The ceremony's host Seth Meyers set the tone for the evening in his opening monologue.
"Good evening, ladies and remaining gentleman", Meyers began. And E!, which normally inquires about dresses and asks women to pose for photos of their shoes and nails, broadcast interview after interview in which these activists were introduced and their organizations named.
Mayers referenced in his opening monologue comments he had made about current United States president Donald Trump during the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
"Some have said that night convinced him to run", he continued. "A new day is on the horizon", she said. You do not have what it takes!' Meyers said on Sunday.
Winfrey articulated a thread about female empowerment that stretched out throughout the night.
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After college, she went into journalism before reigning for 25 years as queen of the USA talk show, ushering in an era of confessional television before becoming the first black woman to own a television network. Eighteen years later, he received the Cecil B DeMille award at the 1982 Golden Globes.
"His tie was white and of course his skin was black and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that", Winfrey said. And I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.
Streep brought along Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. "I'm a businessman, not a politician" they declare, to the nods of their future constituents. "They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military".
"And here are all the male nominees", she said, introducing Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Spielberg (The Post), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World) and eventual victor, The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. He had glowing things to say about her political prospects back in 1999. He called her "sounder on economics than Bernie Sanders, understands Middle America better than Elizabeth Warren, less touchy-feely than Joe Biden, more pleasant than Andrew Cuomo, more charismatic than John Hickenlooper". And she went further: "May we teach our children", she said, "that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new North Star".
In the true fashion of a politician considering a run, she's played coy on the subject in the past (using the word "Never!" multiple times), but Winfrey's impassioned remarks on the #MeToo movement and forward-looking tone didn't do much to put rest to the rumors that she could put her hat in the 2020 ring. "We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director". In addition to Hulu's success with The Handmaid's Tale, the HFPA, it turns out, is just as fond of Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as it was of Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle (which won best comedy series in 2016). For Three Billboards, Frances McDormand took home the best actress in a drama award, co-star Sam Rockwell winning best supporting actor, Martin McDonagh winning best screenplay, and the movie named best picture.
Her story was chronicled earlier this year in a documentary titled, The Rape of Recy Taylor, which aimed to shed light on the sexual terrorizing of many Black women by White men during the Jim Crow era.