Founder of OWN, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to be given the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the just concluded 75th Golden Globe Awards as she received multiple standing ovation with a moving speech referencing civil rights and the #MeToo movement, declaring the reign of abusive men in the industry was coming to an end.
The former talk show host, actress, film and TV producer spoke about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best-actor Oscar in 1964 and likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win that trophy, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women today.
She told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on Dec. 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said.
“But their time is up! Their time is up! Their time is up!” she shouted to a standing ovation. The phrase also referenced the “Time’s Up” initiative led by women in Hollywood and others to combat sexual misconduct which was the center message of the night.
Winfrey also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which gives out the Golden Globes.
“We all know that the press is under siege these days, but we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies,” Winfrey said.
Her speech got a lot of reactions on Twitter with individuals supporting her.
Actress Amber Tamblyn tweeted, “Oprah cometh”, while musician Pharrell Williams called her the greatest of all time.
“Let me tell you this room is still vibrating like electricity from that speech,” Ava DuVernay tweeted.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards kicked off with a political tone even before the show began. Actors and actresses wore black to protest sexual harassment, and several actresses, including Meryl Streep and Amy Poehler, walked the red carpet with activists to shift the focus back on survivors and solutions.
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