Meryl Streep Cecil B. DeMille Award Video: Watch Golden Globes Acceptance Speech!
Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s 2017 Golden Globes. Check out the video below!
The award presentation began with a tribute led by Viola Davis, who actually won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Fences earlier in the night. Davis, who co-starred in Doubt with Streep, amusingly impersonated the actress, but also quite seriously praised her acting talent. “I can only imagine where you go, Meryl, when you disappear into a character,” Davis said.
Following a video montage, Streep took the stage to a standing ovation. The screen icon revealed she had lost her voice, before beginning her speech by noting that the room was filled with the most “vilified” segments: Hollywood, foreign, and the press. But name-checking a number of women, including Davis, as well as men, Streep made a point that Hollywood is “crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” and “if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
That received much applause from the star-studded crowd. Streep then confessed that one performance “stunned” her this past year: Donald Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter. “It kind of broke my heart when he said it,” she said. “I couldn’t get it out of my head, and this wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.” Streep went on to urge the press to call out these “outrage[s],” and encouraged her fellow celebs to join her in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists.
It was announced in November that Streep would be honored with what is essentially the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lifetime achievement award. First bestowed upon DeMille in 1952, the award recognizes a “talented individual for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Streep is a 30-time Golden Globe nominee, a record she just set in December.
The actress’ latest nomination comes for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Florence Foster Jenkins. She’s previously won eight times, dating back to 1979. As the Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, she follows Denzel Washington (2015), George Clooney (2014), Woody Allen (2014), and Jodie Foster (2013). Watch full video of Davis’ tribute and Streep’s acceptance speech below.
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