Read Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes Speech
Posted January 8, 2018 12:52 a.m. EST
Among the many extraordinary aspects of Sunday’s Golden Globes, there were few the internet loved more than the presence of Oprah Winfrey, who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement.
Her outsize footprint at the ceremony was evident from the opening moments. The host, Seth Meyers, who once taunted Donald Trump from the stage of the White House Correspondents Association dinner and, some say, helped spur him to run for president, now used his monologue to level a similar jab at Winfrey.
On Wikipedia and Twitter — including the official NBC account — the prospect of an Oprah candidacy quickly gathered momentum.
The television icon, film producer and actress was a magnet for cameras throughout the telecast — smiling, laughing, bowing and inspiring a constellation of memes. Most had a similar thrust: Next to Winfrey, even the Hollywood elite were but mere mortals.
Her acceptance speech was the most rapturously received of the night. Winfrey spoke of being inspired by an earlier DeMille award winner, Sidney Poitier; told the story of Recy Taylor, the black civil rights activist who died late last month; and promised young girls across the country that in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, “a new day is on the horizon.”