Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech brought the crowd to a standstill at the 2017 Golden Globes.
The distinguished star received the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award and took the opportunity to speak about the multicultural diversity within the industry and slammed the country’s President-elect for his “memorable performance.”
The 67-year-old actress took to the stage to a standing ovation and revealed she had lost her voice before noting the star-studded room was filled with the most “vilified” segments: Hollywood, foreign, and the press.
She acknowledged the numerous actors and actresses in the room - including Ryan Gosling, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Adams and Natalie Portman - who were born and raised in various countries and cities in America and asked them: "Where are their birth certificates?"
She went on to admit that "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts," she said, speaking about the repercussions if Donald Trump were to close America’s borders.
The Devil Wears Prada actress then began to tear up when mentioning one of Donald Trump’s "performances" last year that particularly stood: when he mocked disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski from The New York Times.
The New York Times. Photo: Getty Images">
"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same,” she said.
"Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence," she continued. "When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose."
She stressed the importance of the press needing to stand up to Trump: "We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage ... We're going to need them going forward and they're going to need us to safeguard the truth.”
She concluded her speech by quoting Carrie Fisher: "As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.'"
Viola Davis presented the lifetime achievement award that honors those with "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” to the prolific actress, who has won eight Golden Globes and collected 29 nominations.
Meryl was also nominated for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.
The 74th Golden Globes hosted by Jimmy Fallon was certainly a memorable affair.
The night’s big winner was La La Land, which broke Golden Globe records winning all seven nominations - a first ever for one film.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling took out best actor and actress for the comedy and musical category.