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Three Billboards the film of the moment – but Gerwig and Get Out deserved more

Martin McDonagh’s drama is a timely winner at the Golden Globes, but the best director snub for Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig still stings

The big question of this year’s Golden Globes was how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would reflect the issue currently dominating Hollywood: the #MeToo movement. Things hadn’t got off to the greatest start – already before the gongs had been handed out , it had been criticised for failing to include a woman in the best director nomination list.

The event itself though immediately acknowledged the elephant in the living room, and put it centre stage in Seth Meyers’ opening monologue; he conceded the irony of having a man present the show, although pointed out, with some justification, that potential women presenters might be reluctant to associate themselves with the prize-giving establishment just at this moment. And the Globes ended with a rousing speech from Oprah Winfrey, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement: a performance which triggered euphoric #Oprah2020 hashtags. She certainly looked like she would turn and make mincemeat of Donald Trump if he tried his sneaking-up-behind routine while she was speaking. The evening was a sea of respectful black, although the assembled throng might well contain quite a few nervy men silently wondering if they really have got away with it, as my colleague Marina Hyde has pointed out.

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