Golden Globes: Winfrey accepts life achievement honor

Golden Globes: Winfrey accepts life achievement honor

Golden Globes: Winfrey accepts life achievement honor

Stars at the 75th Golden Globes awards wore black and made powerful speeches tackling sexual harassment and gender inequality.

The OWN founder, former talk show host, actress, film and TV producer and humanitarian became the first black woman to be given the award, which was presented in Beverly Hills, California. When asked if she would run against Trump in the 2020 election, Winfrey told a Hollywood Reporter podcast, "I will never run for public office". Poitier himself won in 1982. "I would say this to anyone in this room: 'You have no idea the power of noticing another human being and what it feels like when somebody knows that they have been seen by you. They're the women whose names we'll never know".

"It is an honor", Winfrey said, and "it is privilege to share the evening with all of them".

"Thank you Reese. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor sitting in my mother's house in Milwaukee", as she recalled watching Sidney Poitier become the first black man to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Winfrey closed her speech with a call for unity: 'I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon.

Winfrey also shared a heartbreaking story about Recy Taylor, a woman who was abducted by six white men, raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road.

Winfrey said while there was no justice for Taylor, whose attackers were never prosecuted, her truth lived on in the work of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, an ACLU investigator on Taylor's case.

"She lived, as we all have lived, too long in a culture broken by brutally powerful men", she said.

Preach, Oprah! The former talk show host took us to church on January 7, when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes and promised 'a new day is on the horizon'. "It will be because of many magnificent women, many of whom are in this room today, and because of some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become leaders who take us to a time when no one ever has to say 'Me Too" again", she added.

"Did I just watch @Oprah first campaign speech?!"

The annual award honours people for their outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment and recent recipients include - Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

Winfrey, who got her start in television journalism, also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Golden Globes.

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