March 8, 2018

2018 Golden Globes: A Night to Remember

Maddie Herman  ‘19

On January 7, women in long black gowns and men in matching suits sat down for a night of golden trophies, cheers and laughter. They were all awaiting a night that would go down in history.
The 2018 Golden Globe awards was certainly a night to remember. It was the first award show in history to address the prominent issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Many guests wore black to stand with the victims of sexual harassment and others wore to pins to show their support for the fight against gender inequality.
“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Eva Longoria, former star of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” said.
While the night was filled with many impressive awards, one award stood out in particular. The Cecil B. DeMille award for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Entertainment was given to Oprah Winfrey on account of her impressive acts of kindness and charity. After receiving the award, Winfrey delivered an incredibly empowering speech bringing her audience to their feet and many to tears.
Winfrey began her speech by discussing herself “sitting on the linoleum floor of [her] mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor… [to] Sidney Poitier."; a man who would so go on to be the first African American  to win the Cecil B. Demille award.
“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.”
She then highlighted the story of Recy Taylor; a victim of six counts of rape who never saw justice for her pain.
"She lived – as we all have lived – in a culture broken by brutally powerful men," Winfrey said. "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up."
At the end of the speech, the audience rose to their feet and applauded Winfrey for her inspirational words.
However, this may have been more than a moving acceptance speech. Many viewed this speech as Winfrey’s entrance into the political world. One phrase from her speech, “a new day is on the horizon,” can even be seen as a possible campaign slogan.
After the show, the internet exploded with thousands of tweets and posts of Winfrey’s potentially upcoming political career. People suggested that she run for president in the 2020 election.
Many celebrities, such as John Stamos and Sarah Silverman, have expressed their support for Winfrey’s possible campaign by tweeting #oprah2020.
Meryl Streep stated that Oprah “launched a rocket” by diving into the political world.
"I want her to run for president," Streep said. "I don't think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn't have a choice."
Countless other celebrities have voiced their support for Winfrey’s campaign, as well.
In a recent tweet, Leslie Odom Jr. said “She’s running. A new day is on the way.”
Zoe Kravitz of "Big Little Lies" echod Odom Jr.’s sentiments, stating, "Honestly, President Winfrey, it just rolls of the tongue.”
In the past, Winfrey had expressed her opposition to the idea of running for president.
"There will be no running for office of any kind for me," Winfrey stated in an interview with Larry King in 1999.

However, despite denials, it looks like a presidential campaign may be in her cards.

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