The 2018 Oscars were a night of positivity. From the Time’s Up movement to Jimmy Kimmel’s punchy opening monologue, the 90th annual Academy Awards shaped up to be an evening like no other from the get-go. One of the most notable moments happened straightaway when Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino walked the red carpet together. The actresses, who were each other’s dates for the night, openly discussed their experiences with sexual harassment. The pair were also joined by their #MeToo sister Salma Hayek, who candidly spoke about the powerful crusade and her daughter's involvement. Later in the evening, Ashley and Salma took to the stage together to present a special video on #MeToo. The ladies were "so full of emotion" and "a little bit shakey" as Salma said.
VIEW GALLERY Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino stood strong on the Oscars carpet Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage
“I want people to know that this movement isn’t stopping,” Mira said during the ABC pre-show. “We’re going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women. Right now, I’ve been very actively supporting legislation in California through a group called equal rights advocates. There’s a hashtag #TakeTheLead and you can sign their petition.” She added: “We want to take our activism and our power into action and change things for every woman everywhere working in any workplace.” The gorgeous pair are big supporters of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, with both having accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. The ladies joined their fellow Time's Up sisters by rocking colorful ensembles to the ceremony, the culmination of the sea of black gowns seen at previous awards shows this season.
While discussing the topic with ABC, Ashley said: “I started telling the story about what happened to me when Harvey Weinstein sexual harassed me in 1997 the moment that it happened because I was very fortunate that my dad was with me on that day. And when I emerged from the hotel room he said that he could tell on the look on my face that something devastating had happened. And what’s so spectacular about this moment is that finally the world is able to hear.”
VIEW GALLERY Ashley Judd popped in purple on the red carpet Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
She continued: “Because I believe we women, one, our voices have been squelched. And then, number two, those of us that have come forward we’ve often been disbelieved, minimized, shamed and so much of the movement is about externalizing that shame and putting it back where it belongs which is with the perpetrator and us being the phoenixes who can light the way, as Mira said, not only within Hollywood, but for safe and equitable spaces across all spaces and all sectors.”
As the glimmering show began, Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to the Time's Up movement in the first few minutes. He called the reckoning "long overdue" and added that "things are changing for the better." The host also found a way to make light of the topic, tying a joke about the nominated film The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro into his opening monologue. He joked, “I'm very happy for Guillermo. And thanks to Guillermo we will always remember this year as the year man screwed up so badly, women started dating fish."