Watch Oprah’s Incredible Golden Globes Speech
Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony was a triumphant celebration for talented female artists. Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Brosnahan, Frances McDormand, and Laura Dern all took home awards for their masterful portrayal of powerful, complex women—most while donning black to call attention to the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment in Hollywood. But it wasn’t until Oprah Winfrey took the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement that the tone of the night really hit home.
Winfrey absolutely stole the show Sunday night when she became the first black woman to accept the award. In a wide-ranging speech, she talked about being inspired by the award’s first black recipient, Sidney Poitier, the importance of journalists who uncover “corruption and to injustice,” and the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman who reported her rape case to the NAACP in 1944.
“Recy Taylor died ten days ago,” Winfrey said. “She lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. Women were not believed.”