Oprah Winfrey makes history as first black female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award

By Updated at 2018-01-08 08:40:43 +0000


LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey made history tonight as the first black woman to be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award since its inception in 1952.

In her speech, she recognized Sidney Poitier for paving the way for black actors.

"In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best Oscar at the 36th Academy Awards,” she recalled.

“She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history. 'The winner is Sidney Poitier,’” she continued. “Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white and of course, his skin was black. And I'd never seen a black man being celebrated like that.”

“There are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award. It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them...”

The honor, which recognizes "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment," has been awarded to only four black actors and just 15 women in its 66-year history.

Winfrey joined the ranks of icons such as Joan Crawford, Poitier, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Audrey Hepburn, Denzel Washington, Barbra Streisand and, most recently, Meryl Streep.

Winfrey, 63, has had a long career in the entertainment industry. She hosted "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for more than two decades, founded "O, The Oprah Magazine" and launched a successful cable network, “OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.”

She's also had a successful film career, receiving a Golden Globe nomination in 1985 for "The Color Purple" and an Emmy nod for her role in HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

In recent years Winfrey has appeared in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Ava DuVernay's Oscar-winning "Selma" and she will appear next in DuVernay's “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Golden Globes Winners 2018:


Best Motion Picture, Drama


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
The Shape of Water
Call Me by Your Name

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Lady Bird
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Tom Hanks, The Post
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy

James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Screenplay

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Molly’s Game

Best Original Song

“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudboumd
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign-Language Film

In the Fade (Germany, France)
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
The Square


Best Television Series, Drama

The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things

Best Television Series, Comedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace

Best Limited Series or Television Movie

Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
The Sinner

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie

Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Claire Foy, The Crown
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
David Thewlis, Fargo

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