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Oprah Winfrey honored at Golden Globes, speech pays homage to Recy Taylor

Oprah Winfrey honored at Golden Globes, speech pays homage to Recy Taylor

Speculation abounded long before Sunday night that Oprah might be the Democrats' best bet, if that was her desire, to give Mr. Trump a trouncing in the 2020 presidential elections - if he chose to seek a second term.

"Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast", the network said.

Winfrey, a filmmaker, actor, philanthropist, Presidential Medal Of Freedom victor and star of the upcoming adaptation "A Wrinkle in Time", said speaking up is more important now than ever, as the media and the very idea of facts are under siege.

The 63-year-old Winfrey, whose former talk show ushered in an era of confessional television and helped make her a billionaire, delivered a forceful but tightly focused speech that brought together issues of gender, poverty and race as she accepted a lifetime achievement award.

The Golden Globes slighted President Donald Trump in a very different way than past recent award shows: in jokes, introductions, and acceptance speeches.

At the start of the Golden Globes, host Seth Meyers playfully encouraged Winfrey to run for president against Trump, who made history by winning despite never holding a previous political or military position.

She followed up, "No, that won't be happening, but I mean, I did used to think, well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know". She spoke about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best-actor Oscar in 1964 and likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win that trophy, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women today. And she added: "Trust me: The women in this room tonight are not here for the food".

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Holding court in the VIP row of tables up front, Winfrey sat with Gayle King and Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay, their seats turned toward the stage, where word of the internet campaign reached her.

Some of Winfrey's confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said. "Never let it be said that I don't respect the president of the United States". And if that's true, I would just like to say Oprah you will never be President... now we just wait and see'.

"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. The eldest man in the group, Herbert Lovett, ordered Recy and her friends to stop, and when they refused, he pointed a gun at them. "I am there for her". But in 2018, Winfrey said she was "especially proud and inspired" by those who have shared their tales of sexual assault and harassment, galvanizing the country to action.

Of Weinstein, Meyers said, "He'll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed in the In Memoriam". If you needed a new roof put on your house and somebody came to you saying, "I'm a computer programmer, not a roofer", going on to explain that the roofing business is a mess and all you need is some outside-the-box thinking to make your roof better than ever, you'd be a fool to hire him.

Oprah is the first African-American woman to receive the award.

But these awards, and this presentation of them, reflected how awards work in general.

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