Oprah Winfrey gave one of the most iconic speeches of all time at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The 63-year-old received a standing ovation after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
The award was given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for incredible contributions to the entertainment industry.
Actress Reese Witherspoon presented the media mogul Oprah with the honour saying Oprah’s hugs “the greatest thing ever.”
This year’s awards were overshadowed, not gloomily however, by the sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Many attendees wore black at the ceremony, in solidarity with the victims of the assaults and harassment. Actress Blanca Blanco stood out on the red carpet as the only woman to not wear black.
Oprah, who stars in the upcoming movie ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, delivered an impassioned monologue. She talked about everything, from racism, sexism and the #MeToo movement. She even honoured Rosa Parks and the late Civil Rights icon Recy Taylor.
Referencing the iconic moment Sydney Poitier became the first black man to receive an Academy Award. Poitier also received the same Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1982. “It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” Oprah said. She continued saying “It is an honour and it is a privilege” to share the evening with all those who inspire her.
She later discussed the importance of women coming forward with their experiences of sexual assault.
A new day is on the horizon
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up.
“It’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.
“So, I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!”, she said. She said that day will come because “a lot of magnificent women and phenomenal men” who will fight hard to ensure that “nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”