Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] [ Cheers and applause
continues ] -I’m so happy it was you.
Thank you. [ Cheers and applause
continues ] Ah. Thank you. Thank you, thank you. Thank you all. [ Cheers and applause
continues ] Thank you. Okay, okay. Thank you, Reese. In 1964,
I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of
my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft
present the Oscar for Best Actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope
and said five words that literally made history —
“The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most
elegant man I had ever seen. I remember, his tie was white, and, of course,
his skin was black, and I’d never seen a black man
being celebrated like that. And I have tried many, many,
many times to explain what a moment like that
means to a little girl, a kid watching
from the cheap seats, as my mom came through the door, bone tired from cleaning
other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote
and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance
in “Lilies of the Field,” “Amen, amen. Amen, amen.” [ Applause ] 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. [ Cheers and applause ] It is an honor — It is an honor,
and it is a privilege to share the evening
with all of them and also with the incredible men
and women who’ve inspired me, who’ve challenged me,
who’ve sustained me and made my journey
to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson, who took
a chance on me for “AM Chicago.” Quincy Jones,
who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sofia
in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle, who’s been the definition
of what a friend is. And Stedman, who’s been my rock. Just a few to name. I’d like to thank the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association. Because we all know that the
press is under siege these days. But we also know that it is
the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us
from turning a blind eye to corruption
and to injustice… [ Cheers and applause ] …to tyrants and victims,
and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value
the press more than ever before as we try to navigate
these complicated times, which brings me to this. What I know for sure
is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool
we all have. And I’m especially proud
and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough
and empowered enough to speak up and share
their personal stories. Each of us in this room
are celebrated because of the stories
that we tell, and this year,
we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment
industry. It’s one that transcends
any culture, geography, race, religion, politics,
or workplace. So I want tonight to express
gratitude to all the women who have endured
years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills
to pay and dreams to pursue. [ Applause ] They’re the women
whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers
and farm workers. They are working in factories,
and they work in restaurants, and they’re in academia, in engineering, in medicine,
in science. They’re part of the world of
tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes
in the Olympics, and they’re our soldiers
in the military, and there’s someone else. Recy Taylor. A name I know and I think
you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor
was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home
from a church service she’d attended
in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted
by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded
by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her
if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported
to the NAACP where a young worker
by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator
on her case, and together,
they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option
in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her
were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived, as we all have lived,
too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. And for too long, women have
not been heard or believed if they dare to speak their
truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. [ Cheers and applause ] Their time is up! [ Cheers and applause
continues ] Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor
died knowing that her truth, like the truth
of so many other women who were tormented
in those years, and even now tormented,
goes marching on. It was somewhere
in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later,
when she made the decision to stay seated
on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman
who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man —
every man who chooses to listen. In my career, what I’ve
always tried my best to do, whether on television
or through film, is to say something about
how men and women really behave, to say how we experience shame,
how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat,
persevere, and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed
people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things
life can throw at you, but the one quality
all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope
for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls
watching here and now to know that a new day
is on the horizon! [ Cheers and applause ] 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. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Cheers and applause
continues ]

Comments (100)

  1. Reesey Taylor and Rosa Parks did not die in vain

  2. We live in a world with so many injustice and corruption. But the worst part is that people treat that as normal. The world is so hopeless for many, it’s sad. The problems are bigger than we think and just who experienced once know the real situation we live. Persons like Oprah are the hope for many children and for their parents too, that wish the better for their children. We need more “Oprahs” in real life. Persons who really can help the others and really do, because most of them don’t care for the injustice.

  3. IT's July 2019 & I had to re watch this speech to find some hope again in the depth of all the hate. Waking up every morning to racist Tweets by our very own President of United States is appalling. Can you imagine children who are hearing his rhetoric & what they must be feeling or thinking. #GodHealAmerica!

  4. We need Oprah to do an intervention with the President before he leads us to a Civil War!

  5. Oprah 2024!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  6. This was the best speech that I ever saw. No joking. Oprah, your eloquence, inspiration and power of keep the attention it's really fantastic. It's prideful to see a black woman that receives a high-value award. Thanks for aggregate so much value in our minds and hearts. The world is less worst without you. "A new day is on the horizon", that was surely my favourite quote! I'd like to reassure that this presentation was the best I ever saw!

  7. I always rewatch this speech. Makes me cry with hope and hope is what keeps us going!

  8. After this speech a lot of men have fallen

  9. Easily, could be, the next President of the United States.

  10. This speech is extremely important, because, beyond a simple speech, it is a historical mark. Imagine how it was for Oprah to see, after a long time, the first black person to be honored in a gym and now being able to inspire others, as it was, is a very powerful event. I believe this speech is a great empathy's exercise for white people, like me, can minimally understand the power of representativeness for people who, in a painful historical process, have been denied it. I believe these words will cross the ages and reach future generations with the same impact.

  11. This woman has no defect. OPRAH, YOU ARE A PERFECT PEARL OF WAKANDA.
    This video is brilliant! It gave me strength, courage and enthusiasm. She has great body language, diction and eloquence, and that speech was empowering! I fixed several sentences in my mind and will send to my cousins now. The examples brought by oprah made everything more visible. I love you so much! What an exciting trajectory. You deserve. I loved it so much and will watch more speeches like this every week.

  12. How could u dislike a speech like that!!!u might be ill guys you're not even humans!!!! Go to hell.

  13. I was watching this video with my boys and they stood up clapping their hands for Oprah's message…. wow! what a beautiful feeling.

  14. Oprah new about Harvey Weinstein and done nothing about it at the time and remained by his side until he was found out.

  15. 2019 still watching, not sure how many times. Goosebumps everytime.#I'mSoInspired 😊😊😊😊😊😊


  17. Amazing speech.. articulate, formidable WOMAN. GOD BLESS U OPRAH

  18. But their time is up lol. What ?

  19. what’s with all the dislikes?

  20. The dislike ratio is high on this..28.5% as of now. Not surprising, she does waffle on a bit.

  21. #oprah2020 it is people!!!


  23. I dont know of one woman that has been oppressed in the work place except for by other women or well in Hollywood. Must be a East or West coast thing?

  24. The goosebumps tho


  26. 06:42 Angelina Jolie is a whole other thing

  27. She is such an inspiration love her

  28. It's 19th Aug 2019.. I was down n having a bad day so I came to be blessed and now I am

  29. I just dislike her, something is wrong about her. A feeling I can't explain. And I dont like people everyone says is amazing, to me that means something is not right. Oprah is not God, so why are people acting to be so impressed by such common advice " be true To yourself….." ?

  30. We don’t deserve oprah.

  31. its 4 am and I need this



  33. She's a disgusting hypocrite.

  34. 28/8/2019 and still can't stop watching and crying. Love this lady to pieces (Oprah Winfrey) my idol.

  35. Oprah won a major award, and accepted that award, giving us a master class in not only how to accept an award, but in how to be a humble human being. Somehow she made it about others. Very classy.

  36. Her speech is incredible and even after watching it multiple times I'm still in tears. But honest to god the best part is the WATERFORDS applauding Oprah !!!

  37. "they become the leaders who take us to the time where no one has to say, "Me Too" again! Wow! What a visionary! This is on par with Four scores and seven years ago…how inspirational. I can't stop listening to it and it was done a year and 8 months ago.

  38. I have watched this speech every week since the globes. Oprah has always been a hero of mine and for many reasons of which I wont go I to here she has been a small part of my life being saved, more than once. If ever there was a voice that we needed more than ever, its hers. She has been a consistent force in the world. How she uses her voice, her experience and her clarity in explaining the darkness in humans is second to none. This speech cements the powerhouse that she is. There is no one like oprah or even comes close to power that she exudes, a power that she work hard for against all the odds as a black woman in Hollywood. She is quite simply the very best and I am beyond grateful that in my lifetime I had a human such as oprah to help nurture and guide me even through my darkest times. Forever always grateful for oprah and the legacy that she has made and continues to make

  39. WOW. … She gave me life.

  40. everybody loves you oprah..including me….

  41. Drear Oprah Winfrey I wish I can talk to you one day you are amazing women I ever know.

  42. YOU HAVE A NEW SPEECH, MELANIA! Have someone transcribe this, Melania. Hurry!


  44. What is the name called of the man at 8:30?

  45. this is literally the only video i care about

  46. Who can finish watching this without tearing up?
    Oh my God, what a gift this woman is.


  48. I think we can all agree, she’s America’s favorite person.

  49. why so many dislike?

  50. My lord ENOUGH already with the oppression…Black Community will continue to TRAIN and BRAINWASH this country to feel SORRY for them…This crap will be going on 1000 Years from now

  51. LEGENDDDD!🖤🖤🖤

  52. Wow jus wow im a man and i was moved by the speech…this is an eloquent woman who's words speak volumes to the entire planet hopefully…im honored too have listened and really felt the content and basis…that was portrayed…..BRAVO…

  53. Oprah is a snakeeeeeee

  54. i love me some oprah 2020.

  55. I have goosebumps!Powerful speech

  56. Oprah is Oprah ! Just that and she needs no other title to crown her head

  57. A black woman receiving such an important prize in an overly racist and chauvinistic society is proof that the world is changing, thanks to people who have not shut up in the face of injustice. I hope she can encourage people with this speech to overcome prejudice and realize their dreams. Great speech!

  58. Look at Barbra 😍😍

  59. Inspiring video, because seeing a black woman being awarded and having global visibility allows you to break down many prejudices, inspire other girls, empower all women and in fact, start a new more feminine, less racist, more humane and more empathetic. I loved seeing so many influential people listening attentively and vibrating with Oprah's speeches, really very exciting!

  60. Exciting speech!

    Being awarded Oprah Winfrey talks about how important it was to her when Sidney Poitier, a black home, received the Oscar for best actor, the fact that he managed to win such a prestigious and competitive prize served as an inspiration to her who is also black. Receiving the globe also inspires many other women by being the first woman to receive this award.

  61. What a powerful speech. How crazy that took 66 years for the first black woman to win this prize. I'm happy that was Oprah the winner. I love the way that she used her moment to talk in the name of thousands of other people. Congrats, Oprah, you deserve it.

  62. 3:05 Barbara Streisand's face is what happens if someone slaps you hard in the back when you're holding in a sneeze.

  63. Biggest sellout ever u are no inspiration to no women except white ones Harvey Weinstein was your buffer now your under scrutiny to expose him u are a devil in true form

  64. She is ugly as hell

  65. Always wondered why she gave the speech like this. I admire her deeply. I think it is unbelievable what she has achieved. But this speech really does sounds like someone wanting to go into politics and is a step away from the White House. And then she says she will never go into politics. So why this speech? It was It was so orchestrated that it must have had a reason, but what was it?

  66. Oprah should be the president of the world

  67. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this over and over again. It’s so powerful and moving. I love her.

  68. The queen is a leader in England I do believe with all my heart that oprah deserves to be the first and black woman ever In history to have a seat on the oval office #she the voice of our generation

  69. Did she get that speech from her mind? She wasn't reading from somewhere?…incredible.

  70. “I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that before…”

    I find that incredibly powerful.


  72. I love all of Oprah's speeches…. Very powerful and enlightening…. Thank you oprah….

  73. Every time I hear this speech. I get chills

  74. BAM when she says their time is up OH HELL YES the way she said it wooooooooooh with such damn authority LOVE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT

  75. This is a good speech, as good as JK Rowlings Harvard Speech

  76. The best 10 minutes of my life

  77. DAMN!! That still makes me cry😊

  78. this just made me ugly cry

  79. So touching is op

  80. I’m a 17 years old girl sitting on my parents bed in Milwaukee. Wow

  81. reese witherspoon looks so sexy

  82. Who’s watching this in year 9999 👽👽👽👽

  83. I haven't even watched this yet and know it'll be great. Oprah, you are a cultural icon. Now that I have, I cried so much..

  84. I’m voting for Oprah

  85. speech level = Oprah

  86. In my true story I want to tell that I try to speak English because I didn't know what kind of things she said and now I know and she left me speechless. Strong powerful and marvelous.

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