Oprah Cecil B. DeMille Award Video – Watch Golden Globes Acceptance Speech!

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Oprah Golden Globes Video

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Oprah Golden Globes Video


Oprah received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s 2018 Golden Globes. Watch the video below!

The tribute to Oprah was led by Reese Witherspoon, her co-star in the upcoming movie A Wrinkle In Time. “When you say her name, everyone stops and listens,” said the actress. She sweetly argued, “Oprah’s hugs could end wars, solve world peace.” Witherspoon went on, “To Oprah, thank you for your grace and your generosity and your wisdom. And thank you for your powerful contributions to the worlds of film and television. This and everything you do. You’ve changed our lives.”

Following a montage highlighting her career, Oprah, a 1986 Golden Globes nominee for The Color Purple, took the stage to a standing ovation. “Thank you all,” the icon said to quiet the cheers. “Okay, okay.” She started her speech off by explaining how seeing Sidney Poitier win an Oscar as a black man changed her life. She noted that he was later the first black man to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. “It is not lost on me that there are little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award,” Oprah said. “It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”

Oprah named some of the key people in her life to express gratitude, and then thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. That led her to talk about the importance of the media in stopping “us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice.” She went on, “What I know for sure is speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I am especially proud of and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”

“This year, we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends,” she continued. “So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault.” Oprah then told the story of the late Recy Taylor, to highlight how “women have not been heard and believed if they dared to speak truth to power to those men, but their time is up. The time is up.” She referenced the #MeToo movement, and encouraged men to “listen.”

Oprah then championed those who in the past who have showed how to “maintain hope for a brighter morning even during the darkest nights.” She concluded by telling girls that “a new day is on the horizon. 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, are fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”

It was announced in December that Oprah would be bestowed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lifetime achievement award. First given to DeMille himself in 1952, the honor recognizes a “talented individual for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” In a statement, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna said Oprah has “celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.” She continued, “Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”

As the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, the media mogul follows Meryl Streep (2017), Denzel Washington (2015), George Clooney (2014), Woody Allen (2014), Jodie Foster (2013) and Morgan Freeman (2012), who unveiled Oprah as this year’s honoree during the HFPA’s recent “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special,” which aired on NBC. Check out full video of Oprah’s acceptance speech from tonight’s ceremony below!

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