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.
Later, electrified by her speech onstage at an unusually politicised Golden Globes, celebrities in the audience and fans watching from home were so ready to vote Oprah into the White House that a hashtag quickly gained momentum: #Oprah2020.
"I think one of the arguments for Oprah is 45", Pelosi said, referring to Trump in shorthand for the 45th president. "I tried many many times to explain what that means to a little girl watching from the cheap seats, as her mom came through the door, bone exhausted from cleaning other people's houses".
The avalanche of recent sexual harassment cases did not just affect the entertainment industry, she said, but "transcend any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace". It was a series about a group of women realizing they're far more powerful as a group than they are as rivals.
Winfrey paid homage to women everywhere and survivors of abuse in a speech so stirring, some were moved to declare her presidential material. "She would absolutely do it".
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men", Winfrey said.
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Winfrey said she hoped the spirit of Recy Taylor, a Civil Rights-era rape victim defended by Rosa Parks who died a few days ago, was with all those who are tormented and inspired to keep marching on.
There were other moments, unrelated to this through line: Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric (probably an understatement) writer-director of the very bad (probably an understatement) 2003 film The Room, joined James Franco on stage as Franco accepted the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy or musical for playing Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.
He beat contender Timothee Chalamet, who was a critical favourite for his portrayal of a young man in the midst of a sexual awakening in Call Me By Your Name.
Winfrey said all the people she has portrayed or interviewed who have endured some of the ugliest things life can throw at them have shared a common trait: An ability to maintain hope for a brighter day. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too"' again", she concluded to a standing ovation. Director Ava DuVernay later wrote on Twitter that the room was "still vibrating like electricity from that speech". CNN reports that she is "actively thinking" about a potential run, according to friends of hers. "Oprah, you will never be president". You do not have what it takes. "You're too mean and unrelatable". "Now we just wait and see". Dern gave one of the most specific speeches of the night addressing the Time's Up agenda, reminding her colleagues of the concept of restorative justice - saying that it's important to support and employ those who have reported abuse and harassment. Gary Oldman won best actor (drama) for playing Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour"; Frances McDormand won best actress (drama) for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". Netflix got in on the act with Master of None, for which Aziz Ansari won best actor in a comedy.
Almost everyone wore variations on black, in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to end sexual assault, harassment and violence in the workplace. "We feel emboldened in this particular moment", Streep said, "to stand together in a thick black line dividing then from now".
But these awards, and this presentation of them, reflected how awards work in general. Emma Stone brought activist and former tennis pro Billie Jean King, whom Stone played in "Battle of the Sexes".