Best: Oprah Brings the House Down
An almost unison cry of "OPRAH 2020" went up across social media after Ms. Winfrey finished her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. The star used her platform – as she so often has during her long, illustrious and multi-hyphenated career – to both inspire and call out injustices committed against women and minorities. In the course of a politically charged nine-minute address, she drew attention to the fact that the ills the Time's Up movement is grappling with go far beyond Hollywood, and talked about what it meant to her growing up to see African American performers honored in a white-dominated industry. She also shared the story of the recently deceased Recy Taylor, a black woman who was brutally raped by six white men in the 1940s and whose assailants were never brought to justice.
And then Winfrey delivered what may be the thesis of the night: "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!" The audience was quickly on their feet. Where do we cast our ballots? JS