Oprah 2020? People Are Asking After Golden Globes Speech

15 January 2018, 12:07 | Kristine Mills

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Seth Meyers Golden Globes Opening

Women's rights activists and celebrities - dressed in black - took to the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday night not only to celebrate the past year in film and television, but also to shine light on systemic sexual harassment in the workplace.

Oprah Winfrey earned multiple standing ovations at Sunday's Golden Globes as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award with a moving speech referencing civil rights and the #MeToo movement, declaring that the reign of abusive men was coming to an end: "Their time is up!"

If there was one clear victor on Sunday, it was "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", which nabbed Globes as best drama, for writer Martin McDonagh (who also directed the film), star Frances McDormand and co-star Sam Rockwell.

"Really, the most exciting thing is that I thought I would have to raise my daughter to protect herself in a unsafe world", Williams said, when Seacrest brought up the excitement of her nomination.

Numerous female recipients, including Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, both of "Big Little Lies", spoke about the need for the telling of women's stories and the change those stories can bring. "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 and share their personal stories", Winfrey said. "I'm glad her voice is leading us in America".

Oprah made a big splash at the Golden Globes last night. Kidman chalked the win up to "the power of women".

Also attending the event were Marai Larsi, executive director of Imkaan; Rosa Clemente, a community organiser; Billie Jean King, founder of the Women's Sports Foundation; Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe and advocate for Native American treaty and water rights; and Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men.

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While it may not seem like it, the #MeToo movement brought to light important issues that we have swept under the rug for entirely too long. This is in response to Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird snub and the conspicuous fact that no female directors were nominated. E!'s Catt Sadler recently departed after she said she learned she was making about half the pay of her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy.

The emotional Mexican-born filmmaker's acceptance speech was an ode to his love affair with monsters.

"We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line", Streep said.

Many actors and actresses also participated in a sartorial show of force at the awards ceremony, opting to wear black in support of "Time's Up", and as form of silent protest against s*xual harassment in Hollywood and beyond. Winning for best actress, McDormand noted to the crowd that "I keep my politics private".

Natalie Portman called out the lack of female directors included this year when she announced the nominees in the best director category with seven withering words: "And here are the all-male nominees".

"Give it up for the Hollywood Foreign Press, a string of three words that could not have been better created to infuriate our president", Meyers continued, similar to a comment Streep made previous year. Later, his co-star Sterling K. Brown won for best drama actor. He thanked the show's creator, Dan Fogelman, for writing a role "for a Black man that can only be played by a black man".

Tough the atmosphere was still buoyant and positive, the usually superficial red carpet had unusual exchanges.



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