How would the normally boozy wingding handle a serious topic that has directly implicated members of the entertainment community?
After it was explained to Winfrey that she did in fact qualify for the award because of her extraordinary media career, she humbly accepted the honor. I think that what Time's Up is doing with a legal defence fund is a major step.
In typically rousing Winfrey-style, she started by sharing a memory from 1964, describing how she watched on TV as actor Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for his performance in "Lilies of the Field" - and how inspiring she found it to see someone who looked like her earn such a high honor. Taylor died 10 days ago, Winfrey pointed out.
"She lived, as we all have lived, too long in a culture broken by brutally powerful men", she said.
Winfrey closed her magnificent speech with a promise for "the girls watching", telling them, "a new day is on the horizon. Not only are we celebrating the arts, but we're celebrating life and humanity so this is an incredible Golden Globes and I'm grateful to be here", Common added.
It was the New York Times which first exposed producer Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual misconduct that led to the movement of hashtag MeToo and then hashtag Time's Up.
"It was very important to all of us involved with Time's Up that it not just be about the women of Hollywood because we're already a privileged group but to extend to the women of the world because as I said tonight there isn't a culture a race a religion or politic a workplace that hasn't been affected by it". And every man - every man who chooses to listen.
Janney thanked people associated with the film, as well as Harding, who was seated with Robbie and others in the ballroom.
When I say that Oprah's fantastic speech left people clamoring for her to run for president, it's hard to express just how much my TL gushed over this possibility.
Below is a full transcript of Winfrey's acceptance speech.
"Here are all the male nominees", she said, while the men in question looked surprised.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards is considered wide open, with contenders including Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water", Steven Spielberg's "The Post" and Martin McDonaugh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". Winfrey's inspirational and moving speech, which drew a standing ovation from the Who's Who of Hollywood, saw her talk about people speaking out the truth and fighting for justice.
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