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‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Three Billboards’ and Time’s Up dominate the awards

That’s a wrap on the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The night’s winners were “Big Little Lies,” which won four prizes, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which also took home four. Perhaps appropriately, given the tenor of the evening, both the HBO series and the darkly comic drama revolve around female characters and plots involving rape and domestic abuse.

The real story of the evening, though, wasn’t the awards so much as the recurring theme that the time has finally come to make some changes in Hollywood — and the wider world. Everyone from host Seth Meyers to Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Oprah Winfrey addressed the lack of equality and the need to hold abusers accountable. Even some of the presenters managed to make a statement, as when Natalie Portman called out the all-male lineup of directing nominees. Tune in next year to find out if anything has changed.

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ wins best motion picture, drama

The darkly comedic drama, which had six nominations, won the night’s biggest prize just after its star Frances McDormand picked up the trophy for best actress in a drama.

Frances McDormand wins best actress in a drama for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

McDormand is finally a winner after six nominations. This is the third win for “Three Billboards.”

“I have a few things to say,” she promised tantalizingly before saying that actually she was going to keep it short, since the show had already gone on so long. Maybe that’s why the network kept bleeping her out for saying things like “Ffffffox Searchlight.”

“We need some tequila,” she said, then told the other ladies in her category to meet her at the bar for drinks on her. She also said she appreciated the Hollywood Foreign Press, even though she’s not sure who they are, because they managed to elect a female president.

McDormand didn’t get too political — she keeps that side of her life private. But she did have a message for the men watching: “Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”

Gary Oldman wins best actor in a motion picture, drama for ‘Darkest Hour’
Gary Oldman (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Oldman kicked things off by quoting Winston Churchill, whom he played in the historical drama: “My tastes are simple — I am easily satisfied with the best.” It was a natural segue to thanking the cast and crew on the film: “I was surrounded by the very best.”

He also thanked his wife for putting up with his “crazy” while shooting the movie.

‘Lady Bird’ wins best motion picture, comedy or musical

The movie was written and directed by Greta Gerwig. This is the second award for the movie, after a win for Saoirse Ronan for best actress.

Golden Globes 2018: Oprah’s rousing speech; ‘Three Billboards’ and ‘Lady Bird’ win; Meyers monologue hits the mark

Live coverage of the 75th Golden Globe Awards with instant analysis and commentary on the red carpet, the winners and the biggest moments.

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