Watch more outstanding work from some of the big Globes winners at SBS On Demand.
By
Stephen A Russell

11 Jan 2018 - 4:32 PM  UPDATED 11 Jan 2018 - 4:32 PM

Oprah Winfrey made history at the 75th Golden Globe awards. The first African-American woman to be honoured with the lifetime achievement Cecil B DeMille Award, she gave an empowering speech drawing a direct line from civil rights champions Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor to the #metoo movement.

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It was a night of protest, with many of the women attending chose to wear black in solidarity with those who have spoken out against sexual harassment and assault. There were plenty of scathing asides, too, from Seth Meyers' opening monologue to presenter Natalie Portman’s brutally deadpan comment on all-male director nominations. 

If the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) commendations left you buzzing, we’ve pulled together a collection of movies and TV series over at SBS On Demand so you can further explore the careers of the big winners.

 

‘This Must Be the Place’

M
Ireland, USA, 2010
Genre:
Drama
Language:
English
Director:
Paolo Sorrentino
Starring:
Frances McDormand, Sean Penn, Eve Hewson
What’s it about?
Frances McDormand solidified her tilt towards Oscars glory with her potty-mouthed lead in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Taking home Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the Globes boosted the film’s impressive haul, which included Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Sam Rockwell. In Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language film, This Must Be the PlaceMcDormand plays the pragmatic wife to Sean Penn’s loopy rock star, Cheyene, and these two titans make for a rewarding pairing.

 

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre:
Drama
Language:
English
Director:
various
Starring:
Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley
What’s it about?
A chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel that feels a little too uncomfortably close to the bone in the age of Trump, The Handmaid’s Tale took home Best Television Series – Drama as well as a win for star Elisabeth Moss’s magnificent central turn as the rebellious Offred, pushing back against her sexual slavery. Available at SBS On Demand to stream in its entirety, the series is a banner of strength and hope carried for the #metoo movement.

 

‘Brooklyn’

M
Ireland, USA, 2015
Genre:
Drama, romance
Language:
English
Director:
John Crowley
Starring:
Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson
What’s it about?
While Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig was denied a Best Director nom, much to Portman’s disdain, her luminous star Ronan took home Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her brilliant depiction of a defiant teen dreaming of a new life. The film also took home the top honour in the musical/comedy category. Similar themes play out in a very different way in Brooklyn, an immigrant’s tale spanning a life left behind in 1950s Ireland and new beginnings in America.

 

‘Palo Alto’

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre:
Drama
Language:
English
Director:
Gia Coppola
Starring:
James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Emma Roberts
What’s it about?

James Franco both directs and stars in The Disaster Artist as Tommy Wiseau, the infamous "auteur" behind arguably the world’s worst film, The Room. The HFPA recognised his kooky central turn with a win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. He’s in front of the camera in Gia Coppola’s dreamy debut feature, Palo Alto, which takes a deeper than you might expect look at the rich and listless lives her aunt, Sofia, is so fond of, and is adapted from Franco’s short story collection. 

 

‘Rabbit Hole’

M
USA, 2010
Genre:
Drama
Language:
English
Director:
John Cameron Mitchell
Starring:
Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller
What’s it about?
Nicole Kidman is enjoying yet another purple patch in a career full of them. She was rightly lauded for her turn as an abused wife in Big Little Lies, awarded Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, while the show also scooped the top gong in its category as did co-star Alexander Skarsgård in his. Rabbit Hole also features a traumatic family tale, with Kidman and Eckhart as bereaved parents trying to reassemble their lives after the tragic death of their son. 

 

‘Melancholia’

M
USA, 2011
Genre:
Drama
Language:
English
Director:
Lars von Trier
Starring:
Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt
What’s it about?
If you want a bit more of Kidman’s co-star Skarsgård, he’s also grand in von Trier’s slow-burn end-of-the-world family drama, Melancholia. He plays Michael, the newly married spouse of Dunst’s Justine, whose big day’s about to be ruined in a pretty major way. With the Earth’s destruction threatened by the approach of an enormous blue planet, Justine also slumps into a deep depression as everything begins to fall apart.

 

‘Jane Got a Gun’

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre:
Western
Language:
English
Director:
Gavin O’Connor
Starring:
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton
What’s it about?
Scottish star McGregor was heralded by the HFPA for his starring turns in season three of Fargo. Yes, turns, as he played both Emmit and Ray Stussy, twins at loggerheads in the icy town where all sorts of odd stuff goes on. Though the series has sadly passed on from On Demand, we recommend you get your wilderness McGregor fix from Jane Got a Gun, a Western with a difference, also starring meme-tastic Portman and hometown hero Edgerton. 

 

‘Everything Must Go’

M
USA, 2010
Genre:
Comedy
Language:
English
Director:
Dan Rush
Starring:
Will Ferrell, Laura Dern, Rebecca Hall
What’s it about?
Dern has also been enjoying an even more stellar run than usual. Her Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Big Little Lies could just as easily have gone to her in Twin Peaks. If her purple-haired cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a mite too short, nevertheless it certainly made an impact. The same goes for her appearance in this Ferrell-driven indie comedy about a loser’s attempt to regain control of his life, based on a short story by Raymond Carver.