Golden Globes speeches make clear Hollywood's stance on sexual harassment

The ceremony was the first major one to take place in the wake of the allegations that have flooded the entertainment industry about prominent and once-respected men accused of sexual misconduct.

Elisabeth Moss won the award for best performance by an actress in a series for her role in the Handmaid’s Tale at the Golden Globes on Sunday 7 January 2018. Picture: Twitter/@goldenglobes

NEW YORK - The Golden Globes may have honoured the best in film and television from the past year, but the awards ceremony also made clear Hollywood’s stance on sexual harassment.

The ceremony was the first major one to take place in the wake of the allegations that have flooded the entertainment industry about prominent and once-respected men accused of sexual misconduct.

From Elisabeth Moss who won for her role in the _Handmaid’s Tale _to Reese Witherspoon’s Big Little Lies scooping best drama miniseries, powerful speeches and shows of unity dominated the ceremony.

Moss said: “We no longer live in the blank white spaces of the age of print. We now longer live in the gaps between the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves.”

Witherspoon said: “I want to thank everyone who broke their silence last year and spoke up about abuse and harassment. You are so brave.”

Oprah Winfrey made a stirring speech at Sunday night’s ceremony where she became the first black woman to be honoured with the Cecil B DeMille award for her contribution to entertainment.

It was a speech that moved those who heard it in the ceremony venue itself and far beyond.

"For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up."

With more award ceremonies yet to come, entertainment pundits will watch to see how heavily the issue continues to feature on the Hollywood stage.