Oprah’s Speech Impacts Golden Globe Awards

Juliet Watstein, Associate Editor

The 75th Golden Globe Awards honored American films and television of 2017. Hosted by Seth Meyers, this big award show was broadcast live from the Beverly Hills Hilton January 7.

Lady Bird, Three Billboards and The Shape of Water were films that won big, followed by TV shows The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

The unforgettable moment of the night was Oprah Winfrey’s heartfelt speech regarding sexual abuse, race issues, and societal concerns. She spoke on behalf of the individuals who encountered such unfair treatment. Her powerful acceptance speech was followed by herself receiving the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

She acknowledged to the audience how special it is for her to become the first black woman to accept the award. Her message was to provoke the thought of others so that nobody has to say “me too” again. Oprah’s inspirational speech brought tears to the eyes of many. The stars in the crowd all dressed in black in support of the #metoo movement. The #metoo movement unites women who have been sexually assaulted. The hashtag is flooding every social media app and shares personal stories of women who have experienced similar situations. The #metoo movement started by singer/actress Alyssa Milano to address the problem of sexual misconduct.

She explained that the world needs to be aware of the magnitude of the issue and understood it affects many individuals today. Ever since her first tweet in early October in regards to the #metoo movement, many women have opened up about their stories online through social media. Lots of chatter has arisen on social media of Oprah Winfrey running for President of the United States in the year 2020. Conspiracies say it is a possibility. Many have shared their opinions of her possible run for presidency; most are positive.