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As expected, the acceptance speeches from this year’s Golden Globes were rife with empowering messages for women and calls for Hollywood to tell women’s stories and do better by women in general. Unfortunately, there was a complete absence of women of color being honored at the show, save for Oprah Winfrey’s Cecil B. DeMille award, which is obviously a huge problem. But nonetheless the show did give us plenty of pro-woman sentiments. From the women, that is. Here are some of the highlights.

Nicole Kidman

(Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Big Little Lies)

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“This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe and I hope that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them.”

Rachel Brosnahan

(Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

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“There are so many women’s stories out there that still need and deserve to be told so as we enter this new year please let’s continue to hold each other accountable and invest in and make and champion these stories.”

Elisabeth Moss

(Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama for The Handmaid’s Tale) 

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“Margaret Atwood, this is for you and 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 edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps in the stories. We are the stories in print, and we are writing the stories ourselves.”

Laura Dern

(Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for Big Little Lies)

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“Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing, 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 of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.”

OPRAH WINFREY

(Cecil B. DeMille Award)

What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have...All the women who’ve endured years of abuse, they like my mother had children to feed, bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”

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Check out the full video here.

Reese Witherspoon

(Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Big Little Lies)

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“I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke up about abuse and harassment. You are so brave, and hopefully, shows like this more will be made, so people out there who are feeling silenced, by harassment, discrimination, abuse, time is up. We see you, we hear you, and we will tell your stories. Thank you.”

Frances McDormand

(Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

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“I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight and to be apart of the tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure. Trust me, the women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”

Honorable mentions:

Natalie Portman’s perfect dig at the all-male nominations for Best Director.

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Jessica Chastain’s wage gap jabs:

Barbra Streisand calling out the Golden Globes for the fact that she remains the only woman to have won Best Director.

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