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The 2015 Golden Globes was a night of jokes, acceptance speeches and boozy celebrities, as the biggest and brightest in Hollywood came to together to celebrate the best of what the industry has to offer.

But in between all the laughter and backslapping there were also moments of reflection, as many of those present chose to show their support for the victims of the recent terror attacks in Paris by sporting "Je suis Charlie" pins and signs.

Kathy Bates showed her support
Kathy Bates showed her support

Twelve people were brutally and shamefully murdered by terrorists at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last week, before the gunmen went on the run taking yet more innocent lives. Since then millions have taken to the streets around the world to express their support for the lives lost and show defiance to those who think they can take away our right to free speech through violence and hate.

And last night it was Hollywood's turn to put aside their differences, stand as one and say, "We are not afraid."

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

Other stars who paid tribute to the fallen included Dianne Kruger and Joshua Jackson:

And Patricia Arquette:

While Jared Leto used his speech to send an emotional message to the people of France telling them that he stands behind them:

To our brothers, sisters, friends, and family in France, our thoughts, our prayers, our hearts are with you tonight.
On vous aime. Je suis Charlie (We love you. I am Charlie)

However, perhaps the most heartfelt - and defiant message - came at the end of the night from George Clooney. He was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and used his speech as an opportunity to talk about those who had marched on the streets around the world:

They were Christians and Jews and Muslims. They were leaders of countries all over the world. And they didn't march in protest. They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won't do it. So, je suis Charlie.

Clooney is absolutely right. We won't walk in fear. Je suis Charlie.

Source: Buzzfeed, BBC, Mashable


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