Oprah Winfrey – 2018 Golden Globes – Full Backstage Speech

Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecil B Demillle Award at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards for her contributions to the entertainment industry.
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[music]. okay hi how does this work . oh you ask questions of me hi oprah all . right hello hi um your speech tonight . was so in here i know okay okay your . speech tonight was so amazing and . inspirational i'd love to know what you . feel is the greatest lesson you've . learned throughout your life and career . the greatest lesson i've learned . throughout my career came from maya . angelou actually when i was you know. first meeting her and after i'd known . her for a while she said baby you know . you need to know that when people show . you who they are you believe them the . first time oh you know that lesson too . now first time and your problem is it . takes you 29 times to see the same . lesson coming in a different skirt or . wearing a different pair of pants so i . think that has been one of my greatest . wisdom teachings is to assess from . people's behavior their actions not just . towards me but towards other people who . they are and how they behave because if . people talk about other people they'll . talk about you so i think in business . and in personal relationships that's . also been my greatest lesson also. staying grounded you know has been . really great for me yes sir hi back to . you yes yes that's you hello . congratulations francisco varela from. telemundo thank you you are on top of . the world we love you what humbles you . right now what humbles me yes . this humbles me when i first got when . they first call me and said they wanted . me to accept this i said i shouldn't be . the person to get the cecil b demille . award you know why i was working with . reese witherspoon this past spring and . winter and i happened to just say in the . makeup room one morning i said so how . many movies have you done she does oh . honey child i don't know i don't know . it's been so many and i then thought i . hope she doesn't ask me because i think . it's been . and so i i didn't understand it and then . they explained that it's about overall . entertainment now what i was able to do . with the oprah show and the cultural . statement we were able to make . throughout the world i feel very very . very proud of that but i think that when . it comes to films that i am really the . new kid on the block and i always feel . like when i'm acting that i am you know . out of my box and it's the most . intimidated i ever feel mr. gold's vast . hello i'm curious what wisdom you could . pass on to me and my friends were film . school scholarship recipients at the . hollywood foreign press i'm curious what . wisdom can you pass on to the future . generation of people here in hollywood i . want to make me well the way to make . movies is to do stuff that you love . because you know for 25 years i worked . on the oprah show and stedman will tell . you that there are date nights that i . came home and i almost you know it's . hard to even like take off my clothes . because i knew i was going to be getting . up for hours later but i never really . felt exhausted like deeply never felt . exhausted but i never felt depleted so . do the work that comes straight from the . soul of you from your background from . stories that you've grown up with from . stories that bring you passion from . stories that you not just yearn to tell . but that if you don't tell them they . won't get told and when you when you are . operating you know the single the single . greatest wisdom i think i've ever . received other than when people show you . they are is that the key to fulfillment . success happiness contentment in life is . when you align your personality with. what your soul actually came to do i . believe everybody has a soul and has you . know their own personal spiritual energy. so when you can use your personality to . serve whatever that thing is you can't . help but be successful so if you do . films that come from the interior of . your soul you do work you do art that . comes from. the interior of you it you cannot miss . it's only when you're doing stuff that . you think might make money you think it . may be a hit or you think it may bring . you some level of attention or success . that isn't what does it i would have to . say that all of the great wonderful . experiences of my life that have brought . me to this moment have come from working . from the interior of myself and so . that's why it feels so authentic because . it actually is so when you do that . you'll win okay hi oprah hi i'm right . back here there you are . you always give such sage advice to. everyone else and i'm just curious as . you look over your life what advice . would you give to seven-year-old oprah . or 30 remember about surviving as a . woman in this world seven i was so sad . and at seven all of my real love came . from my teachers and so my teachers i . would say this to anybody 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 truly seen by you it is the . greatest offering you can give and all . those years of the oprah show the . greatest lesson i learned was that you . know after every show someone would say . invariably in one way or another how was . that i finish an interview with father . who killed his twin daughters i finish . an interview with politician barack. obama joe biden george bush they beyond . say they all say the same thing how was . that and so i started to see that . there's this common thread in our . humanity where everybody wants to know . how was that did i do okay did you hear . me and did what i say means something to . you so i would have to say that . recognizing that in other people has . helped me to become you know a person of . compassion a person of understand. who can interview anybody about anything . because i know that it the core of you . is the same as core me you just want to . be heard so yes oprah directly actually . oprah directly in front of you directly . so gma philippines last year when meryl . street won this award i felt a very . different time trump had just won we had . all the allegations last year with your. speech with everyone in you know. solidary solidarity and black tonight do . you feel like the country together as a . whole is moving in a better direction . than we moved last year i certainly feel . that what you know i always think and . know having watched it over the years . through thousands and thousands of . interviews and watching people in their . dysfunction that when something really . negative is brewing that there is the . direct opposite reaction that is also . possible because for every action . there's an equal and opposite reaction . so when something is big as what started . to happen in october with harvey . weinstein started to unfold i thought . whoa whoa and with every day's . revelation i thought here is an. opportunity for something powerfully a . powerful growth and how do we use this . moment to elevate what is happening . instead of victim continually victimize . ourselves and so i think that wearing . black in solidarity is one step i think . that what time's up is doing with a. legal defense fund is a major step it . was very important to all of us involved . with times up that it not just be about . the women of hollywood because we're . already a privileged group but to extend . to the women of the world because as i . said tonight there isn't a culture a . race a religion a politic a workplace . that . been affected by it and one of the . reasons why i wanted to tell ricci . taylor's story is to let people know . it's been happening for a very long time . when people didn't feel that they could . speak up and so there are so many women . who've endured so much and remained . silent and kept going because there was . no other recourse and now that we've all . joined as one voice i think that those . it is feels like empowerment to those . women who never had it thank you so much . would love to spend an evening thank you . all . 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