Celebs React to Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes Speech


Vicious maybe, but Meyers did it with panache, and proved to be the right steward for what was, laughs and personal attacks aside, a more earnest-than-usual evening for the Globes, a show known for its almost-anything-could-happen vibe.

"Good evening ladies and gentlemen", he started by saying.

Host Seth Meyers, faced with the tricky task of being amusing about sexual harassment and the overdue reckoning with Hollywood's 100-year history of discrimination, managed to elicit a steady stream of laughs.

"For the men in the room, this will be the first time in three months where it won't be terrifying to hear your name read out loud".

The drumbeat for a potential Winfrey presidential run began nearly as soon as the Golden Globes kicked off, as host Seth Meyers jokingly told Winfrey not to run.

He referred to the 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner when he and Barack Obama mocked the idea of Trump becoming U.S. president.

"And here are all the male nominees", she said, introducing Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Spielberg (The Post), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World) and eventual victor, The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. I've interviewed and portrayed people who've withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. You do not have what it takes.

Oprah created a stir with her speech at the Golden Globes when she became the first black woman to accept the Cecil B.de Mile Award.

Stars at the 75th Golden Globes awards wore black and made powerful speeches tackling sexual harassment and gender inequality.

Winfrey articulated a thread about female empowerment that stretched out throughout the night.

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Most powerfully, she told the story of Recy Taylor, an African-American woman who in 1944 was gang raped as she walked home from church. Eighteen years later, he received the Cecil B DeMille award at the 1982 Golden Globes. She 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. "I got goosebumps", she also told The Times.

"We miss that woman", Janney said of Winfrey, who ended her eponymous talk show in 2011.

But these awards, and this presentation of them, reflected how awards work in general. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. "They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military". "She's taking it seriously".

She dedicated her win to her castmates, daughters and mother, saying: "Wow, the power of women".

These easy yuks were delivered to a celebrity-packed audience in full and complete agreement - a Beverly Hilton ballroom clad entirely in black to show support for the "Time's Up" movement of actresses and others who have pledged to end discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

"It was a culture of silencing, and that was normalised".

And when they further pressed her on whether she would run, she just joked: 'Okay'.

A March 2017 poll by Quinnipiac University that handed Trump a 41 percent job approval rating, said 52 percent of respondents had a favourable opinion of Winfrey. Check out some of the best comments from Pharrell, Sarah Silverman and many more.

Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", another uncannily timed series about a dystopian former United States where women no longer have any rights, also cleaned up, winning best TV drama. "We stand with them and we lend them our power and strength as they move through this hard time".