Mary J. Blige and Allison Janney might be competing against each other for Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, but the pair seems to have already put the competition aside in favor of more important matters: They’re two of just several major actresses who’ve already pledged to wear black to the Globes to raise awareness of the new anti-harassment initiative Time’s Up, which 300 women, including Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, and Shonda Rhimes, all expressed their support for on the first day of the new year.
Following the Harvey Weinstein exposé late last year, which finally opened the floodgates for discussing the rampant sexism and sexual abuse that exist in Hollywood, their move to organize seems only natural. What makes Time’s Up so unique, though, is that its supporters plan not to just take action in their own industry, but across plenty of other fields, too—to the point that its four main initiatives sound semi-quixotic, like “a legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women—like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels—protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.”
Actions like those will undeniably take time, but many are already getting moving on their fourth, much simpler and more immediate request, which was in fact first announced last month: “That women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.”
Gal Gadot, who dominated 2017 with Wonder Woman, and Saoirse Ronan, who’s up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy for her role in Lady Bird, are just some of those who, along with Blige and Janney, confirmed that they’ll be wearing black on Sunday. “I’m bringing one of my best friends with me and she’ll be wearing black also,” Ronan said at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards this week. “The relationships between women are so strong when you have them and it’s about time that we get to experience that in our industry, too, you know?”
“There’s so many women that don’t get a chance to speak in other industries that are not the film industry, the music industry. It’s important for us to stand up for them so they can get a chance to speak,” Blige added. “I am one of those women, so, you know, I don’t want to go into detail about that and I haven’t, but I am, and I stand with those women. I champion them.”
Gadot wore a bright yellow gown to accept the festival’s Rising Star Award—one she’ll definitely be switching out for Sunday. And while Janney hasn’t decided exactly what she’s wearing yet, one thing’s for certain: “I will be in a black dress,” she confirmed. And, perhaps more importantly, “proud to be standing there with the other actresses.”
The 45 Best Golden Globes Dresses of All Time
Julia Roberts wears a grey suit and tie to attend the 1990 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills, California.
Winona Ryder wears a plunging black dress as she attends the 1991 Golden Globe Awards with Johnny Depp in Beverly Hills, California..
Michelle Pfeiffer wears a black halter neck dress as she attends the 1992 Golden Globe Awards with Fisher Stevens in Beverly Hills, California.
Helen Hunt wears a lace gown to the 1994 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills, California.
Sharon Stone wears a silk dress to the 1995 Golden Globe Awards help in Beverly Hills, California.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt attend the Golden Globe Awards, 1996.
Angelina Jolie arrives at the 1999 Golden Globe Awards.
Cameron Diaz arrives at the 1999 Golden Globe Awards.
Calista Flockhart during 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2000.
Halle Berry arrives at the 2000 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills, California.
Sarah Jessica Parker at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, 2001.
Kate Hudson arrives for the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, 2002.
A year later, and stunning as ever, Kate Hudson arrives at The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2003.
Uma Thurman at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards.
Charlize Theron attending the 2004 Golden Globe Awards.
Sarah Jessica Parker attends the 2004 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills, California.
Cate Blanchett in Jean Paul Gaultier attends the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera attends the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
Scarlett Johansson attends the 2006 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
Reese Witherspoon in Nina Ricci attends the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
Sienna Miller in Marchesa attends the Golden Globe Awards.
Eva Mendes in Dior with vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace attends the Golden Globe Awards
Megan Fox arrives at The Golden Globe Awards, 2009, wearing Ralph Lauren.
Actress Cameron Diaz in Alexander McQueen at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
Nicole Kidman wearing Nina Ricci on the red carpet at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
Mila Kunis in Vera Wang attends the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.
Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive attends the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein Collection attends the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.
Natalie Portman, at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards, wearing Viktor & Rolf.
Angelina Jolie wearing Versace at the 2012 Golden Globe awards.
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