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Excerpt: "On Sunday, the 75th annual Golden Globes awards kicked off Hollywood's countdown to the Oscars with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business."

Oprah Winfrey, who won the Cecil B. DeMille Award, brought the crowd to its feet - and to tears - with her speech. (photo: NBC News)
Oprah Winfrey, who won the Cecil B. DeMille Award, brought the crowd to its feet - and to tears - with her speech. (photo: NBC News)


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Actresses Protest at Golden Globes, Oprah 1st Black Woman to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

By teleSUR

08 January 18


They dressed in black as a support for the Time’s Up Campaign, launched earlier this week, to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

n Sunday, the 75th annual Golden Globes awards kicked off Hollywood’s countdown to the Oscars with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as stars showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment after a scandal that has roiled show business.

Emma Stone, Amy Poehler, Jessica Biel, Kerry Washington, Christina Hendricks, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Laura Dern and Claire Foy were among early arrivals who wore black for the Beverly Hills ceremony.

Dern brought Monica Ramirez, president of the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance (Alianza Nacional De Campesinas), which is part of the Time’s Up alliance, as her Golden Globes date.

TV mogul and sometimes-actress, Oprah Winfrey, received a standing ovation following an iconic speech, given after she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at Sunday's ceremony.

“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” Winfrey said in her powerful speech. “It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”

Winfrey is the first African-American woman to receive the prestigious accolade. 

The media maven, who stars in the upcoming "A Wrinkle In Time" – directed by Ava DuVernay, the first woman of color to helm a $100 million film – addressed a plethora of topics, including racism, sexism, the #MeToo movement as well as honoring civil rights icons Rosa Parks and the late Recy Taylor.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," Winfrey said.

The men of Hollywood also 'wore' their support, with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Aziz Ansari and Ricky Martin sporting black shirts to match their tuxedos.

Multiple allegations against actors, filmmakers and Hollywood agents since October 2017 have led to many of the accused being fired, forced to step down, or dropped from creative projects. Some of the A-list stars attending the Globes ceremony have given their own harrowing accounts.

First-time Globes host Seth Meyers skilfully addressed the sexual misconduct issue delivering zingers to Hollywood’s A-list talent at the event. Prior to the show, Meyers expressed that joking about the matter could prove challenging. 

“Fingers crossed we meet the right tone, but that’s certainly our goal,” the talk show host said ahead of the three-hour show. “I‘m looking forward to seeing what people do as much as you are.”

When it comes to the awards, the race is wide open, but the presence of Latino nominees has been scarce.

Yet, Guillermo del Toro managed to take home the Globe for best director of a motion picture at Sunday's show and Disney-Pixar's beloved animated feature "Coco" won in the Best Animated Film category.

Chile's Sebastian Lelio’s "A Fantastic Woman", which competed the Best Foreign Language film category, lost out to Germany's "In the Fade".


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+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-08 14:40
I read that NBC is calling Oprah the next president. NBC is apologizing and taking it back, but there are many other voices who want to see Oprah run.

For me, I'd like to see someone with real experience in government. Since Reagan we've only had one president with significant experience in government and that was GHW Bush and he was CIA and nothing else. I'm tired of actors, ego-maniacs, grifters, and sock puppets of the Deep State. Oprah is nice but she should stick to her old job.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2018-01-08 21:11
Oprah Winfrey has star power and more than a touch of charisma. She would galvanize the Democrats into an irresistible force. I think she could handle King Donald with ease putting together a first rate progressive program. Somehow, it seems altogether fitting that the first woman president be black.
 
 
-1 # kyzipster 2018-01-09 09:38
Oprah is actually a billionaire, Trump is probably a couple of billion in the red, in debt to the reds.

She would be a master at PR, that's no small thing in a culture where people create their political identity with a handful of simple minded soundbites. It's what made Reagan's Presidency so successful, from an Alan Greenspan point of view. We laughed at his cowboy hat, his shallow John Wayne, patriotic machismo in the 1980s and we're still fighting against what he set in motion.

With this quality she would be more effective than Kerry, Gore or Sanders, all of whom have a lot experience in Washington. Sanders gives a great speech but he's no Oprah and his age is making another run for president questionable. Everybody loves Oprah. Of course it would all depend on her agenda, who she would choose for advisers and her own beliefs.
 

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