Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

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Oprah Winfrey receives the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
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Seth Meyers hosts the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. The three-hour ceremony serves as the official kickoff to awards season, with winners in 25 categories - 14 in film and 11 in television.
Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes
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??. [ cheers and applause ]. [ cheers and applause. continues ]. -i'm so happy it was you. thank you. [ cheers and applause. continues ]. ah. thank you. thank you, thank you. thank you all. [ cheers and applause. continues ]. thank you. okay, okay. thank you, reese. in 1964,. i was a little girl. sitting on the linoleum floor of. my mother's house in milwaukee. watching anne bancroft. present the oscar for best actor. at the 36th academy awards. she opened the envelope. and said five words. that literally made history --. "the winner is sidney poitier. ". up to the stage came the most. elegant man i had ever seen. i remember, his tie was white,. and, of course,. his skin was black,. and i'd never seen a black man. being celebrated like that. and i have tried many, many,. many times to explain. what a moment like that. means to a little girl,. a kid watching. from the cheap seats,. as my mom came through the door,. bone tired from cleaning. other people's houses. but all i can do is quote. and say that the explanation. in sidney's performance. in "lilies of the field,". "amen, amen. amen, amen. ". [ applause ]. in 1982, sidney received. the cecil b. demille award. right here at the golden globes,. and it is not lost on me. that, at this moment,. there are. some little girls watching. as i become. the first black woman. to be given this same award. [ cheers and applause ]. it is an honor --. it is an honor,. and it is a privilege. to share the evening. with all of them. and also with the incredible men. and women who've inspired me,. who've challenged me,. who've sustained me. and made my journey. to this stage possible. dennis swanson, who took. a chance on me for "am chicago. ". quincy jones,. who saw me on that show. and said to steven spielberg,. "yes, she is sofia. in 'the color purple. '". gayle, who's been the definition. of what a friend is. and stedman, who's been my rock. just a few to name. i'd like to thank the hollywood. foreign press association. because we all know that the. press is under siege these days. but we also know that it is. the insatiable dedication. to uncovering the absolute truth. that keeps us. from turning a blind eye. to corruption. and to injustice. [ cheers and applause ]. to tyrants and victims,. and secrets and lies. i want to say that i value. the press more than ever before. as we try to navigate. these complicated times,. which brings me to this. what i know for sure. is that speaking your truth. is the most powerful tool. we all have. and i'm especially proud. 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. are 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. [ applause ]. they're the women. whose names we'll never know. they are domestic workers. and farm workers. they are working in factories,. and they work in restaurants,. and they're in academia,. in engineering, in medicine,. in science. they're part of the world of. tech and politics and business. they're our athletes. in the olympics,. and they're our soldiers. in the military,. and there's someone else. recy taylor. a name i know and i think. you should know, too. in 1944, recy taylor. was a young wife and a mother. she was just walking home. from a church service. she'd attended. in abbeville, alabama,. when she was abducted. by six armed white men,. raped, and left blindfolded. by the side of the road. coming home from church. they threatened to kill her. if she ever told anyone,. but her story was reported. to the naacp. where a young worker. by the name of rosa parks. became the lead investigator. on her case,. and together,. they sought justice. but justice wasn't an option. in the era of jim crow. the men who tried to destroy her. were never persecuted. recy taylor died 10 days ago,. just shy of her 98th birthday. she lived, as we all have lived,. too many years in a culture. broken by brutally powerful men. and for too long, women have. not been heard or believed. if they dare to speak their. truth to the power of those men. but their time is up. [ cheers and applause ]. their time is up!. [ cheers and applause. continues ]. their time is up. and i just hope --. i just hope that recy taylor. died knowing that her truth,. like the truth. of so many other women. who were tormented. in those years,. and even now tormented,. goes marching on. it was somewhere. in rosa parks' heart. almost 11 years later,. when she made the decision. to stay seated. on that bus in montgomery,. and it's here with every woman. who chooses to say, "me too. ". and every man --. every man who chooses to listen. in my career, what i've. always tried my best to do,. whether on television. or through film,. is to say something about. how men and women really behave,. to say how we experience shame,. how we love and how we rage,. how we fail, how we retreat,. persevere, and how we overcome. i've interviewed and portrayed. people who've withstood. some of the ugliest things. life can throw at you,. but the one quality. all of them seem to share. is an ability to maintain hope. for a brighter morning,. even during our darkest nights. so i want all the girls. watching here and now. to know that a new day. is on the horizon!. [ cheers and applause ]. 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. thank you. [ cheers and applause ]. [ cheers and applause. continues ]. .
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