How Oprah’s Golden Globe award and powerful speech made history

There’s a reason why, throughout the Golden Globes, stars have been whispering her name like a prayer: Oprah. 

The queen’s acceptance speech for the esteemed Cecil B. DeMille award (essentially a lifetime achievement award) at the Golden Globes Sunday night was a rallying cry for the disenfranchised that managed to perfectly articulate the #MeToo moment. 

“It is not lost on me that at this moment there’s some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award,” she said, speaking about watching Sidney Poitier as a child. “It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”

Being Oprah, most of her acceptance speech was spent honoring the marginalized, voiceless, and underappreciated heroes of history who paved the path for her success today. From Poitier to Rosa Parks, Oprah shared the honor with fellow revolutionaries, while making a call to action sure to stir future revolutionaries for generations to come.

We’ll let Oprah take it away:

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. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story. 

But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. 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. 

It goes without saying, but Oprah changed the landscape for women and people of color in Hollywood since she first graced us in 1986 as the first woman to ever star, produce, and own her own talk show. No stranger to history making, the empire she built not only broke glass ceilings, but also helped people in need around the world.

Addressing the hottest topic of the night, Winfrey continued, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.”

Much of the 2018 Golden Globes shined a spotlight on the women fighting tooth and nail to ensure this is not just a passing moment in Hollywood, but the first step to permanently ending widespread misogyny and discrimination. And with leaders and rallying cries like Oprah’s, the momentum seems unstoppable.

“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she said. “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 that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say #MeToo again.”

Yup, we’re crying. 

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