Here's why the Golden Globes was super important

A fiery and impassioned speech by Oprah Winfrey at Sunday night's Golden Globes Awards has set the Internet abuzz with speculation and perhaps wishful thinking: Oprah for president in 2020?

If there was one clear victor on Sunday, it was "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", which nabbed Globes as best drama, for writer Martin McDonagh (who also directed the film), star Frances McDormand and co-star Sam Rockwell.

"That said, given the choice between Oprah and our current president, I'm on the bus with Oprah travelling the country encouraging people to sign up and vote", he said.

Numerous female recipients, including Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, both of "Big Little Lies", spoke about the need for the telling of women's stories and the change those stories can bring.

"I think lessons we all learned from watching Hillary's run, and how her ambition was unfavourably and unfairly viewed, coupled with Oprah's existing popularity, could give Oprah a strong start", Palmieri said.

Winfrey herself has never publicly stated any cut-and-dried desire to run for office - reportedly saying "I don't - I don't" backstage at the Globes when asked if she planned to run.

Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel said at a press conference Monday that he thought Winfrey's speech was "preaching to the choir" with her Hollywood audience. Kidman chalked the win up to "the power of women".

Meanwhile, numerous women who won Golden Globes used their time on stage to speak about gender equality, giving the awards show the bulk of its most inspiring moments. She perfected a particular sort of talk-show format and, despite launching or helping the careers of cranks such as Dr. Oz and anti-vaccine activist Jenny McCarthy, promoted conversations that wouldn't otherwise have taken place. Dern was joined by farmworker advocate Monica Ramirez, Michelle Williams with "Me Too" founder Tarana Burke, and Meryl Streep with domestic worker advocate Ai-jen Poo. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. "We no longer live in the gaps between the stories".

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Greta Gerwig's mother-daughter tale "Lady Bird" won best picture, comedy or musical, and best actress for Saoirse Ronan. "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo Del Toro won the category this year, but Portman won the sisterhood for the foreseeable future.

The emotional Mexican-born filmmaker's acceptance speech was an ode to his love affair with monsters. From the sea of glittering black gowns worn in solidarity on the usually multi-colored red carpet, to sly references to unequal pay and recognition for women, to Frances McDormand's salute to "a tectonic shift" in the Hollywood power structure, it was a night for reckoning - crowned by Oprah Winfrey's barn-raiser of a speech proclaiming "Their time is UP!" "Their time is up!" she shouted to a standing ovation.

"Too much recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women", the women added.

Emma's aim was to bring awareness to a cause she finds worthy during a time when hundreds of thousands of people are watching.

The build-up to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards already had us expecting the most socially and politically conscious ceremony to date, and Hollywood A-listers certainly delivered.

Some operatives think she has what it takes to be a viable presidential candidate.

"You wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man", said Brown.

The theme prevailed throughout the night, both on the red carpet and during the ceremony itself, though with mixed results.

  • Angelo Rivera