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Watch Oprah Winfrey's Powerful Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech at Golden Globes

09 January 2018

If there was one true victor of the 2018 Golden Globes, it was Oprah Winfrey.

On the other hand, I could argue that she should be disqualified simply on the basis of her promotion of "The Secret", a multimedia juggernaut that claimed that the entire universe and every moment of human experience are governed by "the law of attraction". However Trump himself told Winfrey in 1988 that he too would likely not run for president and yet he now sits in the White House.

"Some have said that night convinced him to run", he continued. "And if that's true, I would just like to say Oprah you will never be President".

"It's up to the people", her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.

"It is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies", she said. "And it's here with every woman who chooses to say, "me, too', and every man who chooses to listen".

Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in 2015, shortly after announcing his presidential bid, that a 2016 ticket of Trump for president and Winfrey for vice president would be a lock for the White House. "I think Oprah would be great".

This is not the first time this suggestion has been made, nor is Oprah the first celebrity who has inspired that kind of talk (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has said he's "seriously considering" running).

Winfrey herself has never publicly stated any cut-and-dried desire to run for office - reportedly saying "I don't - I don't" backstage at the Globes when asked if she planned to run.

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While the film categories may have been lacking diversity, the TV categories shone as Aziz Ansari became the first man of Asian descent to win for Best Actor in a TV comedy with Master of None, Sterling K. Brown the first black man to win for Best Actor in a TV drama with This Is Us, and Oprah the first black woman to take home the Cecile B. DeMille. Dern gave one of the most specific speeches of the night addressing the Time's Up agenda, reminding her colleagues of the concept of restorative justice - saying that it's important to support and employ those who have reported abuse and harassment. Neither I nor anyone else really knows how she would respond to the challenges of that most challenging job. "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", she said.

There were other moments, unrelated to this through line: Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric (probably an understatement) writer-director of the bad (probably an understatement) 2003 film The Room, joined James Franco on stage as Franco accepted the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy or musical for playing Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

Winfrey's speech was the most Tweeted moment of the Golden Globes.

Musicians and celebs turned to social media to applaud Winfrey.

"I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts", she said.

Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena. "She stopped going out at night "'cause I was afraid that maybe something else might happen".

"She's lost her mind now", Winfrey said.

Tagging the author, she wrote, "Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!"