The entertainment entrepreneur’s electrifying speech at the Golden Globes produced an outpouring of reaction urging the celebrity to run in 2020
Oprah Winfrey for president? That was the burning question in American politics on Monday after the entertainment celebrity and entrepreneur delivered a barnstorming speech that had many hailing her as the antidote to Donald Trump.
Speaking at the Golden Globe awards in Hollywood on Sunday night, Winfrey moved the audience to tears as she praised women who have shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse and declared that “a new day is on the horizon”.
On the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the R&B star told of a history of sexual harassment she faced as a child
Soul and R&B singer Mary J Blige has detailed a history of sexual harassment she faced as a child, in a red carpet interview at the Golden Globes.
After a discussion of the recent wave of sexual harassment that has come to light in Hollywood, Blige was asked if she’d faced struggles of her own. She replied: “I’ve had to fight since I was five years old … ever since [the ages of] five to 17 I’ve been going through hell with sexual harassment”. She said she hadn’t faced harassment during her time in the music industry, saying that “by the time I got to the music business it was like, ‘Don’t touch me or I’ll kill you’.”
The first major ceremony of the season comes after a tumultuous year in Hollywood, and stars will pay tribute to the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment
Awards season kicks off on Sunday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reward the best films and TV shows of the year. But the conversation around the 75th Golden Globes has centred less on the potential winners and more on how the ceremony will be affected by the ever-growing #MeToo movement.
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Big-screen contenders include Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out, Guillermo del Toro’s romance The Shape of Water and Greta Gerwig’s comedy Lady Bird
•Who will win – and who should win – the TV categories
The best motion picture (drama) category is wide open at the Golden Globes this year and there is, unlike last year, no consensus about the frontrunners. But Guillermo del Toro’s sublime fantasy The Shape of Water has attracted so much international critical support that I expect it to triumph (although in fact it could quite plausibly be entered in the musical or comedy category). Luca Guadagnino’s passionate love story Call Me By Your Name will arguably garner support among the Foreign Press Association voters and it is still my personal favourite, though I think Del Toro will come out on top. Having said that: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, are all real contenders, considerably more than wild cards.