Women power at the Golden Globes

Published January 21, 2018, 4:05 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

Los Angeles – Aside from making a statement by wearing all black to the 75th Golden Globe Awards to display their solidarity for the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, the women at the Globes displayed unity and sisterhood with their acceptance speeches, backstage interviews and press conferences.

Below are our favorite quotes from the winning actresses that night:


Nicole Kidman (Best Actress – Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for ‘Big Little Lies’)

On having it all

“I don’t have it all. I have balance right now. I don’t believe in the phrase have it all, because what is all? I have certain things in my life now that are hard that I am struggling with and obviously as you get to a certain age you have your parents and I have things that I am dealing with that I am not going to talk about publicly. But I am dealing with them and with my mom and all of those things and that’s just part of life. So do I have it all? No, but I am walking through it and I am walking through it with an enormous amount of love and support in my life.”


Rachel Brosnahan (Best Actress – Television Series, Musical or Comedy for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’)

On her advice to a beginner in the industry

“Just do it. Open your mouth. Write a script. Just do it. There are so many different platforms available now. To put stories out into the world: Do it. Do it. Do it.”

On lessons she learned from her character

“Confidence. I’m fortunate that in my real life, that’s not debilitating self-confidence issues, is not something I’ve struggled with for an extended period of time, although I don’t think there’s not anyone in this room that hasn’t felt that some way or another. Finding the confidence in my work to bring this woman to life was challenging and terrifying. I’ve never done comedy. This whole thing was like a nightmare and a dream at the same time, and I hope to be able to carry that with me, that sense of self-empowerment that has been a constant discovery process through telling this story.”


Allison Janney (Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for ‘I, Tonya’)

On what is going to create a sustained change in Hollywood

“I was just talking about this with some other friends of mine saying how I don’t know if it will ever be able to end abuse and sexual harassment, but I think there will be repercussions for that kind of behavior. People will be held accountable for it. I think with these times, the funds they are creating is going to help people who might not have access to legal defence, get counsel, and I just think there will be more accountability. I don’t think we can ever eradicate the abuses of power. This has been around since the beginning of all time, but I just think it just won’t be tolerated anymore. And hopefully the repercussions for it will make people think twice or go get help, you know. That’s what I’m hoping.”


Elisabeth Moss (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

On the recent culture of Hollywood and the role women would play in it

“I really hope that it is something that we remember as being the start of a new era and change. I am so blown away and proud of the women who have come forward and the women who have had the bravery to speak up when they have something to lose. It’s incredibly brave and they’re really heroic. So for me, I hope it teaches the younger generation. I hope it teaches other actresses. I hope it teaches other people in our business and even not just from our business to speak up and to not allow certain things to happen and that it’s okay. You’re going to be supported when that happens and so it’s important for us to give any men and women coming forward with things like this to give them all the support that we can because it’s an incredibly brave thing to do so. I hope it is a time when we can look back and we’ll say wow, that was a real tipping point and people really started changing and treating men and women the way that they should be treated.”


Laura Dern (Best Supporting Actress – Series, Limited Series, TV and Motion Picture for ‘Big Little Lies’)

On her character in ‘Big Little Lies’ and women

“Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silence 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 retribution is our culture’s new north star.”


Saoirse Ronan (Best Actress – Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for ‘Lady Bird’)

On her mom and mentors in life

“In life, my mom I would say is my mentor. She’s, I just refer to her about everything really. And she’s the one who keeps me grounded. She’s amazing. And Greta Gerwig has been a huge influence on me, just the way she’s gone about really honing her skill, her director’s skill and exposing herself to all of these great directors’ work and compiling all that so she can do it herself. She’s done such a brilliant job of it. I just really admire her.”


Frances McDormand (Best Actress – Motion Picture, Drama for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’)

On how she dealt with the injustice done to her

“I built my entire career on that in a way. I was told as a young actor that I wasn’t this and I wasn’t that and I wasn’t this and I wasn’t naturally talented. So I kind of just made lists of all those things that they said that I wasn’t and decided at some point they were going to need that, and I would be good at it. So part of what the great gift of this part is at 60, I am allowed to show the breadth of my professional capabilities and also portray a woman who is ironically different than most of the females you see on screen. So I feel that this is answering some of the injustice of my profession.”

On women in Hollywood not getting strong roles

“Demand it. And, it’s making money. People are going to see it. ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards,’ and ‘Thor,’ that’s pretty good company as far as I am concerned. But I really mean it. There are two things that you guys have to do for us because we are doing it and we continue to do it, but what people of influence need to do is demand and audiences need to demand more female-centric stories, and films that are based on really good scripts. Not blueprints, not stereotypes, but interesting stories and that is what we are all in the business of promoting. So demand it. We got them.” (Photos from Filbert Diego Kung and Janet R. Nepales/HFPA)