“God help the person that wins the Cecil B. DeMille Award next year,” remarked our writer Tony Ruiz in Gold Derby’s Golden Globes post-show webchat (watch the video here). Added senior editor Daniel Montgomery, “It will have to be the literal second coming of Christ.” What they’re referring to, of course, is the one-two punch of Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep captivating Hollywood — and indeed, the world — two years in a row with their passionate Golden Globes speeches about equality and standing up for the truth. Both made for riveting television, but whose speech tugged at your heartstrings the most? Vote in our poll below.
At Sunday’s Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey used her moment in the spotlight to highlight the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements that advocate for protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. The crowd of A-listers gave multiple standing ovations for the speech that was voted Gold Derby’s favorite moment from the 2018 Golden Globes. Political pundits even started to wonder if this was perhaps Winfrey’s way of dipping her toe into politics. Might she run for President in 2020 against Donald Trump?
One year earlier, Meryl Streep made headlines by attacking Trump at the podium, who responded by tweeting she was “over-rated.” Streep specifically honed in on the President’s mocking of a disabled reporter, declaring, “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” It was a goosebumps-inducing moment that rallied all of Hollywood around the man in the highest office, though she notably never mentioned him by name.
Whose Golden Globes speech affected you the most: Oprah Winfrey or Meryl Streep? Vote now and then defend your choice down in the comments section. And also give us your thoughts on who you think should be next year’s Cecil B. DeMille recipient.