At this year's Golden Globe Awards, media icon Oprah Winfrey received the Cecile B. DeMille Award in typical Oprah fashion — by delivering one of the night's most memorable speeches. Winfrey's A Wrinkle In Time co-star Reese Witherspoon presented her with the award, and gushed about the experience of working so closely with her during the making of the film."There's only one person whose name is a verb, an adjective, and a feeling ... If you get the chance to be in close quarters with Oprah for 4 hours, you take it!"
Viewers watched a montage of some of Oprah's biggest moments, her work as the creator and host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as her roles as actress, producer, businesswoman, author, spokeswoman and everyone's favorite audience gift-giver.
To raucous applause, the media maven's acceptance speech began with her recounting the time she watched legendary actor Sidney Poitier become the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964. Poitier himself would later go on to win the Cecil B. DeMille award.
"I had never seen a Black man celebrated like that," Winfrey said. "It's not lost on me that there are little girls watching me right now as I become the first Black woman to win this award."
Her speech pivoted toward the conversations surrounding sexual misconduct and assault that have come up all throughout the night after a tumultuous 2017 shed light on one of Hollywood (and the world's) not-so-well-kept secrets. "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool that we all have," Winfrey said, expressing her gratitude for the women who have come forward but also highlighting the importance of the voices of women whose "names we will never know."
"For too long women have not been heard or believed when they tried to speak their truth to the power of those men - but their time is up," she continued. "Their time is up!" Met with a standing ovation, it was obvious that her words resonated with those in the room.
The speech is already receiving major love on social media, with Atlanta writer and star Donald Glover sending this simple tweet right after the speech aired.