And when the final award for Best Picture was announced, The Shape of Water director Guillermo Del Toro had an announcement for those standing in the way of progress.
For the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards, held in Santa Monica and hosted by Olivia Munn, many attendees wore the Time's Up pins debuted at the Golden Globes, supporting the initiative started by 300 women in entertainment to fight against abuse and harassment in the workplace.
We hope to see the black gown trend continue through awards season, as it brings awareness to such an important cause. And let me tell you one thing: "If you don't do that, you don't know what you're missing!"
After his win, several women alluded to Franco's alleged history of misconduct on Twitter. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" was named best comedy series, and star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy.
The biggest shift is that now accusers are being believed, she said. "The biggest comedy was a female ensemble, 'Girls Trip, ' and the biggest independent movie was written and directed by Greta Gerwig".
Gary Oldman, Tom Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal are all in the running for best actor gong, while, Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie and Jessica Chastain will battle it out for best actress.
Call Me by Your Name and Get Out claimed film screenplay honours, the latter winning best sci-fi/horror film as well.
James Franco won a best actor award at the Critics' Choice Awards for his role in The Disaster Artist, but the embattled actor was a no-show at the ceremony Thursday. "Coco" won animated feature and original song for "Remember Me".
The duo then turned their attention to last weekend's Golden Globes, which saw the male winners criticized for not speaking out about the Time's Up anti-harassment campaign, unlike numerous females on the podium.