There couldn’t have been one dry eye at the 2017 Golden Globes after Meryl Streep’s powerful speech. After accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Meryl acknowledged the devastating passing of her good friend, Carrie Fisher. Watch the emotional moment where she quoted Carrie, right here.
Meryl Streep, 67, had us in tears at the 2017 Golden Globes, Jan. 8, when she quoted her good friend, the late Carrie Fisher. She ended her powerful speech with: “As my dear departed Princess Leia once said, ‘Take your broken heart. Make it into art.'” Meryl remembered Carrie while in tears. Her voice was shaking, and she even paused before acknowledging her good friend. Watch the emotional moment below.
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After her impactful speech, where she even dissed Donald Trump, 70, the camera panned to the audience who lingered on Meryl’s every word. Kerry Washington, 39, was one of the many stars who was in tears over Meryl’s emotionally powerful words. She even spoke of power of empathy, and how we need to treat each other with respect. Read the full speech here:
“Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you. This town, thank you. I love you all, but 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 from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Venento, 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 ‑‑ no ‑‑ in Ireland, I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a small‑town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for 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 hook in my heart not because it was good. It was ‑‑ 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, and 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 kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence insights violence. The powerful‑use definition to bully others, we all lose. Okay. Go on with that thing. Okay. This brings me to the press. We need the principal press to hold power to account to call them on the carpet for every outrage.
That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedom in our Constitution. So I only ask the famously well‑healed Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists because we are going to 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 going to 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 very 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.” Thank you, friend.”
Meryl’s had a busy week. She was in Hollywood earlier this week on Jan. 5, where she presented her friend, Viola Davis, 51, with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Then, on the same day, Meryl performed at her good friend, Carrie Fisher‘s touching memorial, which took place at her Beverly Hills estate with about 125 of her closest friends. Meryl performed Carrie’s favorite song, “Happy Days Are Here Again” and had everyone in attendance singing, a family friend told PEOPLE. We wouldn’t expect anything less.
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