During the 2018 Golden Globe Awards show, Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. de Mille award for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
In her speech, Winfrey talked about Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor, and the #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements. The former talk show host’s words captivated the audience and it earned her multiple standing ovations:
She said, in part:
“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, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! 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.”
At the top of the show, host Seth Meyers got the conversation around Winfrey running for the 46th President of the United States started. He said during his opening monologue:
“And Oprah, while I have you, in 2011 I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — jokes about how he was unqualified to be president — and 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! And Hanks! Where is Hanks? You will never be vice president! You are too mean and unrelatable. Now we just wait and see.”
Now Hollywood and other Americans are begging Winfrey to run in 2020, the L.A. Times reports:
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 8, 2018
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 8, 2018
Oprah 2020!!!!! Best speech of the night!!
— Bob Harper (@MyTrainerBob) January 8, 2018
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) January 8, 2018
Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the L.A. Times that becoming president is something she would love to do:
“It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.”
And longtime best friend, Gayle King, fellow actress, Eva Longoria, singer Keith Urban, and Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan F. Horn, would absolutely support Winfrey’s decision to run:
“I thought that speech was incredible. I got goosebumps,” she [King] also told The Times.
“She knows how to deliver it too,” Horn remarked. “She’s really emotional.”
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Even Trump himself entertained the thought of Winfrey fighting for a spot in office…as his running mate. Watching the 2015 interview below: