"That woman has provided such a service to this country with her show and she was sort of this connective tissue between the people of America and what was going on in the world and what they need to focus on and open their minds to things".
Winfrey continued, "So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon". That's what makes them a good venue for takeover.
The red-carpet activism went beyond black dresses.
But with all the eloquent speeches, none roused the room like Winfrey's, who had the crowd giving her repeated ovations as she issued a warning - not once, but three times - to powerful men who abuse women: "Their time is up!" And E!, which normally inquires about dresses and asks women to pose for photos of their shoes and nails, broadcast interview after interview in which these activists were introduced and their organizations named. "It is in reference to a joke made during the opening monologue and not meant to be a political statement". You can't criticise Trump for having no relevant experience or evident understanding of public policy, then say that the solution for Democrats is just to throw up their hands and find their own celebrity to promote.
The network sent out the tweet following a joke by presenter, American comedian Seth Meyers. Issa Rae read one, Billy Eichner read one, Jessica Chastain read one. And it was probably better for Meyers to share the time he had on stage than it would have been for him to try to come forward with ever more brutal jokes. Check out some of the best comments from Pharrell, Sarah Silverman and many more. Allison Janney won for playing Tonya Harding's mother in I, Tonya.
"Honestly, President Winfrey, it just rolls of the tongue", Zoe Kravitz of "Big Little Lies" told ABC News' Lara Spencer backstage at the awards show, standing with co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. "Lady Bird" took best picture (musical or comedy).
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It's not my understanding that they're going to talk about anything further. "It's a start, it's big start", he said. The Trump administration has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Olympics.
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Watson's guest was Marai Larasi , executive director of Imkaan , a black-feminist network organization. Amy Poehler posed with Saru Jayaraman , workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers.
Just as much of the night reflected the wide concerns people are feeling around abuse, it also reflected limitations that are often found in the responses to it.
The talk-show legend, actor and media mogul received the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award during the event Sunday night, becoming the first black woman to earn the accolade which recognizes those who made "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment".
Though Winfrey has previously denied that she plans to run for office, the night refueled the conversation, with her longtime partner Stedman Graham even telling the L.A. Times: "It's up to the people". They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice.
Winfrey's next role is in Ava DuVernay's movie "A Wrinkle in Time", which comes out in April. It seemed to rile up Natalie Portman, who came out with Ron Howard to present the award for Best Director and pointedly introduced the "all-male nominees".
If the speculation is wishful thinking, Winfrey's fame and wealth, extraordinary personal story overcoming poverty, teenage rape and pregnancy to build a $2.6 billion fortune and Oscar-nominated acting career, would stack up nicely in her favor. In the Fade, starring Diane Kruger as a woman coping with tragedy, won for best foreign-language film.
While most of the talk was about progress in the sphere of gender, actor Sterling K. Brown of TV's "This Is Us" addressed progress of a different kind: he was the first black actor to win the Globe for best actor in a TV drama.