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Draped in black, Golden Globes will try on a new look

Seth Meyers, host of the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards poses for photos on January 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Seth Meyers, host of the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards poses for photos on January 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
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The Golden Globes have always been the less serious stop en route to the Academy Awards — the boozy, bubbly awards show put on by a little-known group with sometimes confounding taste. But this year, a funny thing has happened: The Golden Globes mean something.

The 75th Golden Globes, which air Sunday night on NBC starting at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, will be the most prominent and public display yet for the "MeToo" movement. In 2018, what has long been a star-studded primetime party may take on the tenor of a protest rally.

Out of solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and assault, many women have said they will wear black for the Globes. It's a plan that, on the red carpet and on the stage, will ensure the spotlight remains on the film industry's endemic gender imbalances.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Sharon Stone, Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Bell attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announcement on December 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Sharon Stone, Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Bell attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announcement on December 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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"That will be really powerful," Allison Janney, a supporting actress nominee for the Tonya Harding tale "I, Tonya," said earlier this week. "I will be in a black dress and be proud to be standing there with the other actresses."

This year's recipient recipient of the lifetime achievement award is Oprah Winfrey, who called the fallout from the allegations against Harvey Weinstein "a watershed moment" for women.

Time's Up — whose members include many Globes attendees, including Reese Witherspoon, Gal Gadot and Emma Stone — unveiled itself Monday with full-page newspaper ads. A USC study released this week found that, "Diversity in the director's chair is virtually nonexistent and gender in the executive ranks of major companies remains grossly imbalanced.

Preparations are underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards which will take place January 7, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Preparations are underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards which will take place January 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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That lack of change will be on display Sunday, too, where five men will compete for best director despite several potential nominees in Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird"), Dee Rees ("Mudbound") and Patty Jenkins ("Wonder Woman").

The Globes are starting to see some of the same criticisms on their lack diversity in other areas as well. The awards show ignored one of this year's oversight of one of 2017's most acclaimed comedies, the interracial rom-com "The Big Sick." Also snubbed was "Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish. Then there's the choice to slot in Jordan Peele's "Get Out" as a comedy, for the film and star Daniel Kaluuya.

More than ever, the Globes seem to be worth arguing about. 

All of the turmoil could make Seth Meyers' hosting gig a little trickier. Meyers will follow his late-night partner, Jimmy Fallon, whose Globes broadcast last year was watched by 20 million viewers on NBC, an eight percent increase.

Preparations are underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California for the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards.  / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Preparations are underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California for the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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"We don't want this night to be a session where we're just scolding everything that happened," Meyers said. "A lot of people, we're realizing, worked really hard in environments that were not that conducive to working really hard. So the goal is to have people have a wonderful night and an enjoyable party in a year which everyone deserves it."

But this year, many in Hollywood are wondering if they deserve something more than a party.

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AP Entertainment Writers Ryan Pearson and Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.