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Golden Globes proves test for Hollywood sex scandal, actors make rousing speech

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Golden Globes proves test for Hollywood sex scandal, actors make rousing speech With the cloud of sexual harassment hanging over Hollywood's annual round of self-congratulations, the Golden Globe ceremony marked the first test of how the industry handled live on the world's stage a scandal that has rocked show business.

With the cloud of sexual harassment hanging over Hollywood's annual round of self-congratulations, the Golden Globe ceremony on Sunday marked the first test of how the industry handled live on the world's stage a scandal that has rocked show business.

Women wore black on the Golden Globes red carpet to signal support of sexual harassment victims; a major talent agency canceled its annual Golden Globes party to instead fund legal defense for victims; and the Screen Actors Guild Awards later in January will feature all female presenters.

Here are some actress who won big in this year's Golden Globes and made rousing speeches supporting gender equality. Here are some actress and their words:

1. Actresses Nicole Kidman, Rachel Brosnahan and Elisabeth Moss took home the Golden Globe Award for "Big Little Lies", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisela and "The Handmaid's Tale" respectively, and hailed "power of women" while accepting the accolade.

Stars Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson presented the award to Kidman, who started the speech with a hope that her daughters were awake to see the moment live.

"I'm bringing this award home to my babies," Kidman said on Sunday night at the gala here, who continued to thank the whole team of the show and exclaimed "wow, the power of women".

"We did this because of our friendship, our creative union and our support of each other. And I love you. Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz we sat at a table and pledged allegiance to each other and commitment to each other and this is ours to share. Wow, the power of women," she said.

Kidman dedicated the award to her mother, who was in the women's movement, and said: "My achievements are her achievements."

2. Rachel Brosnahan picked the award in Best performance by an Actress in a TV series - Musical or Comedy category for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

"This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman, and I am endlessly proud to be a part of it," Brosnahan said during her acceptance speech.

Taking the spotlight on the 'Time's Up' movement, she said: "There are so many women's stories out there that need and deserve to be told."

3. Elisabeth Moss, who took the Best performance by Actress in a TV series - Drama trophy for her role as Offred in "The Handmaid's Tale" -- an adaptation of a novel by Margaret Atwood, also talked about the "fight for equality and freedom in this world".

"This is from Margaret Atwood: 'We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories'," Moss said while accepting the award.

"Margaret Atwood this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world.

"We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are story in print, and we are writing the story ourselves," she added.

4. As Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, she called for -- in a powerful acceptance speech -- a world free of sexual abusers where nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.

Winfrey's inspirational and moving speech, which drew a standing ovation from the Who's Who of Hollywood, saw her talk about people speaking out the truth and fighting for justice.

"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 in reference to the slew of sexual abuse allegations against men in and outside Hollywood.

Stressing that it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry, Winfrey, 63, said: "It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.

"They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They're part of the world of tech and politics and business. They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military."

Winfrey took the audience through the story of the late Recy Taylor, a woman who in 1944 was kidnapped and raped, but never got justice.

Dressed in an all-black number -- expressing support to the silent protest against sexual predators -- the world-famous talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist said she has attempted through her career "to say something about how men and women really behave".

Read: Women Issues | This Himachal district is on a mission to put a period on menstruation taboo

The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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