The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and stars used the Golden Globe Awards to pay tribute to the 12 victims killed in the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week.
During the awards show, HFPA president Theo Kingma told attendees his organization understands the importance of artistic expression.
“As it’s not only an integral part of the American fabric, but a beacon that is reflected across the globe,” Kingma said. “Together, we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere, from North Korea to Paris.”
Kingma’s rousing speech received a standing ovation and cheers.
On the red carpet, Kathy Bates displayed a graphic that read, “Je Suis Charlie” on her iPhone. This year, she’s nominated for best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or television movie for “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
Actress Diane Kruger (“Inglorious Basterds,” “Troy”) held an “I Am Charlie” sign as she posed on the red carpet.
Meanwhile, English icon Dame Helen Mirren showed solidarity with the victims of the recent terrorist attacks by wearing a pen on her lapel, which was said to symbolize free speech.
During an interview with NBC, actress Sunrise Coigney raised a black pen. She was joined by husband, Mark Ruffalo, a double-nominee for his work in “Foxcatcher” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart.”
French composer Alexandre Desplat clutched a “Je Suis Charlie” sign on the red carpet. He’s nominated for best original score in a motion picture for “The Imitation Game.”