Oprah's Golden Globes Speech Sparks Rumors of Presidential Run

Oprah's Golden Globes Speech Sparks Rumors of Presidential Run

Just about everyone, woman and man, celebrity and red-carpet reporters, was dressed in black Sunday, many of them wearing a Time's Up pin. But it was her support of women calling out sexual harassment that fueled talk among Democrats in states where presidential runs usually begin, Iowa and New Hampshire. With receiving the award Oprah delivered one of the night's most memorable speeches.

Spielberg told Britain's The Guardian newspaper that "Oprah Winfrey would make an absolutely brilliant president", adding, "If she declares, I will back her". This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around.

Actor Adam Pally said, "What about the 16 counts of sexual harassment and assault levelled against your dad".

Several winners used their acceptance speeches to address the hot-button issue. Becoming the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. De Mille lifetime achievement award, her speech wove together gender, poverty and race. "Their time is up!". Winfrey said to a standing ovation and even some tears in the audience. We stand with all those who have endured sexual harassment: those who have come forward and those who have made a decision to remain quiet. "Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story". "Let's keep the conversation alive". "I don't, I don't", she reportedly said backstage when asked if she planned to run. On Jan. 1, the National Women's Law Center announced the creation of the Time's Up Movement, a legal defense fund to raise money for women and men to fight sexual harassment.

To the casual observer, the speech was vintage Winfrey. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. She stunned in an off-the-shoulder black gown.

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As her longtime partner Stedman Graham watched from the audience, she told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on December 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944. Taylor died late a year ago at the age of 97. But their time is up.

She expressed gratitude for Taylor and all the women who were silenced when they spoke out about powerful men, the women who worked in factories, farms, as domestic workers and in academia, whose names will never be known.

According to a PEOPLE source, there was some resistance against the blackout before the red carpet on Sunday. As if she knew people wondered how anyone could follow that tour de force, Portman introduced the Best Director category at Ron Howard's side by way of brightly stating, "And here are the all-male nominees!" with wicked precision. Guillermo del Toro's Cold War-era fantasy "The Shape of Water" won for its score and del Toro's directing.

"All of you should have been included", she said to Argento and Rosanna Arquette, who has also accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, but added that it's still "great" that the universal message of equality permeated the awards show. Attendees were therefore encouraged to wear black in order to show solidarity with victims and accusers.

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