There was no shortage of Black brilliance on display during last night’s Golden Globes, as both Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown set historical precedents during the ceremony.

The “Queen of All Media” Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win a prestigious Cecile B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. During her rousing speech, the television titan commemorated the life of civil rights figure Recy Taylor, who was abducted and raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944 and passed away in December at age 97.

“She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men,” she said. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.”

Watch her full speech below.



Past black recipients of the Cecile B. DeMille Award include Denzel Washington (2016), Morgan Freeman (2012) and Sidney Poitier (1982).

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown became the first black man to win the award for best performance by an actor in a TV series drama. During his acceptance speech, Brown acknowledged and thanked show creator Dan Fogelman for writing his character so authentically.

“Throughout the majority of my career, I’ve benefited from colorblind casting, which means, ‘Hey, let’s throw a brother in this role. That’s always really cool,’” he said. “But Dan Fogelman, you wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man. So what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.”

See his full speech below.

Black actors who have been nominated in the category in the past include Wentworth Miller for Prison Break (2006), James Earl Jones for Gabriel’s Fire (1991) and Pros & Cons (1992), and Philip Michael Thomas for Miami Vice (1986).

Stand-up Aziz Ansari also made history as the first actor of Asian decent to win for Best TV Actor- Comedy for Netflix favorite, Master of None.

Box-office hit GET OUT was nominated for best musical or comedy, but lost to Lady Bird. Daniel Kaluuya, who stars in the film, was nominated for best actor, but also lost, leading many to complain online about the snub.



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