“Oprah Winfrey 2020” is the resounding war-cry following last night’s Golden Globe Awards in California. Because ‘time is up’.
‘Time is up’ for men in power who abuse women was the message punctuated by 63-year-old Winfrey, in the wake of the stream of sexual assault allegations levelled against Hollywood heavyweights.
‘Time is up’ for inequality regarding gender, race, religion, Winfrey told the audience, upon becoming the first black woman to win the Cecil B Demille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”.
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“I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue,” she said.
‘Time is up’ for a system – across all industries – that has for too long protected white men, and degraded women and women of colour, the media mogul bellowed.
The room was on its feet before she was halfway through, and the reactions from celebrities to her speech have been near-unprecedented in their unified message of gratitude.
“I will now officially divide time like this: ‘Everything that happened before Oprah speech: Everything that will happen after’,” said actress Reese Witherspoon.
I will now officially divide time like this : Everything that happened before @Oprah speech : Everything that will happen after.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 8, 2018
But, more than this, in Winfrey’s words there was a new hope. She presented the audience – the world – with a way forward, and she showed a passion and power that could lead that way forward.
“There’s a new day on the horizon,” Winfrey said. “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.”
Following her speech, several people are calling for her to run in the 2020 United States Presidential Race.
Comedian Sarah Silverman lit the fire, tweeting: “Oprah/Michelle 2020”.
Singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr commented: “She’s running. A new day is on the way.”
Meryl Streep was quoted as telling the Washington Post that she wants Winfrey in the White House.
“She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president,” Streep reportedly said after the show ended. “I don’t think she had any intention (of declaring). But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
And singer and producer Brad Walsh wrote: “She is quite literally the Antitrump”.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 8, 2018
The idea is not inconceivable, either. Speaking to CNN on Monday, two of Winfrey’s confidants – who chose to remain anonymous – confirmed she is “actively thinking” about entering into politics and is receiving considerable encouragement from those around her.
Though the sources said Winfrey’s mind is far from made up, they suggested she’s been having conversations about running for presidency for several months.
Winfrey’s long-term partner Stedman Graham also confirmed it’s a possibility when speaking to reporters after last night’s event.
“It’s up to the people,” Graham told a Los Angeles Times reporter. “She would absolutely do it.”
The Democratic race for president won’t begin until after the 2018 midterms. But now, especially considering the added attention following last night’s speech, would be an ideal time to start unofficially campaigning.
Congratulations @Oprah! You are an incredible role model. Thank you for your inspiring and moving words and for everything you have done for me personally. You have changed my life. ❤
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2018
Alongside those urging Winfrey to go up against current US President Donald Trump, there were other celebrities simply in awe by her words on the Golden Globes stage.
Singer Mariah Carey hailed Winfrey as an “incredible role model”.
She tweeted: “Congratulations Oprah. You are an incredible role model. Thank you for your inspiring and moving words and for everything you have done for me personally. You have changed my life”.
Apollo 13 director Ron Howard described Winfrey’s speech as “the most extraordinary and inspiring moment”.
Howard tweeted: “Probably the most extraordinary & inspiring moment I’ve ever witnessed at an award show. I had to dry my eyes before presenting the director’s award right after Oprah’s speech.”
Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs also enthused about the speech, tweeting: “If you didn’t watch Oprah elevating the art of communication and inspiration at the GoldenGlobes, get your children – get your daughters – and do yourselves a favour. Show them how leaders SHOULD speak”.
If you didn’t watch @Oprah elevating the art of communication and inspiration at the @GoldenGlobes, get your children – get your daughters – and do yourselves a favour. Show them how leaders SHOULD speak.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) January 8, 2018
Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser tweeted: “This is the sermon I needed today. Thank you Oprah.”
Maria Shriver, the former wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, said she was “proud” of Winfrey, adding: “A new day is on the horizon. Yes it is. May we all greet it with hope, resolve and faith. #TIMESUP.”
Actor Josh Gad wrote: “Can we all agree that Oprah deserves a planet named after her.”
While actress Evan Rachel Wood wrote: “And now I’m crying. Thank you Oprah for nailing it once again.”
This is the sermon I needed today. Thank you @Oprah.
— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) January 8, 2018