It’s safe to say that Meryl Streep pretty much stole the show at last night’s Golden Globe Awards.
The eight-time Golden Globe winner was presented with the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award by none other than Viola Davis, no doubt returning the favour after Meryl Streep proudly awarded her with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week. Aren’t they just the cutest?
Meryl Streep was clearly humbled by the honour of the award, but her acceptance speech gave us so much more than we could have ever expected.
She used her time in front of the audience wisely, and essentially spoke about president-elect Donald Trump (without naming him either – keeping it classy!) and the importance of diversity and acceptance in Hollywood…
It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.
“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.
“And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners
And here’s what Meryl had to say about Hollywood…
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” she said. “If you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.
“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that, breath-taking, passionate work.”
Meryl also addressed issues surrounding the press…
We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.
“This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.
“So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the committee to protect journalists. Because we’re going to need them going forward. And they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”
These are only a few snippets from Meryl Streep’s passionate and powerful speech – we urge you to read the whole thing to get a sense of how brilliant this woman is.
We can’t even begin to tell you how much we admire this woman!