Meryl Streep, who was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the recently concluded Golden Globes, made quite an impact with her meaningful speech.
The actress’s voice was faltering due to a bad throat, but that didn’t deter her from voicing her opinion on some much talked about issues plaguing the industry and the US. Speaking on the issue of racial diversity in Hollywood, Streep talked about the origins of actors such as Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica-Parker, Ruth Nega, Dev Patel and many others who are not born in the United States, and stressed on the importance of diversity and how it has helped Hollywood.
Also talking about the privilege and responsibility of being an actor, Streep expressed her pride on being one and deemed the Golden Globes as a proud occasion to celebrate the films Hollywood rolls out.
Taking a sudden serious turn, the It’s Complicated actress then went on to talk about the newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump. Expressing her displeasure and shock about how Trump imitated a disabled reporter and how it was the wrong role model for other Americans to follow, Meryl stressed on how the journalist community needed to be fully supported as the gathering listened poignantly.
Ending with a quote by the fictional Star Wars character Princess Leia, essayed by the late Carrie Frances Fisher, Streep walked off the dais to a thundering applause from the gathering.
It was one of the most memorable and poignant award speeches indeed!
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 9, 2017