January 22, 2018
A night set aside to recognize those who exhibit excellence in film and television. This years Golden Globes was collectively an empowering and historic event from the awards themselves, to the symbolic attire, and the memorable speeches. It became a chance for the stars of hollywood to voice their opinions, support, and show their resilience to the negative persona their industry has received over the past months.
Interviews before the show explained why everyone was dressed in black to advocate for the women who came forward with their testimonies of sexual harassment from men in positions of authority and to promote women’s equality within hollywood. With all of the expectations of what this night would represent, one woman, with her speech, captivated the audience and all of America watching from their homes. Oprah Winfrey became the first African American woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given for a person’s outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment with previous winners ranging from Steven Spielberg to Al Pacino, and Meryl Streep.
Oprah took this award and used it as a platform to highlight the need of the press in today’s society, where reporting the truth unbiasedly has given America the opportunity to understand the injustices that are taking place around them. She encouraged both genders to know their worth and that they need to demand equality in their craft. Oprah ended with the statement, “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, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again”(cnn.com). Viewers took to all forms of social media requesting that Oprah Winfrey become the next Presidential Candidate in 2020 because of her uplifting and motivational speech.
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