Media mogul Oprah Winfrey just became the first African-American woman to be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. She gave a rousing speech that will likely be spoken about for days to come.
The honorary award is given to one recipient for their ‘outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment’ at the annual movie and television awards show.
Winfrey’s five-decade career has spanned; hosting her own popular talk-show, film and television producing, running a her own TV network and being a major philanthropist.
In one of the most anticipated moments of the night’s broadcast, Winfrey accepted her award from Oscar-winning actress and producer Reese Witherspoon.
‘It’s not lost on me that at this moment, there are little girls watching as I become the first black woman to receive this award,’ Winfrey said in her speech.
She went on to acknowledge the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who run the Golden Globes.
‘We all know that the press is under siege at the moment,’ Winfrey said.
‘I want to say that I value the press more than ever before.
‘Which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.’
Winfrey acknowledged the hundreds of women who came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault they had faced in the entertainment industry.
She used the story of Recy Taylor to issue a warning to powerful men around the world.
Taylor was a black woman kidnapped and raped by six white men in the Alabama in 1944. She was told to keep quiet, but along with Civil Right activists Rosa Parks, she fought to bring the men to justice.
Winfrey said ‘brutally powerful men’ tried to keep Taylor quiet.
But Winfrey warned the time was up for ‘brutally powerful men’ in today’s world, which lead to a standing ovation from the audience. She then referred to the Time’s Up initiative of more than 1,000 women in Hollywood and the sprawling entertainment industry fighting back against harassment.
‘I want all the girls watching to know: A new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of the magnificent women and many of them are in this room tonight,’ she said.
‘Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories we tell and this year, we became the story.’
‘For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.’
Watch the moving speech here
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018
People were blown away
People took to social media to share their reactions to Winfrey’s powerful speech.
Aliens arrive on earth, say “Take me to your leader.”
I’m calling #Oprah at that moment.
— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) January 8, 2018
I’m honest to god ready to vote for Oprah and I think “time’s up” should be her campaign slogan.
Oprah 2020 #timesup
— the icebox (@jessiiccaa) January 8, 2018
When Oprah is speaking at the Golden Globes and your goals shift to VP… pic.twitter.com/3ghEVMmCwF
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 8, 2018
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 8, 2018