01/12/2015 11:34 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2015

Golden Globe Speeches Highlight Trans Issues, AIDS Epidemic, Civil Rights

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In a surprising twist, the Golden Globes acceptance speeches weren’t always about winners reciting a litany of agents, managers, and enablers. Instead, the night felt in many ways to be a moving celebration of telling stories that matter, with social justice issues taking center stage in many speeches on Sunday evening.

It put an exclamation point on the idea that stories about race, culture, and identity need to be told and honored in Hollywood. And, watching from home, it felt like a cultural shift was happening, as winner after winner used their time to talk openly about social discrepancies and miscarriages of justice, both past and present.

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