Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Golden Globes Win Sparks Backlash

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Golden Globes Win Sparks Backlash

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Golden Globes Win Sparks Backlash

Frances McDormand's performance as a mother seeking vengeance for her brutally murdered daughter was a tour de force, so I never wavered in my certainty that she would win Best Film Drama Actress.

Rumours circulated that actors including nominees and presenters where planning to wear black on the Globes red carpet to stand in solidarity in acknowledging the flood of sexual abuse allegations that shook Hollywood. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies emerged as the big victors of the night, but who missed out at this year's HFPA awards?

As Larasi, who is the executive director of Imkaan, a British black feminist organisation addressing violence against women of colour, put it, the event was "really an unbelievable opportunity to just use this platform to highlight all the different issues, and to say time's up on violence against women".

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men".

The Boss Baby was robbed of its Best Animated Feature Golden Globe award, losing out to Pixar's Coco. The comedy categorisation did the film no favours and, though it might pick up a few nominations at the Oscars, it looks unlikely to win any of its awards.

The first award of the night, perhaps fittingly, went to one of Hollywood's most powerful women: Nicole Kidman, for her performance in HBO's "The Big Little Lies", a series she and Reese Witherspoon also produced. We wrote about Seth Meyers' opening monologue earlier today, but it's worth revisiting as a moment of allyship. But it wasn't the only big victor to focus on steely female protagonists on the night. Willem Dafoe's career-best performance in The Florida Project has snatched up almost every critics' award over the past few months and it seemed all but confirmed that he'd do the same thing last night at the Globes.

Specifically, the movie won awards in the categories of Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama for the lead actress Frances McDormand, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for the performance of Sam Rockwell and finally Best Screenplay-Motion Picture with victor Martin McDonagh. McDormand won Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, for her role in the film.

McDormand said she was proud to be a woman in the industry.

Meanwhile, the female-centric "Big Little Lies" was the big TV victor with Best Limited Series, and Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard taking home Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively for that category.

With McDormand at her Fargo-esque best and scenes that will stay with you for weeks, it's easy to see why Three Billboards took home the prestigious audience award at September's Toronto International Film Festival. She went on to announce two $1 million grants to support journalists. Guillermo del Toro won the trophy in the Best Director category. James Franco won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in the film The Disaster Artist while Gary Oldman won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.