Tonight at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, La La Land won a million awards, Sarah Paulson walked away with a statue, and there was a ton of fun celeb banter. But the highlight of the award ceremony was Viola Davis presenting Meryl Streep with the Cecil B. DeMille award in a moving and poetic tribute.
That’s right, after a whopping 30 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins (in addition to 19 Academy Award nominations with three wins), Meryl Streep is finally being honored for being the downright legendary actress and person she is. With Davis presenting the award, the two shared a moment we were all honored to witness.
Check out Davis’ full remarks below:
Davis, who worked with Streep on the 2008 film Doubt, honored Streep with an inspired speech so beautiful, it was truly a work of poetry. Speaking of Streep and the artistry she inspires, Davis said,
“She makes the most heroic characters vulnerable, the most known familiar, the most despised relatable. Dame Streep. Her artistry reminds us of the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone. I can only imagine where you go, Meryl, when you disappear into a character. I imagine that you are in them, patiently waiting, using yourself as a conduit, encouraging them, coaxing them to release all their mess, confess, expose, to live.”