The night served as Hollywood's fullest response yet to the sexual harassment scandals that have roiled the film industry and laid bare its gender inequalities. Unfortunately, he disappeared for most of the rest of the show.
Oprah Winfrey summed up the mood, saying "a new day is on the horizon" as she collected an honorary award.
Before the show began, the red carpet was a sea of black.
"For instance, I can not throw a baseball for shite, but I managed to throw a Molotov cocktail from one building to another across a two lane street", she said.
After reading a quote from Atwood, she told the audience: "We no longer live in the gaps... we are the story in print and we are writing the story ourselves". "Recy Taylor died 10 days ago. Their time is up!"
"Many of you know I keep my politics private, but it was really great to be in this room tonight", she said.
The actress then joked that while she's thankful for the HFPA, she is unsure on who they truly are. The applause was thunderous.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", filmed in and around Sylva, N.C., grabbed its first award in the first half hour of the program, with Sam Rockwell winning Best Performance in a Supporting Role for playing the maddeningly complex Deputy Dixon. The top TV victor, "Big Little Lies", also won four awards.
The Amazon series from the creators of Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel also finished strong, taking home awards for best television series - musical or comedy, while awarding Rachel Brosnahan as best actress.
For comedy/musical films, the top prize went to "Lady Bird", the story of an adventurous high school senior seeking excitement beyond her mundane life in Sacramento.
Fatih Akin, director/producer, "In the Fade" accepts the award for Best Motion Picture Foreign Language with actress Diane Kruger at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 7, 2018.
Oddly, Gerwig was not up for Best Director.
But it wasn't just sexual harassment that women spoke out against last night: The wage gap between male and female actors, as well as the lack of women in powerful positions in Hollywood, were also remarked upon.
But McDonagh did win Best Screenplay, as mentioned above. News said he "made lemonade out of lemons".
Hollywood was decked out in all black at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night.