Oprah Winfrey has always been ‘Aunt Oprah’ in my head.
How could anyone not love this inspirational, articulate, humanitarian?
Last night she was honored at the Golden Globes with the Cecil B DeMille award. Her barnstorming acceptance speech has been hailed as ‘one of the greatest ever.’
Social media went into overdrive, imploring the former talk show host to make a presidential run in 2020.
Her longtime partner Stedman Graham led the charge. He told The Los Angeles Times: ‘It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.’
Gayle King, Winfrey’s best friend also told the newspaper: ‘I thought that speech was incredible. I got goosebumps.’
In her powerful speech Winfrey called for female empowerment.
The ‘Beloved’ actress urged men and women to work together to ensure no one ever has to utter the words ‘Me Too’ again.
The actress and businesswoman received a lengthy standing ovation at Sunday’s Globes ceremony.
Oprah said she was honored to be the first black woman to receive the coveted Cecil B DeMille.
The 63-year-old, who left most of the audience in tears, began her speech speaking about the feelings she had as a young girl.
She recalled watching Sidney Poitier win the best actor Academy Award in 1964.
‘It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award,’ Oprah said.
‘It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.’
‘I want all the girls watching here to know that a new day is on the horizon.’
‘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.’
Winfrey’s speech was widely praised with many calling ‘it one of the greatest American speeches’ as others urged her to make a run for President in 2020.
Her bid for President was even backed by NBC’s official Twitter account.
It declared Oprah to be ‘our future president.’
Host Seth Meyers even made a joke in his monologue about a run by Winfrey.
‘In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Jokes about how he was unqualified to be president,’ he said.
‘Some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!’