Since the introduction of the renowned Golden Globe Awards in 1944, there have been many memorable moments that have resonated with viewers and fans. Each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press honors the top achievements in film, from directors to producers, and actors. Among these honors and awards is the recognition for outstanding contributions in the entertainment industry. Upon the acceptance of these awards, we have seen some remarkably uplifting speeches and moments that viewers won’t soon forget.
This year, Oprah Winfrey was honored with a prestigious award. Introduced in 1950, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is a special honorary award that is received by an individual who demonstrates outstanding contributions and is an international figure in entertainment. Names like Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, among many others, have been recognized for this achievement. However, Oprah Winfrey became the first ever African-American woman to receive the award, and she made her moment count.
Paying a tribute to her past, and honoring and recognizing those before her who made this moment possible, Oprah made sure that praises were due for Sidney Poitier, who became the first-ever African-American man to have won the award back in 1982. As she’s done many times before, Oprah captivated the audience from the get-go, with her very presence and bold words. Everybody had her attention, with wide eyes and open ears, hoping to cherish every moment. Addressing powerful issues like the Hollywood sex scandal and the empowerment of women, Oprah was one with the audience and viewers worldwide, as people of all ages couldn’t help but be inspired.
Oprah, who is an American media proprietor, former talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, has never been a stranger to the stage. And she has never failed to capitalize on moments of influence and inspiration. Although she has always had a strong stage presence and following and has already won the hearts of America and fans worldwide, her empowering speech at this year’s Golden Globes leaves people wondering if she would consider running for the presidency.
With uplifting words like “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have” and a promise to the female population saying “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon” Oprah reached out and captured the hearts of many who were inevitably inspired. In a time where women are still being mistreated, and at a time where many are still silenced from speaking out, these are the empowering words that too many people needed to hear. Recognizing the struggle, but also the light that’s ahead of it all is something America has been waiting for. Through her humble beginnings and strong moral leadership, Oprah has the empathy and power to liberate the people through dark times.
While she was recognized, “Oprah Winfrey for President” floated in the Los Angeles air, passing through the Beverly Hills Hotel where the biggest names in Hollywood gathered that evening. Although she has no political background, much like Donald Trump didn’t, she exemplifies the power to captivate a nation, as she has done for decades now. When asked if she would actually consider running, her lifelong partner Stedman Graham confirmed that “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.” People took to Twitter to start the ‘#Oprah2020’ trend, hoping that America’s savior was now finally here.
Oprah has long been a woman of the people, with her heart of gold and philanthropic endeavors over the years that have changed the lives of countless people. She has in many ways been a reflection of the people, through her struggles and perseverance to ultimately achieving the American dream, and helping others do so as well. A woman of her stature and prestige could definitely achieve a lot in terms of presidential candidacy, as she has made it clear endless times before that she is about the people, and for the people. Through her powerful speech, she certainly made her mark and uplifted the spirits of a nation. She gave but a glimpse of the impact she could make if considered for such a position. What a way for her to continue making waves and breakthroughs, by potentially leading a nation of people who have long been awaiting a new hope, and a new day.
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