Last night’s Golden Globes had it all; drama (thank you Winona Ryder), suspense (wondering if Kirk Douglas would live to the end of each sentence), intrigue (Is Susan Sarandon gonna start some shit?!) and most notably, Oprah bringing the house down. Let me rephrase, Oprah BURNT the house down.
In case you missed it, or if you just want to get yourself a little extra life by watching it again, here it is.
And here’s Reese’s intro:
Reese Witherspoon presents Oprah Winfrey with the Cecil B. DeMille Award: "I began asking people, 'if you could say one thing to Oprah, what would you say?'… Tell her thank you. Thank you for teaching us. For inspiring us. For encouraging us." #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/vZb5KOd4Ie
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 8, 2018
I am usually lukewarm on Oprah. I love her as a cultural icon but she’s also very ridiculous. I can’t pretend I didn’t see those goofy Weight Watchers commercials they keep showing where’s she’s whoopin’ and hollerin’ about “freesyle” tacos. But love her or hate her, there is one thing you cannot deny: she can stand and deliver. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah got 3 standing ovations during her speech and they were well earned. Her speech was masterful in content, structure and presentation. Oprah is the friend you want to give your wedding toast.
Even though Oprah came on stage wearing her reading glasses, it wasn’t really like that. That’s not Oprah’s style. Everybody knows Oprah’s on that inspiration/aspirational tip. Oprah touched on some really important issues, specifically giving folks a history lesson about Recy Taylor and Rosa Parks while masterfully articulating the meaning behind the whole GG “Time’s Up” business. Honestly, I wasn’t really seeing the point until Oprah oprahed it. By the end I was screaming “that’s right, Time’s up motherfucker!” to my cat who doesn’t even have testicles anymore.
“It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.”
The best part of Oprah’s speech though was our dear friend The Notorious Laura Jeanne Poon who both introduced Oprah (and let us know it’s ok to use Oprah and a verb, see above) and walked her offstage and the giddy joy in her face as she tries to make the world think that Oprah’s like, basically, her BFF.
Here’s some shots of Oprah and her two BFFs Gayle and Reese.