The 75th annual Golden Globes ceremony has taken place in Beverly Hills, with Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman and Frances McDormand among the big winners on the night. The star-studded event - the first major awards ceremony since the Hollywood sexual harassment scandals broke – also made headlines with its politically charged edge; the majority of the winners used their time in the spotlight to speak out against sexual harassment and gender inequality. And then there was the fashion - practically everyone adhered to the unofficial black dress code in support of the Time's Up movement. Scroll down for all the highlights from this year's much-talked about Golden Globes…
Seth Meyers was the host of the 75th annual Golden Globes
Seth Meyers was tasked with hosting the ceremony – and he didn't shy away from the "elephant in the room". "Good evening ladies and remaining gentleman," he began his opening speech. "It's 2018, marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn't. It's been years since a white man has been this nervous in Hollywood. For the male nominees in the room tonight, this will be the first time in three months it won't be terrifying to hear your name read out loud."
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Frances McDormand won the best actress award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand was among the winners on the night, taking home the best actress award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. While accepting her trophy, she said: "I'm going to keep it short because we've been here a long time and we need some tequila. All you ladies in this category – bar, tequila is on me." The film was also named best motion picture.
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies were the big winners, taking home four awards each. The former won acting trophies for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, while the latter saw three of its cast – Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern – honoured at the ceremony.
Best actor winner Gary Oldman with his wife Gisele Schmidt
British actor Gary Oldman was named best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. He thanked the cast and crew of the film by quoting the iconic politician. "My taste is quite simple. I'm easily satisfied with the very best," he said, adding, "And I was surrounded by the very best." He also thanked the make-up artists who had transformed him for the role, and paid tribute to his wife. "She would say to friends, 'I go to bed with Winston Churchill and wake up with Gary Oldman'. Which I suppose is better than the other way around."
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Natalie Portman took the opportunity to highlight gender disparity while presenting the best director for a motion picture award alongside Ron Howard. "And here are the all-male nominees," she remarked, before introducing the five hopefuls.
Natalie Portman highlighted gender disparity in Hollywood while presenting with Ron Howard
Nicole Kidman paid a touching tribute to her husband Keith Urban as she accepted the award for best performance by an actress in a limited series for Big Little Lies. "When my cheek is against yours, everything melts away – and that is love," she said. "It's true. I love you so much."
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Ewan McGregor won his first Golden Globe for his role in Fargo, and took the opportunity to thank both his estranged wife, Eve Mavrakis, and rumoured new girlfriend and costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead. "I want to take a moment just to say thank you to Eve. who always stood by me for 22 years," he said, while also paying tribute to the couple's children. He also thanked Mary Elizabeth saying there would be no Ray - one of his character in season three - without her.
Ewan McGregor took home his first Golden Globe for Fargo
Black was the theme of the night. Almost everyone adhered to the unofficial black dress code on the red carpet in support of the Time's Up movement, standing in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and harassment. Many men wore Time's Up badges or black shirts.
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The most powerful speech of the night came from special honouree Oprah Winfrey, who spoke with passion in support of women "speaking their truth" and "a new day dawning on the horizon". "For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men but their time is up. Their time is up," she said. "And I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented goes marching on ... In my career what I've always tried my best to do, whether in television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love, how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I've interviewed and portrayed people who've withstood some of the ugliest things that life can throw at you but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning even during our darkest nights."
Oprah Winfrey delivered the most powerful speech of the night
Reese Witherspoon had the honour of presenting Oprah with the Cecil B. DeMille Award – and she revealed what it it's really like to spend time with the global star. "I got to work with Oprah on our movie, A Wrinkle In Time, where we spent four hours in the make-up chair every day," she said. "Guys, if you can find a way to be stuck in a small space with Oprah for four hours, do it. It's like going to Wharton Business School combined with a spiritual retreat all in one, I learned how to make the best English muffin, to what it's like being the only woman board member at a huge company. And her hugs! Oprah's hugs could end wars, solve world peace. It's like your oldest, dearest friend has just seen you after the longest trip of your life, it's that good."