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Golden Globes 2018: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins big

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Story by Jack Foley

PROVOCATIVE comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri emerged as the big winner in the film categories at the Golden Globes, taking home four of the night’s top prizes.

The film, directed by Martin McDonagh, took home the best film drama award, with its star Frances McDormand also picking up a trophy for best actress.

The Oscar-winning actress stars as a grieving mother who challenges police over the fact her daughter’s killer has not been found by taking out advertising on three billboards outside her home town in order to shame the law into action.

Director McDonagh was also recognised with an award for his screenplay, while Sam Rockwell won best supporting actor for his performance as an unstable deputy.

In what proved to be a good night for British talent, Gary Oldman was named best actor in a drama for portraying Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour – a feat he revealed took 63 applications of make-up.

And Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was crowned best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird, which was also named best film in the musical or comedy category.

Of the night’s other big winners in the film categories, Guillermo del Toro was named best director for The Shape of Water, James Franco took best actor in a comedy or musical for The Disaster Artist (which he also directed), and Allison Janney won best supporting actress for I, Tonya.

Disney-Pixar’s Coco was named best animated film, while In The Fade won best foreign language film.

The 75th Golden Globes ceremony took place amid the backdrop of a year in which Hollywood has been rocked by the sexual abuse scandal.

Stars wore black to honour victims, with many of the winners, hosts and presents taking the opportunity to make impassioned speeches on the issue.

Oprah Winfrey summed up the mood of the evening by saying that “a new day is on the horizon” as she collected an honorary award – the Cecil B DeMille trophy. In doing so, she became the first black woman to get the honour.

Her powerful speech resulted in a standing ovation, especially when she declared: “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

She continued: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!”

The evening’s host, Seth Meyers, was also quick to address the scandal in his opening remarks by saying: “Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen… It’s 2018 and marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.

“For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”

Meyers also jokingly encouraged Winfrey to run for president against Donald Trump.

In the TV categories, HBO mini-series Big Little Lies proved to be the big winner, claiming four trophies. Ewan McGregor was also recognised with an award for best actor for his dual performance in hit show Fargo. Read more

The 75th Golden Globe awards were handed out at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

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