Oprah Winfrey, 63, was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globes, which is given to “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
Previous recipients include Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Robin Williams and Morgan Freeman.
But, just hours ago, Winfrey made history.
The talk show host, philanthropist, actress and producer, is the first black woman to ever receive the award.
In front of an audience of hundreds dressed in black, Winfrey delivered a nine-minute speech, which might just be one of the most important to ever be broadcast at an awards show.
She addressed the ‘Me Too’ movement, and repeated the now iconic words, “Their time is up”.
Below, is the full transcript of Winfrey’s speech.
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: ‘The winner is Sidney Poitier.’
Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mum came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses.
But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in Lilies of the Field, ‘Amen, amen. Amen, amen.’