Oprah Winfrey made history Sunday night when she was the recipient the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards, becoming the first black woman to earn the distinction.
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It was Reese Witherspoon, co-star to Winfrey in the upcoming “Wrinkle In Time” film, who presented the award to the mogul, opening up with a statement in which she noted that “there’s only one person whose name is a verb, an adjective, and a feeling, and that is Oprah.”
Upon gracing the stage, Oprah’s overture included a bout self-reflection, paying homage to the past while encouraging all women to look toward the future.
“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,” she said as she began to wrap up. “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 the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all 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, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because a lot magnificent women, many 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.”