The big film victor of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which took home four awards. It's competing in three categories: Best Ensemble (the SAGs' Best Picture equivalent), Best Female Actor in a Lead Role (McDormand) and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Rockwell and Woody Harrelson).
The film is about a mother who, when the police in her town fail to find a suspect in her daughter's murder, purchases three billboards to call public attention to the unsolved crime.
Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern both took home the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie, respectively.
On the small screen, A Handmaid's Tale was top pick for "Best Drama Series". She then spoke about how important this year's Golden Globes will be to so many, from young black girls seeing a black woman win a lifetime achievement award, to survivors of sexual assault and harassment seeing so many people stand in solidarity with them.
Kidman praised her mother, a supporter of women's rights, in an emotional speech.
UNTIL the end of the Golden Globes, change looked possible. But it wasn't the only big victor to focus on steely female protagonists on the night. The spectre of movie industry harassment loomed large over proceedings, whether it was in the stars wearing black on the red carpet or the spiky remarks in talk show host Seth Meyers's opening monologue. "Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn't".
It was Oprah whose speech had the biggest reaction, with stars applauding and rising to their feet.
But it could be argued the night belonged to Oprah Winfrey, who was the receipient of the Cecil B. De Mille award. "Their time is up!"
With McDormand at her Fargo-esque best and scenes that will stay with you for weeks, it's easy to see why Three Billboards took home the prestigious audience award at September's Toronto International Film Festival. "May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new North Star".
No argument here with McDormand's Best Actress win at the Golden Globes. The television side of things offered more surprises, but still, we've compiled a short list of the snubs that made even us hardened awards cynics raise an eyebrow.
For a musical or comedy film however, Lady Bird accepted the award for best film, while actress Saoirse Ronan won the award for best actress for her role in the film. Guillermo del Toro won that category for The Shape of Water.
Also nominated for supporting actor are Willem Dafoe for "The Florida Project", Armie Hammer for "Call Me By Your Name", Richard Jenkins for "The Shape of Water" and Sam Rockwell for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".