood awards show that, after 75 years, some may think of as de rigeur, this year's show struck a powerful tone. Most stars hit the red carpet wearing black as a symbol of protest against harassment in Hollywood and in support of Time's Up, a campaign to fight sexual harassment, assault, and inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces. At the same time, many attendees used last night's spotlight to speak directly to parents and children or celebrate their own families. Here, seven of the most significant mom moments from the 2018 Golden Globes.
1. When Oprah Winfrey gave little girls and their parents watching at home something to stand and applaud.
Accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award, Oprah gave a rousing speech that brought those in the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom to their feet, but likely also had moms and their daughters cheering from home. "In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: 'The winner is Sidney Poitier,'" Oprah shared. "Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people's houses."
She continued, "In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award," Oprah said. "It is an honor -- it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible."
Later, she addressed young women directly: "I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again."
2. When Saoirse Ronan thanked her mom -- over FaceTime!
When Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for her role in coming-of-age flick Lady Bird, she made a point to express her gratitude toward her mom. "My mom's on FaceTime over there on someone's phone," she said during her acceptance speech. "So, hi! I have no time at all to say thank you but I just want to say how inspirational it is to be in this room tonight. I want to thank HFPA for the award. A24, [director] Greta [Gerwig], all the producers on the film. All of the women who I love so much in my own life who support me every single day. My mother, who's on FaceTime, and Margot and all of my friends and my family. And actually, everyone in this room! So thank you so much for this."
3. When expectant mother America Ferrera hit the red carpet for the first time since announcing her pregnancy.
The mom-to-be, who announced on New Year's Eve that she and husband Ryan Piers Williams are expecting their first L.O., stepped out in a black shimmery gown with a train and walked the red carpet alongside Natalie Portman. Both were wearing black in support of Time’s Up: a movement and an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, which launched on New Year's Day with a letter first published in the New York Times.
“It’s so incredible to look around and see everyone in solidarity, ready to really address the issues that exist in our industry and across all industries,” she said of the on the red carpet, according to People. “It’s our job — right now, the time is now — for us to do the work that will make women and all people more safe and more equal in their workplaces and in their lives.”
4. When mom-to-be Eva Longoria made a powerful statement on the red carpet.
Making her Golden Globes entry alongside Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, who's expecting her first child with husband José “Pepe” Antonio Bastón, flaunted her baby bump while speaking out about Time's Up: “This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment. A vast majority of the women who had been contacted and planned to attend the ceremony pledged to participate. For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”
5. When Nicole Kidman paid tribute to her children and her mom.
Accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television, Big Little Lies star Nicole Kidman said, “My daughter’s still awake, so Sunny, Faith, I love you. I’m bringing this home to you babies. She later honored her mom, noting, "My momma was an advocate for the women’s movement when I was growing up, and because of her, I’m standing here. My achievements are her achievements. My sister and I say thank you, Janelle Kidman, for what you fought for so hard."
6. When Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet with her son Pax.
Perhaps the sweetest pairing to take the red carpet all night was Angelina Jolie and her 14-year-old son Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt. The actress and noted humanitarian, who presented last night, wore a black gown with a sheer neckline, and Pax wore a black velvet tuxedo along with a “Time’s Up” pin.
7. When Laura Dern called on fellow parents to teach their children to speak up without fear.
When the actress accepted her award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role in a Limited Series for her performance in HBO's Big Little Lies, she discussed how the #MeToo movement ties into her role in the mini-series: "To David E. Kelley, our superhero who took Liane’s words and gave me particularly the most outrageous, complicated woman and a terrified mother, terrified because her little girl was being abused and bullied, and she was too afraid to speak up."
Dern went on to address a broader audience and parents specifically: "Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth but to promote restorative justice. May we also please protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new North Star. Bless you. Bless everyone who worked on this. All the people who support me and my beautiful children, thank you for all of your work and love. Good night."