Oprah Winfrey accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field” at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on January 7, 2018. Photo credit: HFPA Photographer
Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown were recognized at the 75th Golden Globes hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association making historic marks for African Americans for their awards.
Winfrey became the first African American woman to receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award for her outstanding lifetime of contributions to the entertainment industry. She arrived to the stage to a standing ovation and delivered a powerful speech that visibly moved many to tears as she shared her humble beginnings and the life-changing impact, as a child, watching Sidney Poitier become the first African American man to receive the award.
“At this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this award. I want all the girls watching to know: A new day is on the horizon,” said Winfrey.
Brown took home the coveted Golden Globe for his role as ‘Randall Pearson’ in NBC’s “This Is Us” making him the first African American to receive the award for best performance of an actor in a television series – drama in the award show’s history. During his acceptance speech, Brown applauded series creator and writer, Dan Fogelman for being intentional in creating an African American character that has allowed him to be seen for who he is and being appreciated for who he is.
The night of celebration also was infused with a sense of power as celebrities turned the red carpet into a sea of black as they championed the sentiments of the #Me Too movement sparked by the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. A number of celebrities invited activists to attend the industry award show as their special guests, including original #Me Too founder, Tarana Burke, invited by actress Michelle Williams. Male celebrities also arrived wearing black and white “Time’s Up” pins to show their solidarity for ushering in a new era in Hollywood against sexual assault and abuse of both women and men.
The night also saw top wins for a number of films/TV series based on women, including: Lady Bird, Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tail and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
For a complete list of 2018 Golden Globes nominees/winners, click here.