Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Michelle Williams and other actresses arriving on the red carpet explained that the awards-show "blackout" is created to show solidarity around the new Time's Up initiative, which in turn aims to call for legislative and other solutions to end widespread sexual misconduct and inequality in Hollywood and in other American workplaces.
The Post star also looked glamorous in an off-shoulder black gown with plunging neckline, while Ai-jen brought some subtle sparkle.
But the buzzword of the night - take a shot every time you hear it! - is solidarity, and Stone's guest of honor is part of a coalition of women within Time's Up who made a decision to bring activists as their dates for this year's awards.
The ceremony comes amidst a wave of change in Hollywood following on from October's revelations against Harvey Weinstein, and now Wood is among many who are attempting to find new ways top help women speak out.
"F$3 rom the casting room to the kitchen, all women deserve dignity and safety where they work", she said in a statement of her own. And Stone, who is nominated for "Battle of the Sexes" will attend with Billie Jean King, whom she portrayed in the film. Poehler is with Sary Jayaraman, who advocates for restaurant workers; Dern is taking Mónica Ramírez, a Latina empowerment activism who focuses on sexual violence against farmworkers.
Time's Up organizers Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler and Michelle Williams, who attended with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, all wore black on the carpet.
Watson's guest was Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a black-feminist network organization. If that movie sounds familiar, it's probably because you read about director Ridley Scott replacing supporting cast member Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer after Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually propositioning him when he was 14 years old (Spacey was 26). "It's something that led to abuse", she said on the red carpet.
"Every generation has to fight for equality and keep trying to fight for freedom forever so it's now Emma's turn to do that and her generation". "So it's now Emma's turn to do that".
The Time's Up sexual harassment prevention initiative launched January 1 by Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone and other prominent Hollywood women includes, among other things, a legal defense fund for victims, legislative initiatives and a request that women wear black to the Golden Globes.