Honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement Sunday night during the 75th annual Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey delivered an electrifying, eloquent, and unforgettable acceptance speech.
Winfrey began by recalling her experience watching Sidney Poitier win a Globe in 1964, the first ever received by a person of color. She moved on to defend the free press, fiercely call out sexual harassers all across the globe — telling them “their time has come” — and tell the story of Recy Taylor, who was raped by a group of white men in Alabama in 1944 and died 10 days ago.
Winfrey closed her magnificent speech with a promise for “the girls watching,” telling them, “a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
Not surprisingly, Winfrey’s speech brought the audience at the Beverly Hilton to their feet, and a shower of praise on social media soon followed.
“Let me tell you this room is still vibrating like electric from that speech. #OPRAH #micdrop #TimesUp #MeToo #GoldenGlobes,” tweeted Winfrey’s A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay.
Mariah Carey congratulated her as well, writing, “You are an incredible role model. Thank you for your inspiring and moving words and for everything you have done for me personally. You have changed my life.”
“Oprah has spoken #TimesUp #whywewearblack,” said Gina Rodriguez.
“And we went to church. @Oprah #WhyWeWearBlack #TimesUp,” Shonda Rhimes said about Winfrey’s speech.
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