Female empowerment a focus of SAG awards

(CBS) -- Hollywood's brightest stars were out at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, and it was the women who grabbed the spotlight.

"We are living in a watershed moment...Let's make sure that we're leading the charge with empathy and diligence," said host Kristen Bell.

That watershed moment --- the "Me too" and "Time's up" movements--focused on sexual misconduct and equality in the workplace. The girl power continued on stage with all female presenters, Including Marisa Tomei and Rosanna Arquette, who tearfully thanked the "silence breakers."

"We can control our own destiny. You are one of those voices. You are one of those silence breakers and we all owe you a debt of gratitude," Arquette says.

During the show, camera's mostly avoided actor James Franco-who was recently accused of misconduct-until his name was called in the best actor category.

Aziz Ansari was a nominee, but skipped the ceremony after a woman came forward accusing the actor of inappropriate behavior.

Nicole Kidman won Best Actress in a TV Mini-Series. She thanked the trailblazing women in Hollywood.

"Wonderful today that our careers can go beyond 40 years old. 20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives...viable," Kidman says.

Frances McDormand was named Best Film Actress for her role in dark comedy "Three Billboards".

In his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, winner Sam Rockwell voiced solidarity with women:

"I stand shoulder to shoulder with you... All the incredible women in this room who are trying to make things better. It's long overdue," he said.

And Sterling K. Brown made history, as the first black actor to win for Best Actor in a TV Drama.