75th Golden Globes: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Lady Bird' and more win; stars support #TimesUp initiative

The 75th Annual Golden Globes were held tonight in Los Angeles, and several LGBTQ-inclusive projects took home awards! Visit glaad.org/awardsseason and add your name to congratulate the LGBTQ nominees and winners this awards season.

Lady Bird picked up the Golden Globe in Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. The film included a gay subplot centered on Danny, a classmate and friend of Lady Bird's who she meets during auditions for the school's musical.

The Handmaid's Tale won the Golden Globe in Best TV Series - Drama. The series is set in a haunting future where women are subjugated under the rule of the totalitarian Gilead regime. After environmental contamination causes widespread infertility, every fertile woman is captured and forced to serve as a handmaid in the homes of the government elites and (through ritualized rape) bear children for those men and their wives. The story also addresses the persecution of lesbian women specifically through the eyes of Moira, played by out actress Samira Wiley, and Ofglen (Alexis Bledel). In music, out songwriter and composer Benj Pasek and his work partner Justin Paul took home the award in Best Original Song - Motion Picture for "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman.

Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the trophy is presented to someone who has made "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." She is the first black woman to receive this award, and in her speech spoke of the impact on young people of seeing someone who looks like them being honored after seeing Sidney Poitier onstage when she was a child. Winfrey also spoke about the importance of inclusion and the power of the press. "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, and I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories," she said.

Several of the evening's winners took the time during their speeches to talk about the power of stories in changing the conversation and why #RepresentationMatters. Nicole Kidman said, "I do believe that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and how we tell them," when speaking about intimate partner abuse during her acceptance for her work on Big Little Lies. "Truth is powerful, and in a really good film, we recognize the truth about ourselves, about others. And it is so powerful that it can even change people's minds, touch people's hearts, and ultimately even change society itself," said presenter Barbra Streisand. Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) each made calls for Hollywood to tell more stories about women, and This is Us' Sterling K. Brown spoke on the importance of roles specifically written for people of color. He said, “Throughout the majority of my career I’ve benefited from color-blind casting. Dan Fogelman [This is Us creator], you wrote a role for a black man, that can only be played by a black man. And so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.” Brown made history with tonight's win as the first black actor to win best actor in a TV Drama.

Many on the red carpet wore black in recognition of the sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood that have emerged over the past few months. Stars additionally wore Time’s Up pins in reference to the sexual harassment prevention initiative launched last week by over 300 women working in entertainment. The initiative aims to combat harassment with a legal defense fund for survivors across all industries, lobbying for legislation against companies that enable perpetrators, and working towards gender parity in leadership positions.You can show your support by turning your social profiles black and tweeting with the hashtags #TimesUp and #WhyWeWearBlack to stand up for women and address the massive inequalities and discrimination faced by women of every race, religion, orientation, and identity.

Later this week will be the People's Choice Awards, Critics Choice Film and TV Awards, with the NAACP Image Awards and SAG Awards following the next week. Visit glaad.org/awardsseason and add your name to congratulate the LGBTQ nominees and winners this awards season.