Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little Lies” were the top winners at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Both the darkly comic film and the HBO limited series ended the night with four wins a piece in their respective motion picture and television categories. The 75th awards kicked off with Seth Meyers tackling Hollywood’s sexual misconduct and gender inequality head on in an opening monologue that also included the host joking about a presidential run for Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree Oprah Winfrey. She answered the call with an acceptance speech that inspired others to seriously consider the possibility


These eight actresses are bringing gender and racial justice activists as guests to the Golden Globes tonight

Michelle Williams (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle Williams (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

While a number of stars at Sunday night's Golden Globes are expected to walk the red carpet dressed in black in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, eight actresses have decided to take their protest a step further.

Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler and Emma Stone will each be attending the awards with an advocate or activist for gender and racial justice, according to a press release.

"Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions," reads a joint statement from the advocates, who have pledged their support to Time’s Up — a newly formed female coalition of actresses, agents, lawyers and others who came up with the all-black plan.

"This moment in time calls for us to use the power of our collective voices to find solutions that leave no woman behind."

Williams, who is nominated for her performance in "All the Money in the World," will attend the show with Tarana Burke, a gender and racial justice advocate and senior director at Girls for Gender Equity. Burke is also the founder of the "#MeToo." movement and co-founder of youth organization Just Be Inc.

Watson's guest will be Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, a black feminist network organization based in the United Kingdom. Sarandon, nominated for "Feud: Bette and Joan" will attend the show with Rosa Clemente, an organizer, political commentator and independent journalist.

Streep, nominated for her performance in "The Post," plans to attend the show with Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign. Dern, nominated for "Big Little Lies" will attend with Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. 

Woodley's guest, Calina Lawrence, is an enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe and an advocate for Native Treaty Rights, the "Mni Wiconi" (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the #NoLNG253 movement led by the Puyallup Tribe.

Poehler will attend with Saru Jayaraman, the president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United and ROC Action and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley. And Stone, who is nominated for "Battle of the Sexes" will attend with Billie Jean King, whom she portrayed in the film. King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis, among other organizations. 

"As longtime organizers, activists and advocates for racial and gender justice, it gives us enormous pride to stand with the members of the Time's Up campaign who have stood up and spoken out in this groundbreaking historical moment," the statement read.

"We want to encourage all women -- from those who live in the shadows to those who live in the limelight, from all walks of life, and across generations -- to continue to step forward and know that they will be supported when they do."

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