Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley accept the Golden Glove for Best Television Series

A big question mark loomed over the Golden Globes today: How would Hollywood celebrate an industry in turmoil? The night began with first-time, late-night show host Seth Meyers opening the ceremony with a firm “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen”. His speech attracted laughter and applause for his perfect balance of humour in outing the Weinsteins and the Spaceys and his respect for their victims. In a room where the elephant couldn’t be avoided Meyers did a tremendous job at acknowledging the celebration of incredible cinema while addressing the poignant conversation on the social agenda: abuse.

This sentiment was echoed in many acceptance speeches. Here’s four of the most powerful speeches by women and how we felt while watching them.

Lovesick, as Nicole Kidman wins Best Actress in a Limited Series for her role in Big Little Lies, and sends a love message to husband Keith Urban

Proud, as Allison Janney labels 26-year-old Australian actress Margot Robbie a “quadruple threat” while accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role in I, Tonya

Triumphant, as Oprah Winfrey accepts the lifetime achievement award

Hopeful, as Laura Dern accepts Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in Big Little Lies