Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 – 10:44 AM
Talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during Sunday evening’s Golden Globe Awards, and she delivered a rousing speech foretelling a world devoid of mistreatment of women.
Speaking to the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Hilton, Winfrey said she remembered watching on television as a child in 1964 when Sidney Poitier won the Oscar for best actor in “Lilies of the Field.”
“I remember his tie was white and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that,” Winfrey said, noting that Poitier also later received the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
“… 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,” she said.
Winfrey also acknowledged the revelations of the past year involving sexual harassment in Hollywood, and noted that the problem goes well beyond the entertainment industry. But she said young girls can now be given assurance that “a new day is on the horizon.”
“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 they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say `me too’ again.”
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is presented to a performer who has made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Meryl Streep was last year’s recipient. Other past recipients include Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams and Martin Scorsese.
While best known for her 25-year stint as host of the syndicated afternoon talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Winfrey received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “The Color Purple.” She also appeared in the films “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Selma.”
Winfrey starred in the made-for-HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and will appear in “Wrinkle in Time” set to be released in March.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna called Winfrey “a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress” who “has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world.”