Oprah Declares ‘New Day’ For Women In Campaign-like Globe Speech

Oprah Declares 'New Day' For Women In Campaign-like Globe Speech
Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey poses during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

 

Oprah Winfrey on Sunday declared a “new day” for women and girls facing down abusive men as her powerful speech to the Golden Globe Awards stirred talk that she has a political future.

Within moments of the daytime television trailblazer’s remarks at the Hollywood gala, effusive fans called for her to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, although she has given no indication she is interested.

The 63-year-old Winfrey, whose former talk show ushered in an era of confessional television and helped make her a billionaire, delivered a forceful but tightly focused speech that brought together issues of gender, poverty and race as she accepted a lifetime achievement award.

She saluted the #MeToo movement that has quickly gained steam after revelations of rampant sexual misconduct by film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Paying tribute to Recy Taylor, an African American woman who daringly reported her 1944 gang rape by six white men in Alabama and died last month just short of her 98th birthday, Winfrey deplored “a culture broken by brutally powerful men.”

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up! Their time is up!” Winfrey said to a standing ovation and even some tears in the audience.

“So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said.

“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,” she said.

– Hailing role of media –

Winfrey highlighted her own life rising up from a violence-scarred childhood. She recalled her awe as a girl watching television in Milwaukee when Sidney Poitier became the first black person to win the Oscar for best actor in 1964.

She also hailed the role of the media, so often maligned by Trump as “fake news.”

“It’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice,” she said.

“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times.”

At the start of the Golden Globes, host Seth Meyers playfully encouraged Winfrey to run for president against Trump, who made history by winning despite never holding a previous political or military position.

Meyers had appeared at the now infamous 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner where he and then President Barack Obama mocked the idea of Trump in the White House. The real estate mogul fumed in his seat.

“Some have said that night convinced him to run. So, if that’s true, I just want to say, Oprah, you will never be president. You do not have what it takes,” Meyers said, while also proposing actor Tom Hanks as a vice presidential candidate.

– Fans see White House –

For some of Winfrey’s fans, a presidential run didn’t seem far-fetched after her speech, with the topic quickly taking off on social media.

“As I sit here in tears…I have never ever seen such a speech,” the country singer Billy Gilman wrote on Twitter.

“@Oprah, my friend. Please run for President. This world needs more of THAT. WOW.”

Winfrey had generally stayed away from overt politics until the 2008 election when she campaigned vigorously for Obama in an endorsement credited with helping him secure the Democratic Party’s nomination.

The then governor of Illinois briefly considered Winfrey to replace Obama in the Senate, but she did not voice interest.

With her vast audience and quickly relatable style, Winfrey has long been considered one of America’s most influential celebrities.

Her show has helped raise discussion in the United States on issues ranging from gay rights to abusive puppy breeding mills, while her endorsement power is avidly sought by the publishing industry.

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List Of Golden Globe Winners

List Of Golden Globe Winners
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 07: Filmmaker Guillermo del Doro (L), winner of the award for Best Director (Motion Picture) for ‘The Shape of Water,’ attends the Official Viewing and After Party of The Golden Globe Awards bosted by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Greg Doherty/Getty Images/AFP

 

Here is the list of winners for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Beverly Hills:

– FILM –

Best film, drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best film, musical or comedy: “Lady Bird”

Best director:  Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Best actor, drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best actress, drama: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best actor, musical or comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Best actress, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Best supporting actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best supporting actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Best screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best foreign language film: “In the Fade”

Best animated feature: “Coco”

Best original score: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

Best original song: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”

– TELEVISION –

Best drama series: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best drama actor: Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”

Best drama actress: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best musical or comedy series: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best musical or comedy actor: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Best musical or comedy actress: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best limited series or TV movie: “Big Little Lies”

Best limited series or TV movie actor: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Best limited series or TV movie actress: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

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Frances McDormand Wins Actress Drama Globe For ‘Three Billboards’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 07: Actors Sally Hawkins (L) and Frances McDormand, winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’and Martin McDonagh attend FOX, FX and Hulu 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Presley Ann / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Frances McDormand won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama Sunday for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” in which she plays a mother determined to find answers over her daughter’s murder.

McDormand, whose film also won the best drama movie, triumphed in a field that included Meryl Streep in journalism thriller “The Post” and Sally Hawkins in fantasy romance “The Shape of Water.”

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Abuse Drama ‘Big Little Lies’ Wins At Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 07: Nathan Ross, Bruna Papandrea and Gregg Fienberg of ‘Big Little Lies’ attend HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Emma McIntyre / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

The Golden Globes on Sunday honoured television shows tackling the abuse of women, with “Big Little Lies,” a mini-series that highlights domestic violence, and the dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale” the night’s big winners.

The Emmy-winning “Big Little Lies” — which stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley as three California mothers hiding huge secrets — earned the Globe for best TV movie or limited series.

It also took home a trio of acting awards — best actress for Kidman as an abused wife, best supporting actor for Alexander Skarsgard as her violent husband and supporting actress for Laura Dern, who plays a mother trying to find out who is bullying her daughter.

The HBO series, directed by Canada’s Jean-Marc Vallee, was conceived as a seven-episode adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, but has been renewed for a second season after taking home eight Emmys in September.

It aired amid a growing societal focus on the treatment of women as the #MeToo movement gathered force following revelations of chronic sexual harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and others.

“This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now — abuse,” Kidman said as she accepted her fourth Golden Globe.

“I do believe, and I hope, we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive,” she said.

Skarsgard, a veteran Swedish actor who won his first Golden Globe, saluted Kidman on stage.

“Nicole, I love you. Thank you for making this the greatest experience of my career,” he said.

– More acclaim for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ –

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” a series about a misogynistic authoritarian regime that takes control amid a fertility crisis, won in the separate category of best television drama series with its star Elisabeth Moss taking best actress.

It was the latest victory for the series of on-demand service Hulu, which won five Emmys.

Moss paid tribute to Margaret Atwood, whose book was the basis for the series.

“This is for you and the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world,” Moss said.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an Amazon Studios series about a woman who becomes an unlikely stand-up comedian after splitting with her husband, won best comedy or musical series, and its star Rachel Brosnahan won best actress.

“This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman, and I’m endlessly proud to be a part of it. But there are so many women’s stories out there that need and deserve to be told,” Brosnahan said.

Aziz Ansari won his first Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy for “Master of None,” his series about the adventures of a struggling New York actor.

“I genuinely didn’t think I would win because all the websites said I was going to lose,” Ansari said.

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Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Best Actor

oscarsLeonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar for survival epic The Revenant, after six nominations.

He was named best actor at the 88th Academy Awards, with Brie Larson named best actress Oscar for Room.

Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, after a night peppered with punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.

In a ceremony where no single movie commanded attention, Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for “The Revenant”, becoming the first filmmaker in more than 60 years to win back-to-back Academy Awards. Inarritu won in 2015 for “Birdman.”

“The Revenant” went into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading 12 nominations, and was among four movies believed to have the best chances for best picture after it won Golden Globe and BAFTA trophies.

The ambitious 20th Century Fox (FOXA.O) Pioneer-era tale, shot in sub-zero temperatures, also brought a first Oscar win for its star Leonardo DiCaprio, who got a standing ovation from the A-list Hollywood audience.

“I do not take tonight for granted,” DiCaprio said, taking the opportunity in his acceptance speech to urge action on climate change.

Yet voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Open Road Films’ (RGC.N) “Spotlight,” which traces the Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of child sex abuse by Catholic priests, for best picture. The movie also won best original screenplay.

“This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice, which we hope can become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican,” said producer Michael Sugar.

Rising star Brie Larson, 26, took home the statuette for best actress for her role as an abducted young woman in indie movie “Room,” adding to her armful of trophies from other award shows.

Jennifer Aniston Marries Justin Theroux

Hollywood Comedy Actor, Jennifer Aniston, has tied the knot with her fellow actor Justin Theroux in an intimate ceremony at home.

The ceremony included about 70 guests such as Aniston’s former “Friends” co-star Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler and Howard Stern amongst others.

The couple have been friends for many years before their 3-year relationship.

Aniston’s romantic life has been on focus since her split from husband Brad Pitt in 2005.

Aniston’s role as Rachel Green on the hit NBC show “Friends”, which aired for 10 years starting in 1994, catapulted her into superstardom and earned her an Emmy. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role in the 2014 movie “Cake.”

Theroux stars in the HBO series ‘The Leftovers’ and has had roles in ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Six Feet Under’ and movies such as ‘Zoolander’, ‘Mulholland Drive’ and ‘Wanderlust’, a 2012 film also starring Aniston.