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

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


♪♪ [ 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 ]

100 Comments

  1. Although I agree with the point of her speech, after her Neverland interview, I am no longer moved by her words… I am against any type of abuse, but I do believe facts should be acknowledged in an alleged case, and clearly be presented in the media to the public. Especially when the accused is dead… #respect

  2. Best performance of the century👍👍 oh wait no. Maybe the 2nd best. Best was by George Clooney and Matt damon.

  3. Wow!! I can really just say Wow!! That was truly something very very special and extraordinary!! I salute you Oprah!!! 🙃🙃

  4. Love Oprah so much! She is such a powerful woman and a great example of what it is to speak your truth and use your platform. Such an inspiration!!

  5. Thank You Masters 🙏✍🧞‍♂️🧜‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️🍃🍂☘🌷🐝🐛🐜🐜🐜🐜🙏👁

  6. Im someone whos been dealing with some serious issues during my highschool years and i would always listen to this speech…needles to say i graduated i look back and i feel so blessed i felt like i over came so much

  7. The truth is the truth. There’s no such thing as “your truth”. There’s your experience and your opinion. But the truth is the truth, bottom line.

  8. Eres la mejor persona y debes de olvidar lo sucedido de tu infancia porque tu no hiciste nada malo, que se preocupen los que hacen maldad porque a ellos los espera el infierno.Dios te llene de muchas bendiciones

  9. Idk, I think this Oprah lady might have a future in public speaking, maybe even acting. She seems like she could have a career in showbiz

  10. One of the best speeches I've ever heard! I need my college speech professors to teach me how to do this.

  11. She knew about Harvey Weinsteins behaviour? Yet stayed silent? did nothing. Why? Then spews sanctimonious stuff like this? 🤣😅😂🤪😁😊😄

  12. How refreshing to have someone who uses their platform to educate. To preach. This speech is worthy of a State of the Union Address.

  13. WHAT SPEECH!!!! Exciting, important and necessary. Oprah says brilliantly that representativity matters, and how much it has impacted his life. And most of all, her speech about women is very strong, and it was while this class was going through a delicate moment, so when she says "their times is up", OMG, I got goose bumps, just perfect! Thanks for those amazing words!

  14. We live in a world with so many injustice and corruption. But the worst part is that people treat that as normal. The world is so hopeless for many, it’s sad. The problems are bigger than we think and just who experienced once know the real situation we live. Persons like Oprah are the hope for many children and for their parents too, that wish the better for their children. We need more “Oprahs” in real life. Persons who really can help the others and really do, because most of them don’t care for the injustice.

  15. IT's July 2019 & I had to re watch this speech to find some hope again in the depth of all the hate. Waking up every morning to racist Tweets by our very own President of United States is appalling. Can you imagine children who are hearing his rhetoric & what they must be feeling or thinking. #GodHealAmerica!

  16. This was the best speech that I ever saw. No joking. Oprah, your eloquence, inspiration and power of keep the attention it's really fantastic. It's prideful to see a black woman that receives a high-value award. Thanks for aggregate so much value in our minds and hearts. The world is less worst without you. "A new day is on the horizon", that was surely my favourite quote! I'd like to reassure that this presentation was the best I ever saw!

  17. This speech is extremely important, because, beyond a simple speech, it is a historical mark. Imagine how it was for Oprah to see, after a long time, the first black person to be honored in a gym and now being able to inspire others, as it was, is a very powerful event. I believe this speech is a great empathy's exercise for white people, like me, can minimally understand the power of representativeness for people who, in a painful historical process, have been denied it. I believe these words will cross the ages and reach future generations with the same impact.

  18. This woman has no defect. OPRAH, YOU ARE A PERFECT PEARL OF WAKANDA.
    This video is brilliant! It gave me strength, courage and enthusiasm. She has great body language, diction and eloquence, and that speech was empowering! I fixed several sentences in my mind and will send to my cousins now. The examples brought by oprah made everything more visible. I love you so much! What an exciting trajectory. You deserve. I loved it so much and will watch more speeches like this every week.

  19. I was watching this video with my boys and they stood up clapping their hands for Oprah's message…. wow! what a beautiful feeling.

  20. Oprah new about Harvey Weinstein and done nothing about it at the time and remained by his side until he was found out.

  21. A BILLIONS % TOP BRILLIANT IMAGES AND THE NO.1 VERY HUMBLE FAMOUSE LEGEND AMAZING GREAT QUEEN OPRAH WINFREY OF ALL OVER o OF THE UNIVERSE AMEN AMEN AMEN CONGRATSTULATIONS … THANK YOU SO MUCH AND ILOVE YOU TOO … GOD BLESSING YOU ALL

  22. I dont know of one woman that has been oppressed in the work place except for by other women or well in Hollywood. Must be a East or West coast thing?

  23. I just dislike her, something is wrong about her. A feeling I can't explain. And I dont like people everyone says is amazing, to me that means something is not right. Oprah is not God, so why are people acting to be so impressed by such common advice " be true To yourself….." ?

  24. SHE WILL BE RUNNING FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE MUSIC STOPS VERY SOON.
    PEOPLE OF THE WORLD AND SPECIALLY IN USA ARE DONE LISTENING TO YOU TRUMPETING B.S.

  25. Oprah won a major award, and accepted that award, giving us a master class in not only how to accept an award, but in how to be a humble human being. Somehow she made it about others. Very classy.

  26. Her speech is incredible and even after watching it multiple times I'm still in tears. But honest to god the best part is the WATERFORDS applauding Oprah !!!

  27. "they become the leaders who take us to the time where no one has to say, "Me Too" again! Wow! What a visionary! This is on par with Four scores and seven years ago…how inspirational. I can't stop listening to it and it was done a year and 8 months ago.

  28. I have watched this speech every week since the globes. Oprah has always been a hero of mine and for many reasons of which I wont go I to here she has been a small part of my life being saved, more than once. If ever there was a voice that we needed more than ever, its hers. She has been a consistent force in the world. How she uses her voice, her experience and her clarity in explaining the darkness in humans is second to none. This speech cements the powerhouse that she is. There is no one like oprah or even comes close to power that she exudes, a power that she work hard for against all the odds as a black woman in Hollywood. She is quite simply the very best and I am beyond grateful that in my lifetime I had a human such as oprah to help nurture and guide me even through my darkest times. Forever always grateful for oprah and the legacy that she has made and continues to make

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