During his opening monologue, when Golden Globes host Seth Meyers encouraged Oprah Winfrey to run for President (with Tom Hanks on the ticket), the media mogul had a good laugh. But after her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award – an honorary award for outstanding contributions to entertainment – celebrities and social media users started to rally around the idea of a Winfrey presidential campaign. Could the former talk show host be considering a run for the White House?
According to People Magazine, Winfrey’s moving speech made it easy for people to picture her behind a Presidential podium, and her good friend, Gayle King, said that the speech was incredible and gave her goosebumps. Other celebrities started talking about a possible President Winfrey, with actress Meryl Streep telling The Washington Post that she would endorse the 63-year-old TV personality on a Presidential ticket.
“She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president. I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice,” said Streep.
Per The Hill, Winfrey paid homage to the press and victims of sexual abuse during her acceptance of the Demille award, and she said that she wanted all the girls watching to know that a new day is on the horizon. She added that there will come a time when no one else has to say “me too” ever again.
After recalling a time in her childhood when she watched Sidney Poitier became the first black person to win the Oscar for Best Actor, Winfrey went on to say that it wasn’t lost on her during the moment that there is a little girl watching her become the first black woman to receive the Demille award. She said it was an honor and privilege to share the evening with them.
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In an interview after the show, Winfrey denied that she was considering a Presidential run, but her longtime companion, Stedman Graham, said that it would be up to the people, and Winfrey would “absolutely do it.”
This isn’t the first time she has attempted to shut down rumors of a future in politics, telling CBS back in October that it wouldn’t happen. And, in June she told The Hollywood Reporter that she would never run for public office.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that other celebrities gave Winfrey shout-outs during their acceptance speeches, including winners Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us and Rachel Brosnahan from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Winfrey 2020 also became a trending topic on Twitter, with John Stamos and Sarah Silverman tweeting their support. Even NBC’s official account praised her, referring to her as “our future President.”
Oprah Winfrey has not commented on any political ambitions.