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09 January 2018, 12:43 | Lowell Little
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On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award. She has ruled out in the past any hopes for running for president in 2020. "You do not have what it takes!" And Hanks! Where's Hanks? You will never be vice-president. You are too mean and unrelatable.
Oprah Winfrey is a veteran talk show host and media mogul, with Forbes estimating her net worth at $2.8 billion. "I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon", she said to thunderous applause.
The Globes resiliently cling to that ancient (and confining) Beverly Hilton ballroom setting and an A-list-collides-with-B-list vibe. Videos and transcripts of the speech were widely shared on social media on Monday morning.
But some of her friends and even her long-term partner Stedman Graham have thrown their support behind Winfrey. Oprah left many of her colleagues teary-eyed with her absolutely inspiring speech. "I got goose bumps".
It's tempting to see all this attention paid to Oprah and say, "Hey, at least she'd be better than Trump".
Her male counterpart was Gary Oldman, who picked up best actor in a drama for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. "With every day's revelation, I thought, 'Here is an opportunity for something really powerful.' How do we use this moment to elevate what is happening instead of continually victimizing ourselves?" "Okaay!" she reportedly responded.
In the past, Winfrey has definitely shut down the suggestion.
In her speech, Winfrey highlighted the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman whose 1944 rape by six men did not lead to any convictions.
There have also been several moments where Winfrey has teased at the possibility.
Tagging the author, she wrote, "Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!"
We all know what great predictors polls are.
Winfrey strongly shut down speculation that she would run for president in June 2017 during a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter.
"So if that's true", Meyers said, pointing to Winfrey. "It was clearly a joke", King said on CBS. Lovett told Recy to "act just like you do with your husband or I'll cut your damn throat".
Honestly, the tweets, the comments - they all could have been fun little jokes.
Although a TV star winning the presidency hasn't worked out that well so far, people are very serious about wanting the The Color Purple actress to take over the White House.
Seeming to belittle Mr. Trump without ever uttering his name, Oprah shone like the pearl of popular culture that she is and has always been. Mr. Trump had a 61 percent unfavorable score in Gallup's November 2016 poll just before the election. She was most popular with Democrats (72 percent) and independents (51 percent).
Barbra Streisand also used her presenting slot to express outrage that she remains the only woman to win the best director award at the ceremony - and that was back in 1984. "What Time's Up is doing with the legal defense fund is a major step". Over 30 years, she became the face of television talk shows, starred and produced feature films, and began her own network. It's possible Oprah could prove herself worthy of the attention being put on the idea of her running for president.
"It came from such a pure instinctive place", she said on the podcast. And now I'm thinking, 'Oh!
And he added the pro-Hillary Clinton hashtag #ImWithHer.
But would she challenge Trump?
"I slept on it and came to the conclusion that the Oprah thing isn't that insane", tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, the president whom Winfrey was credited with helping to elect in 2008.
The theme was echoed by Laura Dern, victor of a best supporting actress for Big Little Lies, who said: "Many of us were taught not to tattle". I can tell because it's been long since a white man has been nervous in Hollywood.
Then there's the time Winfrey interviewed Trump about his presidential hopes - in 1988. "Clearly, Oprah is just as accomplished".
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