She went on to call out the recent departure from E!
Reese Witherspoon may have summed up the message of this most unusual of awards evenings the best, when she took a turn to speak as Big Little Lies was honoured for Best Limited TV Series: "People out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse ... time is up". Other actresses followed Messing's lead, repeatedly dunking on the very network hosting the broadcast, turning its ubiquity on awards day against it. That's what makes them a good venue for takeover. They talked about the importance of standards for the representation of women of color particularly - and they did it using the word "intersectionality".
The assembled entertainment-industry Oprah adulators traded places with the Washington press corps as this nation's premier Republican-disdaining, Trump-hating leftists. I think that what Time's Up is doing with a legal defence fund is a major step.
A reader named Colleen asked, "Why not?" At the dinner, Meyers made some jokes about Trump's rumored plans to run for president, jokes which allegedly inspired Trump to go through the campaign. You can't criticise Trump for having no relevant experience or evident understanding of public policy, then say that the solution for Democrats is just to throw up their hands and find their own celebrity to promote. In punchlines on Weinstein - "the elephant not in the room" - Kevin Spacey and Hollywood's deeper gender biases, Meyers scored laughs throughout the ballroom, and maybe a sense of release.
Winfrey, a filmmaker, actor, philanthropist, Presidential Medal Of Freedom victor and star of the upcoming adaptation "A Wrinkle in Time", said speaking up is more important now than ever, as the media and the very idea of facts are under siege.
Vicious maybe, but Meyers did it with panache, and proved to be the right steward for what was, laughs and personal attacks aside, a more earnest-than-usual evening for the Globes, a show known for its almost-anything-could-happen vibe. "Time's up. We need more women directors, and we need more women to be nominated for best director". Allison Janney took best supporting actress in a comedy for the Tonya Harding tale "I, Tonya". Her epic acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award is now also moving markets. "And for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men".
The idea of Winfrey running for president has been rumored for months, but speculation was fueled on Sunday night after her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes.
"I want all the girls watching here, now to know that a new day is on the horizon", she said.
"In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she'd attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church". It seemed to rile up Natalie Portman, who came out with Ron Howard to present the award for Best Director and pointedly introduced the "all-male nominees".
"Switched back to the Golden Globes to watch Oprah get her award", MSNBC's Joy Reid tweeted. Despite being the favourite to win, Get Out was beaten by Lady Bird for best picture and British actor Daniel Kaluuya managed to lose to James Franco in the best actor category.