WEEK IN WOMEN awards season news roundup: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and Oprah win at Golden Globes, ‘The Shape of Water’ receives Critics Choice and AWFJ honors

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Frances McDormand stars in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Fox Searchlight photo

Frances McDormand stars in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Fox Searchlight photo

Multi-hyphenate entertainer Oprah Winfrey and Martin McDonagh’s gripping drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were the big winners at the Jan. 7 Golden Globe Awards.

As previously reported, the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards were more than just a frothy, champagne-fueled, back-patting party in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against high-profile Hollywood men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and many more.

Many actors – especially women but also some men – wore black on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Globes telecast to show solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse and donned Time’s Up pins promoting the newly launched vast and ambitious initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment not only in Hollywood a but also in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.

As previously reported, Winfrey was announced in advance as the winner of the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award, and her speech promising change to the state of gender politics and referencing Sidney Poitier’s historic Oscar win and the late Recy Taylor’s horrific 1940s rape case was so rousing it launched interest in an Oprah presidential campaign.

As the Associated Press reports, Winfrey had the crowd giving her repeated ovations as she issued a warning — not once, but three times — to powerful men who abuse women: “Their time is up! ”

“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” said Winfrey, accepting the lifetime achievement honors. “But their time is up. Their time is up!”

She ended her stirring speech with a call to young girls. “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she said. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women … 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.”

Director Ava DuVernay later wrote on Twitter that the room was “still vibrating like electricity from that speech.”

According to EW.com, Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, and her speech is now available to stream on Spotify. You can also read the transcript here, via Harper’s Bizarre.

Women’s stories also were well represented among the winners. In film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” garnered four trophies, including best drama, McDonagh for best screenplay, best actress for Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell as the hot-tempered, dim-witted sheriff’s deputy who is supposed to leading the investigation.

“I keep my politics private. But it was really great to be in this room and to be part of a tectonic shift in our industry power structure.” McDormand said as she accepted her award, adding, “Trust me: The women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We’re here for the work.”

Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age story “Lady Bird” won twice, for best comedy film and for lead actress for Saoirse Ronan.

Guillermo del Toro earned the best director prize for “The Shape of Water,” but not before presenter Natalie Portman made a sly reference to the woman-free list of finalists, noting “And here are the all MALE nominees.” The AP reports that Barbra Streisand also took a jab at the Globes, noting that her 1984 win made her only woman to have won best director.

“That was 34 years ago, folks. Time’s up!” she said.

In the TV categories, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” scored four wins, for best limited series, Nicole Kidman for lead actress, Laura Dern for supporting actress and Alexander Skarsgard for supporting actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won for best comedy series and for lead actress Rachel Brosnahan. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” claimed the prize for best drama television series.

Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” became the first black actor to win the Globe for best actor in a TV drama, according to the AP.

To read the full list of Golden Globe winners, per The Hollywood Reporter, click here.

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones appear in a scene from "The Shape of Water." Fox Searchlight photo

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones appear in a scene from “The Shape of Water.” Fox Searchlight photo

‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture at Critics Choice Awards

The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards aired live from California Thursday night, with “The Shape of Water” taking home best picture honors, and helmer Guillermo del Toro accepted the prize for best director.

After smilingly accepting the best actor in a musical or comedy movie prize at the Golden Globes, “The Disaster Artist” star James Franco was notably absent from the Critics’ Choice Awards, where he was the best comedy actor winner, amid allegations of sexual misconduct from five women earlier in the day.

Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, referred the Los Angeles Times to comments the actor made on Jan. 9 on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where he said, “I pride myself on taking responsibility for things I’ve done” and reiterated his position that the accounts were false.

According to ABC News, “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot was honored with the #SeeHer Award, which recognizes women who push boundaries on changing stereotypes and the importance of accurately portraying women. She said she shared the award with “all the women and men who stand up for what’s right, standing for those who can’t stand or speak for themselves.”

Gadot added, “My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silent, and we will continue [to] band together, to make strides uniting for equality.”

“Wonder Woman” was also named best action movie.

Big Golden Globes winner “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” earned more acting accolades at the Critics’ Choice Awards, including additional wins for best actress for Frances McDormand, best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and best acting ensemble.J

To see the full list of winners via ABC News, click here.

Saoirse Ronan appears in a scene from "Lady Bird." A24 photo

Saoirse Ronan appears in a scene from “Lady Bird.” A24 photo

‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Lady Bird’ top AWFJ end-of-year awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced Tuesday the winners of for its end-of-year awards for 2017.

As previously reported, the 11th annual EDA Awards – which stands for Excellent Dynamic Activism – are being presented in 25 categories divided into three sections: the standard “best of” section, the Female Focus awards and the irreverent EDA Special Mention awards—including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award.

This year’s list of nominees was particularly strong, reflecting a number of esteemed cinematic projects helmed by and/or focused on women.

As I reported on my BAM’s Blog, in the “best of” section, this year’s big winner is “The Shape of Water,”  garnering EDA Awards in two categories including Best Film, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. The film’s lead actress, Sally Hawkins, tied with “I, Tonya’s” Margot Robbie’s for the EDA Bravest Performance Award to give del Toro’s latest grown-up fairy tale three awards.

Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” also was honored with three awards that included Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf and two awards for Gerwig for Best Woman Director and Best Woman Screenwriter.

“The Florida Project” won two awards for its performances: Best Supporting Actor for Willem Dafoe and Best Breakthrough Performance for Brooklynn Prince.

In the EDA Special Mention Categories, documentary filmmaker Agnes Varda was voted the Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award, while receiving the Best Documentary Award for her film “Faces, Places.” Kate Winslet won the Actress Most in Need of a New Agent for “Wonder Wheel” and “The Mountain Between Us.”

The AWJF chose to honor Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd and all women who spoke out against sexual harassment with the EDA Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry.

The Annual AWFJ Hall of Shame Award was bestowed upon “Sexual tormentors” Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and others.

“This year was an important year for women to feel empowered to speak out and be heard,” said EDA Awards and AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin in a statement. “The need for gender parity and gender diversity in the movie industry is patently clear, and the time to stop sexual harassment in all industries is now. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and its core values. I am thrilled that for this year’s awards, our AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent and to recognize those who are leading with their voices to put an end to long time misconduct making the 2017 EDA Awards particularly relevant when art and film must be the vanguard of social progress.”

To read the full list of AWFJ winners, click here.

-BAM

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