On the first day of 2018, Hollywood’s leading ladies unveiled Time’s Up, an initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in the industry and beyond — signalling a call to arms. In solidarity with the movement, women were requested to speak out and raise awareness by wearing black on Sunday, 7 January. And the grand venue of choice? The red carpet of the Golden Globes 2018.

The awards ceremony became an important milestone for more than just its cinematic credence. Attendees flocked in all-black, the industry came together, and the limelight shifted from glamour to issues of inequality. For a change, the Golden Globes 2018 highlighted the importance of female narratives. Its five big winners were all focused on female protagonists — The Handmaid’s Tale and Lady Bird among them — which was a rare occurrence.

Then there was Oprah. Awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, the media mogul made an empowering, rousing acceptance speech on “women [who] have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men” and how “their time is up.”

As silent as the black gowns and dresses that rustled into a standing ovation for Oprah’s speech might seem in comparison, they were the start of something significant. The LBD had never been more symbolic, and its aim on keeping the focus on the woman inside it, had never rung clearer.

Here, click through to see how the A-listers put their best foot forward for the Golden Globes 2018 blackout.

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Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs.

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Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vacarello.

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Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton, and Billie Jean King.

4

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein.

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Gal Gadot in Tom Ford.

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Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell.

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Kerry Washington in Prabal Gurung.

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Dakota Johnson in Gucci.

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Salma Hayek in Ralph & Russo Couture.

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Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli.

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Helen Mirren in Zuhair Murad.