Golden Globes 2017: Meryl Streep Speech–Highlight of Show

There seems to be a consensus that the finest, most emotional, most poignant moment of the evening was the segment where Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement from presenter Viola Davis.

It’s worth noting that Streep got the first and only standing ovation of the evening, and there was complete silence in the ballroom (which is unusual) when she talked.

Disrespect invites disrespect; violence incites violence,” the winner said during her acceptance speech. “And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

President-elect Donald Trump fired back via Twitter, calling Streep “over-rated” and “Hillary flunky who lost big.”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

“For once, it was the speech — the pair of speeches (Davis introduction included) — that really elevated the evening from merely an expression of Hollywood’s collective ego to a larger meditation on why the industry does what it does.

Streep, both as an acting icon and as the one at the party winning a lifetime achievement award, had a unique opportunity to say something profound. And what she did say — which appeared to unfold to hushed, pin-drop silence in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton — directly addressed the discomfort of the night, smoothing over the blunt preachiness of other sincere efforts and finding the core seed of empathy and communication that is at the heart of entertainment.

Because Streep is herself — and represents in some ways the best impulses of Hollywood, if not always the best decisions — it was also delivered with an effortless, rapturous grace.

It was hard not to see how thoroughly Streep cared, how deeply she felt the need to speak out.  Streep’s earnest feeling was the most electric moment of the night, because she could communicate powerfully the message that she really wanted the world to be a better place.”