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2020 Golden Globes

The 2020 Golden Globes will have a strong #MeToo presence — but not in the way you think

The #MeToo movement will be under a new kind of spotlight at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.

Monday's Golden Globe nominations include Bombshell, The Morning Show, and The Loudest Voice, all of which touch on sexual harassment as illuminated by the #MeToo movement.

It's been more than two years since the Time's Up and #MeToo movements sent shockwaves through Hollywood. And in true headline-pulling Hollywood fashion, stories centering around the movements were adapted for both the big and small screens.

Both the movie Bombshell and the mini-series The Loudest Voice are about the real-life ex-Fox News executive, Roger Ailes. The former media bigwig was accused of sexual harassment by multiple female employees. His most prominent accusers were Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, who Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron portrayed in Bombshell. Margot Robbie, who plays a fictional character, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, and Theron was nominated for Best Actress. In The Loudest Voice, Russell Crowe nabbed a Limited Series acting nomination for his depiction of Ailes.

Apple TV+'s first original series, The Morning Show, is about a fictional morning show resembling The Today Show and its Matt Lauer scandal. It too snagged some major Golden Globe nominations for both of its lead actresses, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

While #MeToo previously left its mark on the awards show via impassioned acceptance speeches and dress code protests, it looks like this year will reach a whole new, slightly meta level, with celebrities applauding and awarding projects focused on the very movements that have taken hold in their industries. However, there is irony in the fact that the nominations were far from a major win for women: not one woman was nominated in the best director category.