The Golden Globes offered many memorable moments this year, not least when Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille Award on Sunday night.
The honorary award is given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
Streep then took to the stage to accept her award, and began spouting a speech to remember.
She began her speech remarking how diverse Hollywood is. She went around the room and pointed out the backgrounds of Canadian Ryan Gosling, Italian born Amy Adams, Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman and Ethiopian-born Ruth Negga, amongst others.
“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that. Breathtaking, compassionate work.”
Before she took a classy swipe at the President elect without naming him:
“But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
She was referring to Donald Trump mocking a New York Times reporter for his disability.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Streep used her speech to call the press to hold Donald Trump to account during his presidency for his divisive policies:
“Ok, this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution.
So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 9, 2017
In an emotional finish, Meryl said, As my friend, the dear, departed Princess Leia said to me once: ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.’
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