The 75th Annual Golden Globes went live without a hitch and though the theme was in solidarity for the #MeToo movement and the new #TimesUp initiative, that did not stop A-list actors from being positive, hopeful and forthright in their speeches. One acceptance speech of the night that truly was the most riveting and inspiring was that of actress, producer and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Whom accepted the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award making history as the first African-American woman to every be awarded the honor. Winfrey’s acceptance speech that lasted close to ten minutes (a lifetime in television time) spoke of her past as a little girl growing up with a mother who had to clean houses to coming full-circle with this new initiative and serious change that has begun to happen in the imbalance of power and being silent no more.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know 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 .. and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
Oprah Winfrey put what many women are feeling in such poignant, poised and personal words that cut sharply enough to be felt, heard and remembered forever.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. 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. 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.”
Watch her full acceptance speech below: