"This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan said he thought the #WhyWeWearBlack movement at the Golden Globes was "incredible", and hopes to see more statements like it in the future. But it still featured plenty of drama.
The fantasy thriller was named Best Picture, while Guillermo del Toro picked up the prize for Best Director.
"Let me tell you one thing, if you don't do that, you don't know what you're missing", he said.
The award ceremony was hosted by Olivia Munn and co-run by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.
But Thursday's carpet featured Hollywood's finest - Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Chastain among them - bringing light and bright back. The BBC is reporting that when the Disaster Artist star wore a Time's Up pin to the Globes - in support of the initiative aimed at combating sexual harassment in Hollywood - it prompted actresses Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley to take to Twitter and make their claims.
Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" won the best comedy and best actress for Rachel Brosnahan. Gadot said, "My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced and we will continue to band together to make strides uniting for equality".
Franco won the award at the end of an hourlong pre-telecast before the live show began.
Since that time five women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the 39-year-old actor.
The former Daily Show correspondent didn't bring a biting social or political edge in a hosting performance that missed more than it hit.
During a segment with actress Niecy Nash that honored "all the good guys in Hollywood", Munn took a jab at Wahlberg over his reported pay for reshoots related to "All the Money in the World". Recent reports suggest that while Wahlberg earned an estimated £1.1 million for the extra 10 days' work, Williams only earned £740.
"Naming names and calling out people - it's not an easy thing to do, and it's not something people can do flippantly, so I think the real hard part during this time is definitely not hosting an awards show". Their sources say that the 39-year-old is now in a bad place after enduring several recent grueling talk show appearances.
Showing her wisdom, the young actress finished her speech with a plea for people to step up and help all the "Moonees" out there.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to all the Halleys and Moonees out there", she said. "But I wanted to thank the critics for the success of our show".
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