Within hours of the Golden Globes nominees being announced, there is the inevitable talk about who’s been overlooked. Snubbed, as they say.
But there are two actresses – and likely many more – who have been denied their shot at a victory speech more than 20 years in a row.
And not because their performances were underappreciated, but because they were allegedly denied the chance to give them in the first place.
Harvey Weinstein’s famous accusers, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.
The end of 2017 saw the career and reputation of powerhouse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein spectacularly crumble beneath the weight of more than 100 allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and rape.
According to a stunning exposé in The New York Times detailing the harassment claims, the now 65-year-old displayed a variety of disturbing, inappropriate behaviour to women in his employ, including “appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself.”
Trapped, intimidated, many reported feeling powerless to speak up, both at the time and years later.
As the collective of famous Hollywood women behind Time’s Up, an initiative launched this week in an effort to curb workplace sexual harassment, wrote, “We [still] harbour fear that no one will believe us, that we will look weak or that we will be dismissed; and we are terrified that we will be fired or never hired again in retaliation.”