‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ among the female-focused stories that swept the Globes

LOS ANGELES — A lady bird, a marvelous Mrs., a heroic handmaid, a Missouri mom, and a group of women caught up in some big little lies all took home awards at a Golden Globes ceremony that highlighted and was ruled by strong female characters.

Fitting, of course.

On the heels of #MeToo and amidst calls for declaring Time’s Up on a culture of silence, the Hollywood Foreign Press awarded major honors to TV shows and films about the female experience — and not just in categories meant to honor female performers.

Film

“Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age story by first-time director Greta Gerwig, took home the award for best motion picture — musical or comedy.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, who also won an award for best actress in a musical or comedy, the story is about a independent-minded young woman eager to spread her wings beyond the borders of her hometown of Sacramento, California. The intimate story also highlights the complex nature of mother-daughter relationships.

“I think that it’s inevitable that those stories won’t get told if you don’t have female creators,” Gerwig told CNN earlier this year of her film. “But I do think that it’s important to tell these stories because on a very basic level, as Virginia Woolf said, ‘Men don’t know what women do when they’re not there.’ So we need to tell the stories of what we’re doing when they’re not there. Otherwise, they will go completely undocumented.”

Gerwig was notably shut out of the best director category when nominations were first announced back in December, a fact that presenter Natalie Portman didn’t let slide when she presented the award on Sunday.

“And here are the all-male nominees,” she said, before they were named.

The night’s top honor — best drama — went to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a story about a mother’s tireless effort to see someone brought to justice for the rape and murder of her daughter. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won individual honors for the film as well.

Television

The 2017 Emmy Awards gave major honors to “The Handmaid’s Tale” — the first streaming service series to receive the best drama Emmy — and “Big Little Lies” back in September and both shows saw repeat success at the Globes.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about a woman (Elisabeth Moss) who rebels against the ideals of an oppressive regime. The series won best drama series and Moss won the best actress in a drama series award.

“Big Little Lies” stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz as mothers in Monterey, California whose lives aren’t as simple as they appear to the outside world.

“Big Little Lies” won an award for best limited series. Kidman, Dern and Alexander Skarsgard also won individual honors.

Amazon’s “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was considered by some a surprise winner of the night.

It was quietly released back in November but the show, from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, enjoyed modest buzz and reviews.

The period dramedy is about a housewife who takes up stand-up comedy in the aftermath of a major upheaval in her personal life.

Star Rachel Brosnahan also won the best actress in a comedy award.

“This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman and I’m endlessly proud to be a part of it,” Brosnahan said. “But 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.”

The full list of winners: 

Winners are indicated by an asterisk and the word WINNER.

Movies

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Call Me by Your Name”

“Dunkirk”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“The Disaster Artist”

“Get Out”

“The Greatest Showman”

“I, Tonya”

“Lady Bird” *WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Tom Hanks, “The Post”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” *WINNER

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” *WINNER

Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” *WINNER

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”

Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”

Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist” *WINNER

Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“The Shape of Water” *WINNER

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“Dunkirk”

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture

“Home,” “Ferdinand”

“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”

“Remember Me,” “Coco”

“The Star,” “The Star”

“This Is Me,” “The Greatest Showman” *WINNER

Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture

“The Shape of Water”

“Lady Bird”

“The Post”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

“Molly’s Game”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

“A Fantastic Woman”

“First They Killed My Father”

“In the Fade” *WINNER

“Loveless”

“The Square”

Best Animated Film

“The Boss Baby”

“The Breadwinner”

“Ferdinand”

“Coco” *WINNER

“Loving Vincent”

TV

Best TV series – Drama

“The Crown”

“Game of Thrones”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” *WINNER

“Stranger Things”

“This Is Us”

Best performance by Actress in a TV series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”

Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” *WINNER

Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama

Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us” *WINNER

Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Best TV series – Musical or Comedy

“Black-ish”

“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” *WINNER

“Master of None”

“SMILF”

“Will & Grace”

Best performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Aziz Ansari “Master of None” *WINNER

Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”

Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Alison Brie, “Glow”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” *WINNER

Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

“Big Little Lies” *WINNER

“Fargo”

“Feud: Bette and Joan”

“The Sinner”

“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”

Jude Law, “The Young Pope”

Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”

Ewan McGregor, “Fargo” *WINNER

Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alfred Molina, “Feud”

Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

David Thewlis, “Fargo”

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”

Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”

Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”