"As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist in the ballot box and practise love and empathy in our everyday lives."

The 76th annual Golden Globes ceremony was held last night in the Beverly Hilton, California – and despite 2018 being the year that stole headlines for the dark undercurrent of metaphor, this year's Globes featured highly in talk of gender equality and systemic abuse. 

Celebrities, including hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, donned black-and-white bracelets and ribbons that read #TimesUpx2 that were designed by Arianne Phillips, who created last year’s Time’s Up pins.

“What a difference a year makes,” Phillips posted on Instagram on Saturday, along with a photo of the accessories.

Last year's show featured a red carpet black-out in a bid to raise awareness for the Time's Up and #MeToo campaigns. All the stars arrived draped in black in an effort to sway international news in their favour.

This, of course, was a direct result of the news that conquered headlines early last year; that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein had been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. On the back of this news, several other celebrities and influential members of the showbiz industry – not to mention, members of Congress – were called out for inappropriate behaviour, igniting the flames of the Time's Up movement in Hollywood and further afield. 

This year, while colour returned to attendees' clothing, the strive for gender equality was still very much alive.

Host and Best Actress nominee Sandra Oh opened the awards with a few lighthearted jokes about race and gender equality but also spoke seriously about diversity, echoing the more consequential tone of last year's Globes.

"I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change," she said.

"And I'm not fooling myself, I'm not fooling myself. Next year could be different; it probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else."

Next up, Lady Gaga won for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture, and had something to say to the three men sharing the stage with her. 

"As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and a songwriter," she said, blinking back tears. "These three incredible men . . . they lifted me up, they supported me."

Regina King, who won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in the film If Beale Street Could Talk, delivered an impassioned speech, vowing to employ more women on her projects and encouraging others in power to do the same.

King also touched upon how celebrities are using their voices to speak on social issues.

“The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we are speaking for everyone,” she said.

“And I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce, I’m making a vow — it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50% women.”

“And I just challenge anyone out there — anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries — I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same,” she concluded.

The music interrupted King as she spoke but then – for potentially the first time in Globes history – it was cut off to allow the actress to finish her fervent display. 

Elsewhere on the carpet, Laura Dern’s daughter Jaya, 14, said: “I want my generation to not have to say #MeToo.”

In a statement released last week, Time’s Up, which aims to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace, said it had been contacted for help by more than 3,800 men and women in the last year.

For its second year to feature in the Golden Globes, the organisation is calling for the number of women in leadership roles throughout all industries to be doubled.

“We created the fund because all people deserve to be safe at work, but safety alone is far from our end goal,” the statement read.

“It’s the bare minimum. Sexual harassment stems from an imbalance of power. Issues of workplace safety for women, and especially for women of colour, are but a symptom of the power imbalance that plagues nearly every sector.

"We won’t stop fighting until there is gender balance in leadership and all women have the opportunity to reach their full potential at work.”

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