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    The 2017 Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Is Meryl Streep!


    The Golden Globes 74th Annual Award ceremony took place on Sunday 8th of January, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. The award which honours the best in America’s film and Television was hosted by actor and talk-show host Jimmy Fallon.

    Meryl Streep, Eight-Time Golden Globes winner was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. A well deserving award for a woman who is hardworking, consistent and diligent.

    Her powerful acceptance speech has also gained headlines as she called out American President Elect Donald J. Trump who mocked a disabled New York Times reporter in 2015. Aside that, she also spoke about Diversity in the creative arts which adds a new dimension to the American entertainment industry. She was applauded by the Golden Globes guests for bringing politics to the show and talking about what matters.

    Meryl Streep Giving Acceptance Speech at the 2017 Golden Globes Ceremony for her Lifetime Achievement Award

    Here is Meryl Streep’s 2017 Golden Globes Speech Below:

    Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all. You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend. And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read.

    Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You 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.

    But who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids in Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy. And Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in London — no, in Ireland I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a girl in small-town Virginia.

    Actress Ruth Negga who was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia but grey up in London, United Kingdom on the red carpet of the 2017 Golden Globes.

    Ryan Gosling, like all of the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.

    They gave me three seconds to say this, so: 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.

    But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. O.K., go on with it.

    O.K., this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

    One more thing: Once, when I was standing around on the set one day, whining about something — you know we were gonna work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is, and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.

    As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art”.

    Viola Davis introduction speech to Meryl Streep for her Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2017 Golden Globes

    Actress Viola Davis introduced Meryl Streep for the award. Here is her introduction speech below.

    “She is a high-powered scanning machine she’s recording you. She is an observer and a thief. She waits to share what she has stolen on that sacred place, which is the screen. 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’re in them, patiently waiting, using yourself as a conduit, encouraging them, coaxing them to release all their mess, expose, to live. You are a muse. Your impact encouraged me to stay in the line. …………..

    I haven’t said anything. But I’m gonna say it now. You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me, my body, my face, my age, is enough. You encapsulate that great Émile Zola quote that “If you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I an artist would say, I came to live out loud”.

    Girl Power to both Meryly Streep and Viola Davis all the way. We need more women supporting other women because we rock together.

     

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