4 Times Oprah Brought Us to Tears During Her Powerful Golden Globes Speech
The media mogul was the first black woman to be awarded the Cecil B. deMille award last night—and her inspirational speech brought the house down.
The 2018 Golden Globes were full of history-making moments, including men and women wearing black on the red carpet in support of the Time's Up movement. However, nothing quite compared to Oprah Winfrey's inspiring speech after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
The actress and media mogul made time stand still while condemning a "culture broken by brutally powerful men" and predicting the beginning of a new era, catalyzed by the #MeToo movement. Here are some of the most incredible moments from her moving speech that brought the audience (and viewers at home), to their feet-and had Twitter calling for #Oprah2020.
When She Spoke of Inspiring Young Black Girls
Winfrey started her monologue by recalling a moment from her childhood in 1964 when she watched actress and director Anne Bancroft present Sidney Poitier with the Best Actor award at the 36th Academy Awards.
"[Bancroft] opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: 'The winner is Sidney Poitier.' Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen," she said. "I remember his tie was white and, of course, his skin was black, and I'd never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I have tried many, many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door, bone-tired from cleaning other people's houses. But all I can do is quote Sidney's performance in Lilies of the Field: 'Amen, amen. Amen, amen,'" she continued.
"It is not lost on me," she concluded, "that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award."
When She Congratulated Women for "Speaking Their Truth"
Next, Winfrey spoke about the press being "under siege these days," and pledged her "insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies."
"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have," she said. "And I'm especially proud [of] and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room is celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story."
When She Declared Why the Time's Up Movement Is Necessary
While Time's Up may have been created by women in Hollywood in reaction to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Winfrey continued by reminding everyone that it goes way beyond that.
"It's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry," she said. "It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They're part of the world of tech and politics and business. They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military."
When She Announced the Dawning of a New Era
Before leaving the stage, Winfrey took a minute to talk about Recy Taylor, who as a 24-year-old black mother was kidnapped and brutally raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944. "Justice wasn't an option in the era of Jim Crow," she said. "The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!"
Watch the entire speech below: