Alim Kheraj
January 09, 2017 1:07 am
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The moment that everyone is talking about from last night’s Golden Globes is Meryl Streep’s incredibly moving and powerful speech.

Streep gave the speech after being presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by fellow award-winner, Viola Davis, who had the most supportive thing to say about the iconic actor. Indeed, Streep had this week previously presented Davis with her star on the Walk of Fame, and the pair worked together on the 2008 film Doubt, which also starred the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Speaking for over five minutes, Meryl Streep touched on various points, including the need to defend the free press and the cultural melting pot that is Hollywood.

Beginning by thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press, Meryl said that “[y]ou and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.” 

She then went on to question exactly what Hollywood is, detailing that many of the famous faces present, including herself, Sarah Paulson, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, and Ruth Negga, had all been born in different places.

Continuing, she added: “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. Breathtaking, compassionate work.” 

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Then, in a bold and divisive move, Streep then went on to speak about the incident where it appeared that Donald Trump had mocked a disabled New York Times reporter.

Meryl Streep then made an impassioned call for everyone to support the Committee to Protect Journalists as “we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.” 

Finally, the acting legend, who has won a staggering eight Golden Globes, turned her focus to the privilege of being an actor, before giving a tribute to her friend, the late-Carrie Fisher.

Watch Meryl Streep’s full Golden Globes speech below.

Read a full transcript of Meryl Streep’s speech below (via New York Times).

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